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DUP veteran Poots ahead of the field in race to be party leader

He's backed by most MLAs as Foster says she'll stay on as chief for a month

DUP insiders are predicting a leadership contest between Edwin Poots and Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, with the Agriculture Minister currently the clear favourite to win.

The Lagan Valley MP is backed by moderates and reformers in the party, but Mr Poots is the choice of the overwhelming majority of MLAs who will wield the most power in choosing Arlene Foster's successor.

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