David Cameron and Sir Reg Empey forged an alliance in 2008
The Conservatives and Ulster Unionist Party have agreed on nine of their joint candidates for the forthcoming general election.
The nine include former TV presenter Mike Nesbitt who will be the joint Conservative and Unionist candidate in Strangford.
Daphne Trimble has been nominated by both parties to stand in Lagan Valley.
Assembly members Danny Kennedy and John McAlister have also been endorsed by both parties.
Harry Hamilton will stand in Upper Bann, Sandra Overend has been selected for Mid Ulster and Ross Hussey will be the joint candidate in West Tyrone.
Bill Manwaring is to stand in West Belfast, while former rugby international Trevor Ringland will be the joint Conservative and Unionist candidate in East Belfast.