Nesbitt: Maze showed that UUP can force DUP U-turns

Mike Nesbitt
Mike Nesbitt

The UUP’s role in the campaign which led to the DUP abandoning the Maze peace centre can be replicated in Europe and in councils, Mike Nesbitt has claimed.

As the issue of the Maze continues to divide the unionist parties in the final days of the election campaign, the UUP leader wrote to party members yesterday: “We have shown that we can change the direction of government by forcing the DUP into a U-turn on a terrorist shrine at the Maze and we can do that in Europe and at local council level too, by bringing a common sense approach to all issues.”

Meanwhile, the former BBC and UTV journalist has rounded on the BBC for “barely covering” a report released by Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness’s department which had suggested linking the proposed Maze peace centre with the retained prison buildings and facilitating visits for children as young as six.

Earlier this week, Mr Robinson said that he had been unaware of the report — which his department attempted to stop being released — until Mr Nesbitt requested it.

Mr Nesbitt said: “Shockingly, the BBC barely covered the story.

“In fact, they cancelled coverage on a number of occasions this week and I have initiated a formal complaint.”

The BBC said that it had received Mr Nesbitt’s letter and would respond to him directly.