Howlett respects Gerry Adams.

Last night Conservative Future held a hustings at Mahiki, London. Ben Howlett was asked which Northern Ireland politician he related to and respected, Howlett said "Gerry Adams". He then described him as a "conviction politician".

"Security force assessments contend he has held a number of senior positions within the IRA, including membership of its ruling army council, but Mr Adams has never wavered in his denials." - BBC News

tBg can only imagine that this is the only politician Howlett is aware of in Northern Ireland, as support for an IRA member & representative at a CF hustings will not win him any votes. It may in fact actively encourage others to keep him out.