A final word – a mention of the tragic death of the former Ulster Unionist MLA James Leslie this week. James died during a holiday.
The former Ulster Unionist MLA briefly served as a Junior Minister under the Trimble/Durkan leadership of the Assembly. He did not contest the 2003 Assembly election and joined the Conservatives in 2006, unsuccessfully standing for the party in the 2007 Assembly election. He played a central part in forging the new Conservative/Ulster Unionist grouping.
Liked and respected across the political divide, his passing will be a sad loss to the political life of Northern Ireland.