Another member of the Ulster Unionist Party has confirmed his defection to the Conservatives.
James Leslie, a former MLA and member of the Policing Board, says he has made the move because of a lack of "fresh thinking" in all of the North's political parties.
Earlier this year, two other UUP members - Peter Bowles and Philip Smith - also defected to the Tories.
The Conservatives say Mr Leslie's decision this week shows that the British opposition party is serious about organising in the North.
COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? firstname.lastname@example.org