The former deputy chairman of the Ulster Unionist party is to join the NI Conservative Party.
Terry Wright, who was also the chairman of the Foyle UUP, resigned from the party he had been a life-long member of earlier this year.
Mr Wright had voiced his growing unease with the UUP as far back as 2011 after his party colleague Michael McGimpsey, who was then Health Minister, withdrew funding for Altnagelvin’s radiotherapy unit.
Mr Wright stated that he had applied to become a member of the NI Conservative Party and that his application had been accepted.
He said: “I have always believed that unionism should aspire to having influence at Westminster.”