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Arlene Foster heads table as she holds first Westminster meeting

By Staff Reporter

Published 21/01/2016

Arlene Foster with her DUP parliamentary team
Arlene Foster with her DUP parliamentary team

She was the only woman, but Arlene Foster was top of the table as she chaired her first meeting with her MPs and peers.

Mrs Foster told how she used her first trip to London as First Minister to raise Northern Ireland's profile.

"I was delighted to chair my first meeting of our parliamentary team in Westminster," she said. "I had a busy 48 hours meeting investors and other people who want to see Northern Ireland succeed."

Mrs Foster also highlighted the large number of people from the province who had made the city their home. "They, like me, want to see Northern Ireland succeed," the First Minister said. "I want to ensure that when our children grow up they don't have to leave here to find a job.

"I am a unionist who wants to see the whole kingdom prosper. Part of my leadership will involve regularly travelling to the capital and making those connections, as well as ensuring Northern Ireland's interests are advanced in London."

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