Legal threat to the UUP leadership race ebbs
The threat of court action over the Ulster Unionist leadership contest has receded with only days left before rank-and-file party members vote.
And a planned party meeting to deal with a potential legal challenge to the membership list has been called off. As the Belfast Telegraph revealed last week, the two contenders were given access to the official membership list under conditions strictly supervised by party officers.
But the separate meetings took several days to organise and in the end the contender viewed as the favourite, Tom Elliott, was represented by a supporter.
Afterwards the Fermanagh/ South Tyrone Assembly Member said he has concerns some people who believed they were fully paid-up members have been told they cannot take part in next Wednesday’s vote.
And underdog candidate Basil McCrea also had reservations as the list revealed Mr Elliott’s own association has some 600 members, around a quarter of the entire membership.
The Lagan Valley MLA said the Fermanagh figures were “disproportionately higher than anywhere else”, and contrasted with just 135 in his own constituency.