Jim Wells and Sammy Wilson in tension with DUP over election and Covid
and live on Freeview channel 276
However, a long-standing member of the association has claimed those in attendance were a “select few” supporters of Mr Wells, with all dissenting voices excluded.
In his statement on Thursday, Mr Wells said the meeting was the first stage of a process he hopes will end with his name on the ballot paper.
He said: “I felt that it was important that before I submitted my name to party HQ that I consulted the members of the South Down Association of the DUP. I was delighted when they decided to give me their unanimous support”.
Meanwhile, East Antrim DUP MP Sammy Wilson has stuck to his guns over a flippant tweet he sent on Coronavirus, just before the Commons passed legislation for new restrictions this week in a bid to tackle the Omicron variant.
Asked about Mr Wilson’s tweet, DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said on Thursday: “Covid is no joking matter. and I think it is incumbent upon all public representatives to support public health messaging...”.
But Mr Wilson responded last night that he “could have said it in a boring way” but that it was “no joking matter” the impact Covid restrictions have had on businesses, cancer death rates, visiting relatives, mental health and education.
He said 34 Tory MPs also voted against the new regulations.
A message from the Editor:
Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.
With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.
Subscribe to newsletter.co.uk and enjoy unlimited access to the best Northern Ireland and UK news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.newsletter.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.
Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.