The UUP has selected its South Down candidate for the forthcoming general election.
Councillor Harold McKee has been chosen as contender for the constituency, which is strongly nationalist.
In the 2010 election, Margaret Ritchie (the current SDLP MP) won close to half the vote, with Sinn Fein a relatively distant second.
Then-UUP member John McCallister – who later helped found NI21 – had polled 7.3 per cent of the vote at the time, coming in behind the DUP.
Mr McKee said: “As someone with strong links to the construction industry and local fishing and farming communities, I know the problems they are facing and I am dedicated to playing my part in finding the solutions.”
UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said: “Harold is someone I recognise as a tireless worker for the people he represents, demonstrating huge commitment, dedication and experience.”