Our platform for change

Joint Statement from Sir Reg Empey, Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and The Rt Hon David Cameron, Leader of the Conservative Party

This election will be about change and the demand for something better for the people of Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom as a whole.

It will also be about restoring trust in politicians and in our entire political process.

In Northern Ireland we are offering people a clear choice.

Five more years of the same, tired old politics in Northern Ireland or a change of direction to a new optimism with the Conservatives and Unionists.

Five more years of Northern Ireland stuck on the margins of UK politics with the local parties or back into the mainstream of UK politics with a Conservative and Unionist Government.

Five more years of Gordon Brown's discredited Labour Government and its neutrality on the Union, or change with a Conservative and Unionist Government that supports the Union and wants to govern for the whole of the United Kingdom.

This really is the most important election in a generation. The outcome will affect every single person in Northern Ireland.

For the first time in decades people in Northern Ireland can help decide who will enter No 10 Downing Street on the morning after 6 May.

But they can't do it by backing any of the other local parties.

Sinn Fein, the DUP and SDLP have one thing in common. None of them can form the government at Westminster, or have ministers in the UK government.

The alliance between the Ulster Unionists and the Conservatives offers us the chance to end Northern Ireland's semi detached political status.

It gives us the opportunity to realise one of unionisms most cherished objectives - equal citizenship for all the people of Northern Ireland.

At this election, it is only by backing the Conservatives and Unionists that you can vote to put Northern Ireland at the heart of the Union.