Northern Ireland

Tories eye assembly seat in North Down

Ian Parsley
Image caption Ian Parsley was one of two Conservatives who stood in Northern Ireland in the general election

Conservatives in North Down have said they will meet soon to select a candidate for the next Assembly election.

They have criticised what they claim were "outrageous delays" in selecting a joint Conservative and Unionist candidate for the general election.

The Conservatives' North Down Association has said it will meet within a month to endorse a potential Assembly candidate.

However they have said they want to continue to co-operate with the Ulster Unionists.

A spokesperson for the Ulster Unionists said the two parties agreed an election pact for both the European and Westminster elections, but there was no agreement for the Assembly elections.