High fives Unrepentant Unionist, Dave & Anon!! Great spot. Check out the comments section to this post – they’re really on the money.
The trio note this extract from Peter McCann’s facebook group.
“A Tory funded campaign in the European Election returns Jim Nicholson in second place in the count. Nicholson takes the Conservative Whip in the European Parliament. The DUP are well beaten into third place.
The Conservative and Unionist Pact continues for the Westminster Election, again it is funded by the Tory Party.”
Just so. This would directly conflict with the position set out by UUP Treasurer Mark Cosgrove to this blog in August last year. At the time, Mark stated to me:
“We have not asked the Conservative Party, nor is there a mechanism for the Ulster Unionist Party to receive a single, solitary penny from the Conservative Party, so any inference that we are doing this for financial reasons is entirely wrong.”
This is problematical isn’t it? Peter has alleged something which has always been denied, and which the UUP Party Treasurer has denied explicitly to me here. (BTW – Mark’s openness in dealing with issues raised here did him & the UUP tremendous credit in my eyes.)
This is Dave’s assessment from the comments section:
Bad luck Peter! The comments are gonna kill his chances of being selected!
All right, let’s wait and see. But how can this apparent conflict get resolved? What will happen next? I really don’t think we should wait around to find out.
PS.Well here’s the first move. As of c.9.30pm this evening, Peter’s info page has been rewritten. Here is the new and approved version!
A campaign in the European Election returns Jim Nicholson in second place in the count. Nicholson takes the Conservative Whip in the European Parliament. The DUP are well beaten into third place.
The Conservative and Unionist Pact continues for the Westminster Election.
So did the Tories didn’t fund the campaign or not? If nothing else, this correction confirms that Peter has certainly ruffled a few feathers. I see Jeff Peel has also ‘highlighted some key sections in bold’ over here.
Great sleuthing from O’Neill, who notes in the comments section that the Tories did indeed contribute £60k to the Nicholson campaign. Does that contribution fall within expenditure by the Joint Committee, or is Peter McCann actually correct in saying that the Tories are funding these campaigns?