Arlene Foster Nominated To Be New DUP Leader

Arlene Foster has been nominated to be the new DUP leader after Peter Robinson announced in November he is to step down.

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has also confirmed he will not put his name forward for the position as he is not a member of the Stormont Assembly.

In a tweet on Moday night, Mr Robinson said: "Tonight I received a valid nomination from the Finance Minister, Mrs Arlene Foster, for the DUP Leader's post.

"Arlene's nomination was submitted with the support of over 75% of those entitled to vote in the electoral college."

Nominations close on Wednesday at 5pm.


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