The two main unionist parties have continued to swap blows as their campaign moves into its closing days.
Ulster Unionist Upper Bann candidate Harry Hamilton said he could see no difference between Sinn Fein’s demand for negotiations with the Government over Northern Ireland’s block grant and the DUP’s insistence it will exploit a hung Parliament scenario.
“Perhaps they might negotiate together. A hung Parliament will be a disaster for the United Kingdom,” he said. “The DUP and Sinn Fein want to negotiate with Number 10, Conservatives and unionists are fighting to get into Number 10 — this is the fundamental difference at this election.”
The DUP’s William McCrea, however, said UUP leader Sir Reg Empey had ducked out of a BBC ‘on the stump’ interview because he “was terrified of being caught on tape trying to |explain his plan to slash the Northern Ireland block grant and sack teachers, nurses and classroom |assistants”.
Mr McCrea, facing Sir Reg in the South Antrim contest, said: “Whilst Reg deludes himself that he could ever be at the heart of Government in London the DUP is at the heart of South Antrim talking to people about the important issues which affect their lives.”