It would seem that some within the UUP haven’t quite grasped, or perhaps haven’t accepted, the long-term strategy behind their link-up with the Conservative Party. As the BBC’s Mark Devenport reports
The Ulster Unionists and DUP should discuss running a single unionist candidate in South Belfast, local UUP constituency members have said. In a letter to UUP leader Sir Reg Empey, the Ulster Unionist Association suggested the move was needed to retake the Westminster seat from the SDLP. The move could potentially bring the Ulster Unionists into conflict with their Conservative electoral partners. The Conservatives have already selected a candidate for South Belfast.