Last month it was confirmed that the sole Ulster Unionist MP Sylvia Hermon would not be seeking re-election at the general election under the joint UUP/Conservative banner. She has long been sceptical about the alliance and I speculated that she may yet stand again as an Independent.
My suspicions have proved correct. This morning she has announced that she has resigned from the UUP and will indeed stand in North Down as an Independent.
The Conservative and Unionist candidate in the seat will be North Down councillor Ian Parsley, who defected from the Alliance Party to the Conservatives last September. He explained his move in this post for ConservativeHome at the time.