The Third Man
Now that the UUP leader has formally resigned, the leadership contest has officially starteds still looking like a two-horse race between Tom Elliott, Fermanagh South Tyrone, MLA, and Basil McCrea, Lagan Valley MLA, who is expected to enter the race soon. But there's still speculation about a "third man." Portadown Orangeman, Robert Oliver, has this morning dismissed speculation that he may enter the race. He said he would be considering the policies of the candidates before deciding who he's backing. But Mr Oliver has confirmed he's entering the assembly selection race for Upper Bann, a constituency he chairs. UUP Cllr Joanne Dobson, and former UCUNFcandidate Harry Hamilton are also seeking the nomination. But the sitting MLAs George Savage and Samuel Gardiner are intent on defending their positions and standing again. That race is set for September 8.