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DUP leader Peter Robinson has no plans to quit

By Noel McAdam

Peter Robinson has strongly denied he is under any pressure to step down as DUP leader.

Despite losing his East Belfast seat as an MP to Alliance deputy leader Naomi Long, Mr Robinson said he had not been asked to quit by anyone in the party.

And still coping with his family ordeal after his wife Iris’ illness following an affair with a 19-year-old, the First Minister said: “I have received very strong support from my party colleagues throughout.”

Mr Robinson also told the BBC he was gratified by the hundreds of people who have been in touch with the family.

But he insisted: “I am not going to go into the personal issues.”

A meeting of party officers on Monday had drawn up strategies for the months ahead including the Assembly election in May, he said, when he was confident the DUP would remain the largest party in the Assembly.

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