“A potential compromise” in North Down?

At the weekend a Conservative Party spokesman ruled out suggestions of a “special dispensation” for the independently minded Lady Sylvia Hermon to run as an Ulster Unionist candidate in North Down. And, as the UUP’s 5pm deadline for nominations to be their North Down candidate approaches, the BBC reports that the North Down MP “has said she will not apply to stand for election under the joint Ulster Unionist and Conservative banner.” Which has been both sides consistent views. Who will blink first? Adds The UUP has selected its nominees in all other constituencies.