The Ulster Unionist party's ruling executive is due to meet to give its verdict on proposals for a partnership with the Conservative Party.
The most difficult issue has been which name the new grouping will take, as most assembly members opposed Tory plans to drop the word "Ulster".
It is understood the new name will be the Ulster Conservatives and Unionists but the word "party" will not appear.
A joint committee from the two parties has finalised the proposals.
Ulster is a 9 county province and unless the Ulster Conservatives and Unionists are intending to start organising in Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan, then the proposed new name is a geo-political inaccuracy.
However........if that's what it takes to finally get the show properly on the road, then fair enough.
Still, The Northern Ireland Conservative and Unionist Party has, for me anyway, a much more modern and, dare I say, inclusive ring about it.
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