Sunday, 24 May 2009

Conservatives and Unionists to launch Euro manifesto

The Conservatives and Unionists will launch their European election manifesto for Northern Ireland at the Waterfront Hall tomorrow morning. It will offer a local slant on the main Conservative party manifesto for Europe and has as its basis the same pledges and commitments which prospective Conservative MEPs signed, in the presence of their party leader, last Monday in Lancashire.

The ’Vote for Change’ theme is reflected in the Conservatives’ and Unionists’ view of the European Union, which is considered, “too inflexible; too bureaucratic; too out of touch with the spirit of the age“.

“The Conservatives and Unionists offer a modern vision for Europe - one that is firmly in tune with the instincts of the British people.”


The party is committed to pursuing a Union which has a single market of independent but cooperating nation states at its heart. It rejects the federal model favoured by France and Germany, which it believes remains entrenched within the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty. If that treaty is not ratified before a Conservative government takes power at Westminster, it will guarantee a referendum on the repackaged constitution. Furthermore, a requirement for future treaties to be tested against public opinion, by referendum, will be enshrined in legislation.

7 comments:

Timothy Belmont said...

Is UKIP running in the NI European election? I'd have considered lending them a vote; I'm fed up with hearing about the Human Rights Act and European legislation!

Fear not, though, because I'm a died-in-the-wool Tory!

Chekov said...

Not in Northern Ireland Tim.

Anonymous said...

"the presence" of call-me Dave! Good grief how hagiographic can you be?

Timothy Belmont said...

Do you think Mr Cameron is a Saint? :-)

Anonymous said...

Far from it, but Chekov clearly believes him capable of walking on water.

A few photo ops with Dave (incidentally Saturday's News Letter will have actually lost Jim Nicholson votes; the irony of course being that you probably think it was great stuff) will not make for a serious election campaign.

I have yet to hear of anyone being canvassed for Jim Nicholson. That is where elections are won and lost - on the doorsteps not on-line.

Timothy Belmont said...

Well, yes. I honesty cannot recall the last time any politician called with us to canvass.

I think most electors vote for the ideological party of their choice, irrespective of whomsoever represents them; unless, of course, one hated the candidate!

Independents can, undoubtedly, be more virtuous or even believe in their cause more fervently. It will be interesting to see how Jim Allister fares...

loki said...

anon-25th may @ 12.08 The only canvassers we've had have been CU. No sign of nay of the others. Interestingly, a TUV supporter I was talking to is very upbeat and some DUP members are putting up posters for Jim A. Make of that what you will