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DUP's Edwin Poots and Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

DUP's Edwin Poots and Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

DUP's Edwin Poots and Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

When Jeffrey Donaldson became DUP leader and announced his intention to run in the Assembly election, the DUP had a problem in Lagan Valley.

It may have been 400 votes short of wining a third seat in 2017, but circumstances were different then. Bringing home three in May is, while not impossible, very unlikely: and the DUP didn’t fancy unlikely, particularly when the candidates (Donaldson, Edwin Poots and Paul Givan) were so high profile. That’s why calculations had to be made. Run three but ensure one of them is much lower profile seemed sensible.


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