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Tory peers were told by their chief whip to vote to change the ban on double-jobbing, only for Boris Johnson to announce that plan was being ditched half an hour later

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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson. Picture by Peter Morrison/PA

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson. Picture by Peter Morrison/PA

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson. Picture by Peter Morrison/PA

When Sir Jeffrey Donaldson took over as DUP leader last summer, someone close to a very senior figure in the Northern Ireland Office told me that the British G overnment would have a plan to help Sir Jeffrey resolve a dilemma.

The dilemma was he had promised to return to Stormont if elected leader, but the law meant that he would have to give up his Westminster seat, triggering an awkward by-election. Until last week, there was little evidence of Boris Johnson helping the DUP leader and then, suddenly it emerged, before shambolically retreating.


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