Exclusive: Fred Cobain replaces McNarry

The Ulster Unionists have replaced David McNarry as the party’s chief whip in the Assembly. It’s part of a raft of changes in roles, including changes in some of the committee chairs held by the party. His replacement is Fred Cobain, whose left of centre views on social issues had marked him out as a potential rebel to any future tie up with the Conservative party, although there has been no confirmation that he’s against the deal. McNarry now moves to become the party’s spokesperson on Finance.