Edwin Poots Officially Ratified As DUP Leader

Edwin Poots has been official ratified as the new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

The Minister defeated MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson earlier this month.

Speaking at a hotel in Belfast, he said: "I want to take an opportunity also to pay tribute to my predecessor.

"I know that the last few weeks has been difficult for her, as they have been for all of us.
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"But I can't say honestly that no matter what background or place we come from, Arlene is and will be regarded as one of the most foremost women and unionists in British politics.

"Irrespective of our differences in any issues that have brought us here this evening, she is admired by us all.

"She has made history, and her time in politics. I have no doubt she will go on to do even greater things. History will ultimately be kind to her in its final analysis. I wish her and her family well."

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