Monday, February 05, 2007

Democratic (sic) Unionists

From the BBC News site:

DUP assembly election candidates have received a contract asking them to sign a resignation letter, which could be triggered if they breach party policy.

The contract was described as "draconian" by one member.

The member told the BBC DUP assembly members could find themselves out of a job without even being consulted.

A DUP spokesman said he was not aware of any contract at this stage, but said it was normal practice for candidates to sign one.

A two-page contract with a letter of resignation attached has been received by a number of candidates standing in the election.

BBC Northern Ireland political correspondent Martina Purdy said one of the clauses imposed a £20,000 fine on members as a form of discipline.

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