The BBC tells us that regular Slugger commenter Cllr Ian J Parsley, formerly of the Alliance Party, has been selected as the Conservative candidate for North Down. It will be up to the UUP/Conservative selection panel to decide whether he is their joint candidate in preference to the sitting MP for North Down, the independently minded Lady Sylvia Hermon – who has yet to declare her intentions. As the BBC report says
She now has several options:
To change her mind about the electoral deal with the Conservatives and put herself forward as a candidate.
To seek a special dispensation from the party leaderships which would allow her to stand for the UUP, outside of the pact.
To walk away from the UUP and either stand as an independent or withdraw from politics entirely.
Only 1 and 3 are viable options, and 1 seems unlikely.