Jim Allister say's Nigel Farage's endorsement of DUP candidates is 'disappointing'

TUV leader Jim Allister pictured outside Stormont in suit and tie
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TUV leader Jim Allister has said that he is disappointed in the comments made by Nigel Farage in which he endorsed two DUP candidates in the upcoming UK General Election despite being in an electoral alliance with the TUV.

Mr Allister said that his party had entered into the arrangement in "good faith" and said that they are not compatible with a conversation that he had had with Nigel Farage last week.

This comes after DUP candidates Ian Paisley and Sammy Wilson issued a joint statement calling on the TUV to drop the Reform UK branding from their campaign.

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“TUV entered an electoral arrangement with Reform UK in good faith. We have kept faith with that agreement," Jim Allister said.

“The comments by Mr Farage today are, of course, disappointing and not compatible with the content of a conversation I had with him last week.

“The endorsement that TUV seeks in this election is that of ordinary voters who know who has from the start told them the truth about the Union-dismantling Protocol, while the DUP tried to hoodwink them with false claims that they had got rid of the Irish Sea border.”

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