Alliance candidate in Lagan Valley, Seamus Close MLA, has said a fellow candidate’s call to “decent people” to vote Ulster Unionist is insulting.
Mr Close stated: “Basil McCrea further illustrates the hypocrisy of his party by referring to ‘decent people’. The suggestion is clear — that if they do not vote for him they are somehow ‘indecent’. This is a gross insult to the people of Lagan Valley.
“Perhaps he would outline to people what is ‘indecent’ about voting for the only party with a plan to deliver accountable, local democracy; with a plan to end conflict and segregation; and with a plan to make Northern Ireland work? I’ve news for Mr McCrea — that party isn’t the one he represents.
“People will be gravely offended by Mr McCrea’s suggestion, and I am sure they will pass judgement on it come polling day.”