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Arlene Foster’s successor has two tasks: unite DUP and remove the fear of electoral defeat

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Contenders: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Edwin Poots.

Contenders: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Edwin Poots.

DUP leader Arlene Foster with her 10 MPs in 2017 when the party was riding high.

DUP leader Arlene Foster with her 10 MPs in 2017 when the party was riding high.

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First Minister Arlene Foster

First Minister Arlene Foster

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Contenders: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Edwin Poots.

Arlene Foster’s predicament came as no surprise.

Writing in the Belfast Telegraph on February 1, I noted: “There are only two questions being asked in the DUP right now: is Foster the right person to lead us into the next election; and who is there to replace her? She will know this. She will understand it. She will know the knives are being sharpened. What she doesn’t know is, who will lead the charge against her; or when a group of figures will knock on her door.”


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