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DUP not tied to 'one direction' if there is a hung parliament

By Gary Grattan

Published 01/04/2015

Only the DUP will be in a position to negotiate after the General Election if there is a hung parliament.

That was the view of party leader and First Minister Peter Robinson, speaking at a press conference in Templepatrick.

Flanked by all of the DUP's Westminster candidates, he said: "Single candidates on their own won't have the impact, the influence or the block vote that is necessary.

"The DUP alone is free and unfettered in terms of these negotiations.."

Mr Robinson said there had been assumptions in the media that the party "would only go in one direction" if there was a hung parliament.

"We have worked successfully with both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party - and whatever the personal preferences of our candidates who will ultimately be elected MPs may have, they will be in this to get the best deal of Northern Ireland.

"This is an enormously important election," he added.

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