Only a few hours into the job and already Reg Empey is facing his first party division. Whilst David Burnside has called for a "decent honeymoon period", signalling a period of support from the right of the party, already the liberal wing of the party is concerned about his absolute position of not sitting in government with Sinn Féin at all during the life of the current assembly. Soon he will need a meeting to get all his party fully onboard. For the Ulster Unionists to be divided on one of the fundamental questions facing them bears ill for the future of the party. But whether they'll do anything that's sufficent to be noticed is another matter.
Now to await the Conservative Party leadership election to get into higher gear.