Sunday, 11 April 2010

South Belfast: Compare and Contrast

In Saturday's Belfast Telegraph Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Patterson described the desire for a unity candidate in South Belfast as follows:

"Mr Patterson dismissed talks of another localised deal at the expense of a UCUNF candidate. "There is no desire to have any such arrangement elsewhere," he said."

Whereas Saturday's Belfast News Letter had a leaked email from the Chairman of South Belfast Ulster Unionist Constituency Association which said:

"Let me assure you that the South Belfast officers have been working tirelessly for over recent months - indeed months and years! - to ascertain if such an arrangement would be possible in South Belfast. Discussions have taken place with the UUP leader, and other senior party officials, on several occasions, plus direct and indirect communication has taken place with senior DUP representatives."

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