“An Ulster Unionist spokeswoman declined to respond to Lady Hermon’s comments”

No word yet on the independently minded North Down MP Lady Sylvia Hermon’s intentions regarding the next general election, but the News Letter has her comments following the weekend UUP conference. From the News Letter report

On Saturday many party members played down the North Down MP’s absence, pointing out that she rarely attends the annual conference. But, explaining her absence, Lady Hermon said: “I’ve been made deeply unhappy by my party’s decision to align itself with the Tories. “It was a decision made without any prior consultation with me. My views about it are already well known. “Whilst I am truly sorry to have missed seeing many of my Ulster Unionist friends at yesterday’s conference, I simply couldn’t go along and pretend to endorse the New Force arrangements.”