DAVID McNarry says he has “no problem” with UKIP’s deputy leader addressing Saturday’s TUV conference, and that he will also be attending.
Mr McNarry, who joined UKIP last month, said that although Paul Nuttall is addressing a rival party’s conference he did not believe there was a danger of voters confusing the two parties.
Mr Nuttall, an MEP for the North West England constituency, knows TUV leader Jim Allister from his time as a fellow Eurosceptic MEP.
Mr Allister said he had “a good working relationship with UKIP when a member of the European Parliament” and TUV was also “strongly Eurosceptic”.
When asked about Mr Nuttall’s attendance, Mr McNarry told the News Letter that he would actually be taking him to the conference. Mr McNarry also said that he wanted to see closer links between all the unionist parties.
“I have no problems with it. I’ve been invited by Jim Allister and am going myself on Saturday – I will be picking Paul up at the airport and taking him there,” he said.
“I think that the wider unionist family should be embracing each other in this way. Jim and I take opposite views on the devolved government scenario but we haven’t clashed over it. He and I positively work together in the Assembly where we are both denied our equal rights to have speaking time in debates.”