in North Down will back MP Lady Sylvia Hermon in the General Election.
The Assembly decision followed an acrimonious debate in which the Ulster Unionists
resisted pressure to support the move, which will now lead to the creation of a Department of Justice for Northern Ireland after the powers are devolved by April 12.
Mr Bowles, 25, said: "The Ulster Unionists
used to be the party of law and order and now it is linked to the UVF."
As Ulster Unionists
surveyed an election rout which saw them lose leader David Trimble's seat, DUP deputy Peter Robinson said he expected the DUP, which has nine MPs to the Ulster Unionists
' one, to be granted seats in the Lords.
As Ulster Unionists
surveyed the damage to their party following a General Election rout which saw them lose their leader David Trimble's seat and three other MPs, DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson laid down a marker to Tony Blair and his new Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain.
ONE of Northern Ireland's wealthiest businessmen is set to join the Ulster Unionists
' team in the House of Lords.
David Trimble's Ulster Unionists
had 12 MLAs elected while Mark Durkan's SDLP had secured only three seats.
As Sinn Fein, the Ulster Unionists
and the nationalist SDLP launched attacks on the Democratic Unionists ahead of next Wednesday's poll, the party's deputy leader Peter Robinson said their criticism was getting 'increasingly desperate'.
The North Antrim MP said in the first of his party's election press conferences that the unravelling of Tuesday's deal between Ulster Unionists
,Sinn Fein and the British and Irish governments had shown David Trimble to be ``totally incompetent''.
Trimble won re-election as leader of the Ulster Unionists
- Ulster's largest Protestant political party - over Jeffrey Donaldson, whose hard-line stand against power-sharing with the Catholics has caused deep rifts within the party.
With Northern Ireland Secretary John Reid due to give the Government's assessment of the IRA ceasefire today, Stormont minister Nigel Dodds urged Ulster Unionists
not to wait until the autumn to take action against Sinn Fein.
Celebrating the DUP's best electoral performance, after picking up five seats in June, Mr Robinson claimed it would topple the Ulster Unionists
as the major force in unionism.