Trevor Lunn MLA said: “It is very interesting that Ian Paisley has spoken out against creating a single unionist party. Tribal unity has a very negative impact as it moves political debate away from the big issues of the day like the economy and our public services onto tribal arguments. Elections should not be turned into a tribal headcount.
“Northern Ireland is facing very difficult decisions on the economy and on the public sector. Our politicians should be concentrating on these matters instead of the unionism-nationalism issue.
“People in Northern Ireland are deeply worried about jobs and about maintaining vital services in their area. Politicians must realise this and address everyday issues instead of focusing on the constitutional issue.”