Tom Elliott has appealed for unity within the Ulster Unionist party (UUP) after a sometimes acrimonious leadership election came to an end with his overwhelming victory.
Opposition to the Ulster Unionist party's (UUP) alliance with the Conservatives forced its only MP to boycott the party's conference.
The Conservatives suggested merging with the Ulster Unionists (UUP) according to documents obtained by the BBC.
The Conservatives and Ulster Unionists have joined forces to create a coalition designed to win back Conservative support outside England.
The Conservative party is seeking to broaden its appeal beyond England with an alliance with the Ulster Unionist party (UUP).
The former Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble has announced he will join the Conservative party.
Parliament will today rush through legislation in order to delay devolution to Northern Ireland ahead of a power-sharing executive on May 8th.
The DUP and Sinn Fein have agreed to form a power-sharing executive to govern Northern Ireland from May 8th.
The Northern Ireland assembly will receive an additional £1 billion of investment, providing it can agree on a power sharing agreement by midnight on Monday.
The prime minister Tony Blair will today meet with Dr Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams to discuss the restoration of a power sharing government in Northern Ireland in 12 days time.
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Fein have consolidated their hold on the Northern Ireland assembly.
Northern Ireland headed to the polls on Wednesday to vote in the assembly elections.