UCUNF is dead says Tom Elliott. Tell us something we don't know Tom. He's already made it perfectly clear that the UUP will stand under its own banner in forthcoming elections. So what's new?
Well the Ulster Unionist leader's relationship with the Secretary of State has deteriorated, after Owen Paterson declined to change the mechanism for nominating the First Minister. Other than that - not much.
Jim Nicholson is still part of the Conservative group at the European Parliament. There are few complications with Lord Empey acting as a Tory peer, now that he will not run for the Ulster Unionists at Stormont. And the whole troublesome topic of taking a whip at Westminster can be deferred for another few years.