“but a few issues needed to be addressed..”

BBC political correspondent Martina Purdy has news on the UUP executive meeting this evening at Stormont, where they’re expected to be discussing that “electoral pact” with the Conservatives. From the BBC report

However, delegates will only vote on a proposal to proceed if the two parties can agree on a name that is acceptable to the Electoral Commission. A well-placed Ulster Unionist said a deal was 95% complete but a few issues needed to be addressed.

Under the proposals the two parties would remain separate entities. But a new Conservative and Ulster Unionist Joint Committee would be established to make decisions on a consensus basis.

Which would confirm that previous ‘aside’.. Update Mick has news from the UUP executive meeting. Adds BBC report.