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The Open Championship: DUP MP challenges May, Hunt and Johnson to round of golf at Portrush

The DUP MP Gregory Campbell has invited the Prime Minister Theresa May and her two potential successors to visit Royal Portrush.
The DUP MP Gregory Campbell has invited the Prime Minister Theresa May and her two potential successors to visit Royal Portrush.

A DUP MP has invited Prime Minister Theresa May and her two potential successors Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to visit Royal Portrush during The Open Championship - and challenged them to a game of golf.

Gregory Campbell made the suggestion to the prime minister and the Conservative leadership candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

"Northern Ireland was once known across the world almost exclusively for the Troubles. Today Northern Ireland is known across the world for many positive reasons but in particular our golfers and golf courses." said Mr Campbell.

"It is an incredible honour for Royal Portrush to host the 148th Open.  It sends all the right messages about Northern Ireland."

The East Londonderry MP said he wants to help the region capitalise on the tournament and ensure a legacy to provide jobs and investment.

He offered to play golf with Theresa May after the tournament.

"It would be tremendous to see both current and future PMs visit Royal Portrush. 

"I know Mrs May has previously played pool with her Italian counterpart, I may not be much of a golfer but if they wish to visit the course after the tournament, I will give it a go.”

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