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David Ervine: Bomber-turned-peacemaker hailed as visionary

Former Downing St chief of staff Powell praises ex-PUP leader, as wife reveals in new doc she pleaded with him not to join UVF

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Late PUP leader David Ervine at Stormont

Late PUP leader David Ervine at Stormont

Former Women's Coalition leader Prof Monica McWilliams

Former Women's Coalition leader Prof Monica McWilliams

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams and Alex Maskey at Mr Ervine's funeral in east Belfast in 2007

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams and Alex Maskey at Mr Ervine's funeral in east Belfast in 2007

Former Downing Street chief of staff Jonathan Powell has hailed David Ervine as a visionary politician

Former Downing Street chief of staff Jonathan Powell has hailed David Ervine as a visionary politician

David and Jeanette Ervine - she says she pleaded with her husband not to join the UVF

David and Jeanette Ervine - she says she pleaded with her husband not to join the UVF

PUP leader David Ervine with Bertie Ahern in Dublin 2002

PUP leader David Ervine with Bertie Ahern in Dublin 2002

David Ervine (back left) inside the Maze in 1976, with Gusty Spence (centre back)

David Ervine (back left) inside the Maze in 1976, with Gusty Spence (centre back)

David Ervine

David Ervine

Billy Hutchinson

Billy Hutchinson

Gusty Spence

Gusty Spence

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Late PUP leader David Ervine at Stormont

Tony Blair’s former right-hand man Jonathan Powell has hailed David Ervine, the UVF bomber-turned-peacemaker, as a visionary who stood “head and shoulders” above most politicians in the United Kingdom.


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