SUPPORTO UNANIME DEL DUP A PETER ROBINSON
Il Democratic Unionist Party si stringe attorno al proprio leader in questo post elezioni, dopo essere stato messo all’angolo dagli elettori
Il DUP conferma il proprio sostegno a Peter Robinson, leader di partito nonchè primo ministro dell’Irlanda del Nord.
Questo è il succo dei colloqui avvenuti nella giornata di oggi presso il palazzo del Parlamento, durante i quali si è discusso del dopo elezioni.
In un comunicato i membri del maggior partito unionista hanno dichiarato: “Peter è l’architetto della vittoria straordinaria del partito nelle General Election. La visione strategica e una forte leadership di Peter Robinson, si riflettono nel rinnovato e rafforzato mandato che il DUP ha ricevuto dagli elettori unionisti”.
“Ha dimostrato una vera leadership, come Primo Ministro dell’Irlanda del Nord. Egli mantiene il pieno sostegno dei suoi amici e colleghi mentre continuiamo il nostro progetto per continuare il progredire dell’Irlanda del Nord”.
Il DUP ha mantenuto 8 dei suoi 9 seggi a Westminster (ha perso quello di Robinson). L’esito delle elezioni è stata “una conferma delle politiche del DUP e la nostra intenzione di continuare ad andare avanti con l’Irlanda del Nord.”
Sabato Ian Paysley Jr aveva affermato che ogni decisione che sarebbe scaturita dalla riunione di oggi sarebbe stata nell’ottica di un interesse del popolo.
“Siamo appena usciti dalle elezioni, ma sono più che convinto che la gente si può fidare che le decisioni del Partito, sono nel migliore interesse del popolo e non nel migliore interesse degli individui”, ha aggiunto Paisley.
“Il risultato dello scorso giovedì notte è stato un duro colpo, per l’uomo (Robinson). Ma è ‘ancora il Primo Ministro dell’Irlanda del Nord del Primo Ministro, questo è il fatto, è ancora un MLA per East Belfast, ha un lavoro importante da fare, e abbiamo un lavoro importante da fare come partito. ”
Il vice leader del DUP, Nigel Dodds, ha dichiarato: “Dobbiamo ora lavorare per porre fine alla frammentazione del sindacalismo”.
Martin McGuinness, vice primo ministro nordirlandese, ha affermato: “Il DUP deve decidere chi deve guidarlo. Se hanno deciso che sia Peter Robinson a continuare a guidarli, io, come vice primo ministro, collaborerò con il partito che ha il compito di sostenere il vice Primo Ministro”.
Nel frattempo il Sinn Fein ha invitato tutti i partiti ad unirsi contro eventuali tagli che possono essere introdotti dal nuovo governo del Regno Unito.
Sono stati utti i leaders dei partiti unionisti ad aver fallito nelle elezioni della scorsa settimana.
‘Unanimous’ support for DUP leader (U TV)
The DUP says it “stands four-square behind Peter Robinson” to continue as party leader and First Minister following a party meeting at Stormont.
The DUP held talks in Parliament Buildings on Monday to discuss the way forward.
In a “unanimous” statement, DUP MLAs say they “stand four-square behind our party leader, Peter Robinson.”
“Peter is the architect of the party’s remarkable victory in the General Election. Peter Robinson’s strategic vision and strong leadership is reflected in the renewed and strengthened mandate the DUP has received from the Unionist electorate,” they said.
The statement also describes Peter Robinson has the “foremost strategist within Unionist politics”.
“He has shown true leadership as the First Minister of Northern Ireland. He retains the full support of his friends and colleagues as we continue our project to keep Northern Ireland moving forward”.
The DUP, which retained eight of its nine Westminster seats with the exception of Mr Robinson, said the outcome of the election was “a vindication of the policies of the DUP and our plan to keep moving Northern Ireland forward.”
“The Unionist electorate has clearly rejected those who wanted to take Northern Ireland back or who would sell Northern Ireland short,” the party said.
On Saturday, Ian Paisley Junior told UTV any leadership decision would be made in the “best interests of the people.”
“We have just about got over the election results but I am more than convinced that people can trust that the decisions the party will make are in the best interests of the people and not in the best interests of individuals,” said Mr Paisley, who was elected in North Antrim.
“The Thursday night result was a real blow, personally for the man. He’s still Northern Ireland’s First Minister, that’s the fact, he’s still an MLA for East Belfast, he has important work to do, and we’ve important work to do as a party.”
On Friday, the DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds, who secured his seat in north Belfast and is now expected to become the party leader at Westminster, pointed to one “cohesive united unionism” as the way forward.
“We need now to work towards ending the fragmentation of unionism,” he told UTV.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the future of Peter Robinson was for the DUP to resolve.
“The DUP must decide who is going to lead it. If they have decided that they wish Peter Robinson to continue to lead them, I, as deputy First Minister, will work with the party that has the mandate to support the deputy First Minister”, he told reporters on Monday.
The Sinn Fein leadership called on all parties to unite against any cuts likely to be introduced by the new UK government.
Sinn President Gerry Adams said he contacted all party leaders to meet and discuss a strategy against any proposed cuts “which would impact mostly on front-line services and disadvantaged section of our community.”
“We need to have the mother of all negotiations with the Government in London and this assembly needs to unite and to have the active support of the trade union sector, the business community and the voluntary sector behind OFMDFM to deal with the issue of the bloc grant and to oppose cuts,” Mr Adams said.
The Conservatives and Labour have accepted spending cuts are possible across the UK as the economy struggles with recession.
All unionist party leaders failed to be elected as MPs in last week’s General Election.
Peter Robinson lost his East Belfast seat to Alliance’s Naomi Long.
UUP leader Sir Reg Empey failed in his bid to unseat the DUP’s William McCrea in South Antrim while TUV leader Jim Allister was trounced in North Antrim.
The Ulster Unionists met at Parliament Buildings to discuss their future.
After the meeting the party’s Basil Mc Crea said the party are behind their leader: “There are a lot of discussions going on about whether unionist unity is a viable option and what the likely future of the relationship with the Conservatives will be.”
“As far as I am concerned Reg is the leader and as such has the full support of the assembly and party.I am quite sure that Reg will make up his own mind about what is possible,” he said.
The party will now hold a special Party Executive meeting at the weekend, although speculation continues that Mr Empey will step down.
UTV’s Political Editor Ken Reid said it was hard to see how he can retain his position as party leader.
“He may well continue in a temporary capacity until a new leader is selected. Sources doubt whether he will continue as a Minister.”
On election night, senior UUP member David McNarry said Sir Reg was finished as party leader.
But when asked by UTV if he could say yes or no to whether he would still be leader in the coming days, Sir Reg would not be pressed.
“No, I can’t say that,” he said on election night.
“I’m saying I’m going to reflect and discuss with colleagues …”
The UUP, which had 10 MPs in 1997, now have no seats in Westminster following a failed electoral pact with the Conservatives.