He is already under pressure after recent defections, but Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott is facing a new challenge — from within his own family.
For one of his opponents in the May Assembly election for the Fermanagh-South Tyrone seat is his first cousin Alex Elliott, who will be a candidate for Traditional Unionist Voice.
The addition of a unionist candidate could put the seat within Sinn Fein’s grasp.
The UUP boss — beset with internal criticism that he is allowing the party to drift — said: “It’s a free country, we have a democracy, anyone is entitled to stand and I have suspected this would happen for some time.
“But I am disappointed that in such a marginal area as Fermanagh and South Tyrone that the TUV would enter the field to further divide unionism.”
Former police officer Alex said, however: “My primary |battle is with Sinn Fein rather than a personal one, it is with a failed political system of governance administrated by both the DUP and UUP.”