Tom Elliott has been unanimously endorsed as the Ulster Unionist Party’s Westminster candidate for Fermanagh and South Tyrone.
He faces a battle to unseat former Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew but the DUP has said it will not contest the constituency to give a unionist the best chance of winning.
Mr Elliott said: “It is an honour to be selected as the Ulster Unionist Candidate for Fermanagh and South Tyrone.
“This is an area I have previously had the privilege to serve as a councillor, MLA and MP.
“This will be the most important General Election in generations.
“The MPs elected on December 12 will have a decisive role in shaping the UK’s future international and domestic direction for many decades to come.
“Brexit is the defining issue of the period.
“I believe a bad Brexit deal would be just as damaging, both economically and constitutionally, as a no-deal.”