The BBC are reporting that Alan McFarland has left the UUP. Apparently he is unhappy regarding the UUP / Conservative link.
“With the recent confirmation of candidates, including the imposition of a Conservative candidate in my own North Down constituency, it is clear that the party is determined to continue down the Conservative road,”
“I do now wish to join them.
I am sorry to leave a party that contains many good friends, and greatly regret that events have developed in the way they have.”
Apparently he will remain in the assembly as an independent