Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman and member of the Stormont Culture, Arts and Leisure committee, has dismissed a Conservative offer to dissolve the UUP and replace it with a new Conservative-led movement.
Assemblyman Swann, who is also North Antrim UUP Chairman, added: “The Ulster Unionist Party has a long and renowned 106-year history in Northern Ireland.
“As we move into 2012 and the centenary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant, I look back at all my party has achieved from the establishment of our Province in 1921 to the brokering of peace in 1998.
“I am convinced that there is still much that this Party has to offer both now and over the next 100 years.
“There is no question of the Ulster Unionist Party being dissolved. As indicated at our recent Party Conference, the party is planning significant research throughout Northern Ireland to test opinion on a number of issues, including any potential future relationships with the Conservatives.
“Any further development needs to be based on evidence that the electorate will respond favourably, and that we are able to start to mobilise Unionist voters who have decided not to vote for any party in recent elections.
“I would not contemplate taking any significant decisions without such research.”