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Thanks for the plug, but UUP omits key fact

There is a convention which applies in political circles at election time: it is that to refer to your political opponents by name in your statements or advertisements is unwise as it merely gives them publicity.

The UUP in their party election broadcast made that mistake last week. I would, however, wish to thank them for mentioning me by name in their broadcast and particularly for the context in which they did so as there are still some people who are unaware that MPs who are also MLAs don't get paid for their MLA role.

In some societies, carrying out a public duty without a salary is regarded as commendable. Perhaps the UUP think this convention is also wrong.

The fact that I carry out my duties as an MLA without a salary, because I already get paid in my role as an MP, was overlooked in their broadcast.

In the event that the UUP is going to mention me in their next broadcast (I realise that I am asking a lot to be mentioned again), if they intend to make the same mistake twice, perhaps they could include the non-salary bit as well.


East Londonderry


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