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DUP MLAs remain silent after going against Foster on key Stormont vote

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The DUP’s David Hilditch

The DUP’s David Hilditch

The DUP’s David Hilditch

DUP MLAs who rebelled on a crucial Stormont vote remained tight-lipped after claims they had challenged Arlene Foster's authority as leader.

The Belfast Telegraph made attempts to contact all 11 MLAs who chose not to vote for the Executive Committees Function Bill. Two, David Hilditch and Trevor Clarke, denied it represented a challenge to Mrs Foster but said they would make no further comment on their reasons for abstaining.

Thomas Buchanan said he had no comment to make while the remaining eight abstaining MLAs - Alex Easton, Paula Bradley, Joanne Bunting, Jonathan Buckley, Paul Frew, William Humphrey, and former ministers Mervyn Storey and Michelle McIlveen - have yet to respond.