The Ulster Unionist Party has in the past been noted for its self-destructively democratic nature (remember all those divisive debates between Trimble and Jeffrey Donaldson at the Waterfront Hall).
With a leadership election imminent perceived 'anti-establishment' candidate, Basil McCrea, has finally gained access to the party's membership lists, though only he'd threatened legal action against party officers who are loyal to his rival, Fermanagh man Tom Elliot.
McCrea discovered that around a quarter of the party's entire membership belong to just one constituency association, Fermanagh & South Tyrone. Of course that doesn't necessarily mean that all 600 of the F & ST association's members will turn up on the day to vote en bloc for Elliot but it's not good news for McCrea, whose only chance must lie in convincing the three-quarters of the membership who do not reside in F & ST that the party is being subverted by an undemocratic cabal.
In total the UUP has eighteen constituency associations.
Legal threat to the UUP leadership race ebbs - Politics, News - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk
A waning party that conducts a critical leadership election amid such undemocratic circumstances is surely doomed.