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Police probe poll canvas incident

Published 26/04/2015

The daughter of a woman living with her lesbian partner said her mother was upset after an exchange with the DUP candidate, Jim Wells
The daughter of a woman living with her lesbian partner said her mother was upset after an exchange with the DUP candidate, Jim Wells

Police are investigating after an alleged incident during an election canvas in Northern Ireland.

The PSNI said it had received three complaints regarding the conduct of an individual in Rathfriland, Co Down, yesterday.

The daughter of a woman living with her lesbian partner told the BBC her mother was upset after an exchange with the DUP candidate, Jim Wells, on their doorstep.

" Jim Wells was trying to get in, trying to see mum, and her partner said 'no she's not coming out to see you, she doesn't want to see you'," the woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said.

"He really wanted to try and get in to apologise to her, but she didn't want it.

"He kept saying about lifestyle choices and how it was wrong, how his party didn't believe in lifestyle choices.

"My mum's partner actually told him she'd voted DUP all her life and he's now lost her vote."

The PSNI said they were currently investigating and it would be inappropriate to comment further.

It is understood officers were trying to establish whether or not an offence had been committed.

Last week Mr Wells, who is the region's health minister, was forced to apologise for controversial remarks he made about same-sex relationships during an election hustings event.

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