Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “This talk from Tom Elliott smacks of the tired politics of the past.
“This sounds like a Baldrick-style cunning plan which will do nothing for people and nothing for the reputation of politics in Northern Ireland.
“People want politicians that listen and they want politicians to provide real solutions to the problems they face every day. Jobs are being lost and services are being cut around Northern Ireland. People want politicians to display vision to see them through these tough times. They want positive politics, not posturing and grubby tribal pacts.
“This cheap and nasty pact plan does nothing but drag politics here backwards towards the bad old days. If this is the best the UUP can offer the people of Northern Ireland then they may find themselves in difficulties come election day.”