The candidate viewed as the most hard line of the five contenders for leadership of the Ulster Unionist Party wins the contest at the Ulster Hall.

According to the UUP's Ken Maginnis, a mantle has been cast around Trimble's shoulder that will give him new thoughts and new ideas. At David Trimble's first press conference as UUP leader, he reiterated that he had no difficulty talking to the Irish government, but he took a stronger line on Sinn Féin:

I certainly can't see talks proceeding without progress on decommissioning. But really what I'm saying is that decommissioning, handing up some weapons, may not be enough, because it may not establish a commitment to exclusively peaceful methods.

John Hume of the SDLP hopes Trimble will continue the dialogue already begun, while Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams argues that they might be better off dealing with the hardliners, because the challenge of leadership is to lead.

An RTÉ News report from 9 September 1995. The reporter is David Davin-Power.