Lady Hermon resigns from UUP for independent candidate status

MP for North Down, Sylvia Hermon, has resigned from the UUP and declared herself as an independent candidate in the forthcoming General Election. The DUP have yet to react… From the BBC report

Lady Hermon said she felt “profound sadness” at leaving the party. “I have taken a considerable amount of time to think and to reflect before coming to this decision, but I believe it to be the right one for the Party and for me,” she said. “The tremendous support I have received from constituents during the recent stressful and difficult time in my political life has encouraged me greatly, and convinced me that I ought to run again as a candidate.”