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DUP's Edwin Poots stands by his opposition to Covid lockdown: 'I'll keep fighting for businesses and jobs'

Edwin Poots

DEFIANT DUP minister Edwin Poots says he will continue his fight for businesses and livelihoods this week following restrictions imposed by the Stormont Executive to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

The agriculture minister is unrepentant over comments he made on BBC's Talkback show on Friday when he questioned the appropriateness of a universal lockdown, saying it is "unsustainable" and that his party colleagues in the Executive were in a "minority" opposing it.

"I reject this broad brush approach to close the country down," Mr Poots told the BBC.