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SDLP's motion to exclude Arlene Foster for six months gains 30 signatures

The SDLP has attained the 30 signatures needed to bring forward its motion to the Assembly to suspend First Minister Arlene Foster for six months.

The matter is set to be debated and voted on by Assembly members next week.

It comes following the claims around the botched Renewable Heating Incentive and the incredible interview DUP MLA and former Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell gave to Stephen Nolan.


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The SDLP put forward a motion to suspend the First Minister for a period of six months to allow for an investigation into the matter.

And on Friday afternoon it passed the necessary 30 signatures to bring it onto the floor of the Assembly.

Signatories included members of the Ulster Unionist Party, Alliance Party, Green Party, People Before Profit and Traditional Unionist Voice, the SDLP said.

The Assembly business committee is to meet to agree the details of the debate on Friday at 4.30pm.

Should the motion be tabled at Monday's session, MLAs will vote on if the First Minister should be excluded from office.

The Assembly has been recalled for Monday to allow Arlene Foster to make a statement on the Renewable Heating Incentive.

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