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CHALLENGE: Edwin Poots

CHALLENGE: Edwin Poots

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

CHALLENGE: Edwin Poots

Edwin Poots may have wielded the axe on Arlene Foster’s political career, but it’s entirely possible that this time next year, the outgoing DUP leader will be the one smiling.

Winning the leadership is only the start of the story for Poots. He now has to make a success of it, and that’s a massively more challenging task. He’ll tackle the problem of the protocol, and votes haemorrhaging from his party in both directions, with a two-vote winning margin hanging around his neck. If he has a bad May 2022 Assembly election, then the party’s knives could be out for him.


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