Conservatives in Northern Ireland

September 24, 2000

At the General Election the Conservative Party hopes to have a Conservative candidate for every constituency in Northern Ireland.    Why then, did Central Office not ensure that there was a Conservative candidate for the Antrim South by-election?   The Conservatives in Northern Ireland wanted to put up a candidate.

The Party is running a fairly successful campaign to "Keep the Pound" using a van with the slogan on it.   The Northern Ireland Conservatives had arranged for it to visit Northern Ireland.    At the last moment it was stopped by Lord Sebastian Coe "for political reasons"   What is going on?   Could it be anything to do with the fact that Jonathan Cane who has always been friendly to the Ulster Unionists has been promoted from being an advisor to Andrew Mackay MP to being a member of William Hague's office, the head of which is Lord Sebastion Coe?

For 10 years the "grass roots" of the Conservative Party have supported their colleagues in Northern Ireland.   We must increase that support.   There are two specific ways we can do this: (a) Attend the fringe meeting organised by the Northern Ireland Conservatives at the Party conference, and (b) If you are able to help financially ensure that the N.I. Conservatives have sufficient funds to fight every seat at the General Election.   COPOV will put any potential donors in touch with the Northern Ireland Conservatives.

P.S In recent canvassing in Northern Ireland the Conservative Party is getting good support from all sections of the community.

UPDATE : We understand that the reason that the Conservative Party did not put up a candidate in the Bye-election is because they thought he would take votes from the Ulster Unionist!   Fat lot of good that was.   The Ulster Unionist lost anyway.   It is time the Party started listening to its members in Northern Ireland, then we might be on the winning side.

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