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MP backs election poster ban during Giro d'Italia

By Michael McHugh

A DUP MP has called for a ban on election posters during the Giro d'Italia cycling race through Northern Ireland.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has urged all political parties to voluntarily keep the route of next May's event free of the political placards.

As well as writing to all the party leaders, he is reviewing legislation around the erection of posters on lampposts.

North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds said: "The DUP will happily comply with a voluntary agreement, but we do have concerns that not all candidates will consent to or abide by such an agreement.

"To ensure compliance from all and to ensure the Giro d'Italia can be as successful as possible in marketing Northern Ireland, we call on the minister to bring forward the necessary regulations to bar the erection of posters for the three days of the race."

The first Northern Ireland stage of the race takes place on May 9. The Euro election is on May 22.

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