Edwin Poots accused of leading DUP “in the 1970s”
A veteran victim activist accused the new DUP leader Edwin Poots of leading his party “in the 1970s”.
Raymond McCord said he believed Mr. Poots was “destroying unionism”.
Mr Poots recently met with the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC), a group that promotes the views of loyalist paramilitaries like the UDA, UVF and the Red Hand Commando.
The LCC recently expressed concerns about the impact of the protocol on Brexit.
Mr McCord’s son, Raymond junior, 22, was murdered by the Ulster Volunteer Force in Belfast in 1997.
“As a member of the trade union community, I believe, after talking to other working class trade unionists, that Edwin Poots and his supporters are destroying trade unionism,” he said.
“They take us back to the seventies. Ian Paisley Junior’s statement with Unionist Voice and his meeting with the “loyalists” will result in many union votes going to other parties.
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“Unionism has never been in such a terrible position.
“I have been sitting for the past 18 months due to health issues, but now I’m back and I will be fighting paramilitary spokespersons, politicians and also people like Poots and Paisley taking us back to the dark days of our past. “
Mr McCord also said voters in the North would not be “fooled” by election slogans of “vote for the DUP and keep Sinn Féin out”.