From Basingstoke to Lisburn

Andrew Hunter, currently MP for the Hampshire town of Basingstoke, is making overtures to the voters of Lisburn.

The DUP may see his defection to them from the Conservative party as part of its strategy to push their credentials as a mainstream Unionist party, and decisively take a position, which has been held, historically, by the Ulster Unionist Party.

Mind you, not everything is light and roses in the good ship DUP.