Nesbitt: Leaders need to get away and strip politically naked

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt
UUP leader Mike Nesbitt

When asked what his first priority would be if he was to become First Minister in May, Mike Nesbitt said: “It would be to organise some sort of away-day for the other leaders of the Executive parties and find a way of building some mechanisms and some form of trust that would allow us...to find a way of working together.

“And to my mind, the best way to do that is to get away with no officials, no advisers — you’ve got to basically strip yourself politically naked and say, ‘do we trust each other sufficiently to be able to agree and work a programme for government for the good of all the people? Do we sense that there is a greater good and can we stick to that?’”

When asked if he believes that he will ever be First Minister, he said: “I don’t know.

“What I aspire is to put the Ulster Unionists in the position as quickly as possible where they appoint a First Minister.”