A former senior member of the DUP said an anti-conservative election billboard had not returned to bite the party because of its ties to Theresa May’s party.
rlene Foster will meet with the Prime Minister on Tuesday to discuss details of the deal between the two sides that will allow the Tory leader to lead a minority government in Westminster.
However, an election poster for the 2010 vote was circulated widely online contradicting the DUP’s desire to get into bed with the Tories.
“I want an MP who answers us – not the Conservatives. I vote DUP,” proclaimed the campaign ad.
Nelson McCausland, who lost his seat in the legislative elections in March, denied that the slogan had returned to haunt his party.
“These are people who do not understand the context. The context was that Unionist MPs from Ulster at the time would have gone to Westminster to pick up the Conservative Party whip,” he told the BBC Stephen Nolan.
“That’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about a trust and supply deal, it’s a more informal arrangement rather than the kind of near-merger the UUP has had with the Tories. .
“They presented themselves as UNCUNF – the Ulster conservatives and the new Unionist force – which ended up coming to naught.”
When calling to join the Conservatives, Mr McCausland said, “Well, first of all, the reality is – it’s government.
“But the DUP will not go back on its manifesto. I am only commenting on it, I am not part of the negotiations. But the party has been very clear on maintaining the triple lock on pensions, for example.”
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