Belfast Telegraph

MP Dodds 'making good recovery'

North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds is making a good recovery after being knocked out during the loyalist riots that have hit his constituency in recent days, the Democratic Unionist Party has said.

The 54-year-old DUP deputy leader was struck by a missile thrown by a rioter as trouble flared in the Woodvale Road area on Friday night.

Moments earlier he had been talking with police officers who were bearing the brunt of the violent onslaught.

He was knocked unconscious for around 10 minutes and only came fully round in an ambulance taking him to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital.

As he lay prone on the Woodvale Road Mr Dodds was drenched by a police water cannon that was being deployed to subdue rioters.

The MP spent Friday night in hospital and was discharged early on Saturday.

A DUP spokesman said: "Nigel is glad to be back home and he's making a good recovery. He hopes to be back in his office within the next few days."

The DUP also released new images of the moments immediately after the MP was struck.

On Wednesday, Mr Dodds was suspended from the House of Commons for the day after accusing Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers of being "deliberately deceptive" about a controversial ban on an Orange Order parade in his constituency - a ban which loyalists ultimately rioted over this weekend.

Earlier this year Mr Dodds was taken to hospital in London after falling ill at Westminster.

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