On Friday, we were told another defector, former DUP MLA, Maurice Devenney had joined the UUP as Mike Nesbitt said;
I am particularly pleased to welcome Maurice into the Ulster Unionist Party, given his standing in the community, his lengthy record of service for the people, and his obvious appetite for more.
“Maurice joins an ever-lengthening list of elected representatives who are opting to change their party political allegiance to Ulster Unionism. He joins ex-DUP Councillors Jenny and John Palmer from Lisburn, Councillor David Arthurs formerly of the TUV in Ballyclare, William Cudworth formerly of the TUV in Bangor, Joe Jordan, a previous UKIP candidate in Strangford and Heather Fee from Mallusk who has joined us from NI21.
“I look forward to working with Maurice, who will bring a new dynamic and energy to our operation in the Foyle constituency and welcome him to the team, as do Mary Hamilton and Derek Hussey, our representatives on Derry and Strabane Council, and our key Association members in Londonderry
However, three days is a long time in politics it seems as the Londonderry Sentinel reports, he has actually turned them down.
They quote Devenney as saying;
I confirm that I did have discussions with the Ulster Unionist Party in terms of joining the party, and I have to say I was well received.
“I respect the party for approaching me in the terms in which they did.
“Over the weekend further discussions ensued, as a result of those discussions there were a number of issues that I felt we could not find agreement on.
“I have now had the opportunity to consult with a number of individuals in the broad Unionist family and, while appreciating the friendly engagement with the UUP, have decided that I will remain as an independent in the local council, going forward.
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs