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Stormont’s gang of seven: MLAs elected to the first Assembly in 1998 who have stayed the course

MLAs elected to the first Assembly tell the Belfast Telegraph about getting a rose from Martin McGuinness and an embarrassing encounter with a president

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Edwin Poots

Edwin Poots

Jim Wells

Jim Wells

Alex Maskey

Alex Maskey

Peter Weir

Peter Weir

David Hilditch

David Hilditch

Gerry Kelly

Gerry Kelly

Roy Beggs

Roy Beggs

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They are Stormont’s gang of seven. MLAs elected to the first Assembly in 1998 who have stayed the course and survived elections.

Sinn Fein’s Alex Maskey and Gerry Kelly, the Ulster Unionists’ Roy Beggs, and the DUP’s Edwin Poots, Jim Wells, David Hilditch and Peter Weir — although he was originally on a UUP ticket — were returned to Parliament Buildings a month after the Good Friday Agreement referendum.


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