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Empey to consider DUP vote offer
Sir Reg Empey
A letter was hand-delivered to Ulster Unionist headquarters
UUP leader Sir Reg Empey says he will give serious consideration to a DUP offer of talks to maximise the unionist vote at future elections.

A letter from the DUP containing the proposal was hand-delivered to Ulster Unionist headquarters on Friday.

Sir Reg dismissed the suggestion the offer was evidence of growing warmth between the two parties.

"We haven't had any discussions yet so I think it would be unfortunate to prejudge those discussions," he said.

"In the past we've had a number of these, but no arrangement ever lasted very long and the bitterness returned."

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