Mark Cosgrove, UUP treasurer, has written a comment accusing me of lying, in relation to my previous post setting out the UUP’s failure to pay £50,000 into a joint fund.
My source did not come out of “thin air.” I will not mention any name, since anonymity was requested when the information was fed to me. I respect that. I also strongly believe the story to be genuine. It came from a Conservative party official.
If a libel action did take place, I would use the opportunity to discover all of the UUP’s relevant books and bank accounts, as well similar documents from the Conservatives. Furthermore, I would subpoena my sources and other people that have been quoted to me as being directly involved in these funding arrangements. I have no reason to suppose that those people would deny, on oath, that the UUP had failed to pay the £50,000 that it owes.
So, Mr. Cosgrove, here is the challenge to you and your party colleagues. Show me reliable evidence, which will satisfy me that you did pay your £50,000 share. To make that easier for you, I will undertake to keep any material used to make that proof confidential, if you consider it to be particularly sensitive. If you succeed in delivering that proof, you and your party will get an unreserved apology.
Until the UUP do that, these posts will not be withdrawn. If they dont like that, they can do their worst.