Something of a 'Three Thousand Versts' exclusive I believe. It is my understanding that last night's UUP executive meeting may have thrown open the possibility of the three 'withdrawn' Conservative hopefuls re-entering the race for Westminster.
Peter McCann, Sheila Davidson and Deirdre Nelson offered their resignations after 'unionist unity' talks came to light, but their respective Conservative associations have not accepted them.
Officially the triumvirate are still Conservative nominees, due to be considered by the Joint Committee of Tories and Ulster Unionists as UCUNF candidates.
I spoke to McCann yesterday afternoon and he made it clear that the UUP has now dealt, to his satisfaction, with two of the main objections which led to his withdrawal.
There are, he intimated, still matters to be resolved, but the Ulster Unionists' commitment to a definite time-frame for selection, and the executive's repudiation of 'bogus' unity talks, are two hurdles overcome.
The former Top Gear producer spoke passionately about his hopes for the future. He seems genuinely committed to delivering something different to Northern Irish politics.
Clearly his outspoken criticism of the UUP in recent weeks, whether or not it was fuelled by understandable frustration, might remain an insurmountable barrier to his selection. However, along with Paula Bradshaw, he is one of a pair of prospective candidates for South Belfast who offer a fresh and exciting perspective.
A 'New Force'? 'Time for change'? If the slogans are to be taken seriously, new faces like Davidson, McCann and Nelson ought to be in the mix.