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Senior UUP man James Leslie defects to Conservatives

Published 21/09/2006

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.

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