North Antrim MLA, Robin Swann is set to take over as the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party without a contest.
Swann is currently the party’s Chief Whip and was involved with the Ulster Farmers Union.
In a post on Facebook last night he said;
I can confirm that I have submitted papers today to seek election as Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, after receiving support from across the Party including members of our Westminster, Assembly and Local Government teams and I look forward to our Annual General Meeting on the 8th of April.
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs