29 JANUARY 1921, Page 3

On Tuesday Sir Edward Carson declined the invitation to continue

the leadership of the Ulster Unionists. The leadership in the new circumstances will, of course, mean responsibility for the setting up and working of the Northern Parliament in Ireland, and Sir Edward Carson justly pleaded that at his age the task was more than he could undertake. On Wednesday at a meeting of the Ulster Unionist Council it was unanimously resolved to invite Sir James Craig to allow his name to be put forward for election as leader. There is little doubt that Sir James Craig, whose services to the Ulster Unionists are well known and thoroughly appreciated, will be elected.