DUP leader Peter Robinson is considering defending his Westminster seat, it was revealed last night.
Although he is keen to discourage double mandates between the Assembly and London he may still fight for the East Belfast constituency that he has held since 1979.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster was last night selected as Westminster DUP candidate in Fermanagh/South Tyrone.
Mr Robinson said: “My preference would be for one man, one job but I do accept there are people who feel there is a very good reason for us to have a voice both in the Assembly and Westminster.”
Double-jobbing has been criticised, particularly by the UUP, who raised doubts about whether both roles could be fulfilled effectively. UUP chief whip Fred Cobain said Mr Robinson’s announcement signals “yet another U-turn for the DUP”.