Chairman David Campbell was encouraged that the committee has already made such progress.
“The DUP seems unable to choose a candidate for Europe whereas we’re already hitting the ground running. Jim Nicholson is a highly respected European MEP – and a senior member of the Conservative Group in Europe. The electorate knows he works hard for their interests, supported by his Conservative colleagues. Therefore our focus now is to support Jim and his campaign team – providing all the resources he needs to put clear blue water between him and other candidates. The joint committee is working well already.”
Campbell’s new colleague, Neil Johnston, who chairs the Conservatives, NI area, stressed the importance of involvement from his party’s electoral experts.
“The core team working on Jim Nicholson’s campaign is now in place and we have direct liaison with the campaign team at central office. Indeed the first meeting with Jim’s team will be held today following last night’s joint committee meeting.”
Clearly serious, professional people will be involved in helping Jim Nicholson to retain his European seat this. There is every opportunity to harness this expertise and run a first class campaign.