Diane Dodds to run for DUP in Europe

Published Friday, 07 March 2014
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Peter Robinson has confirmed that the DUP only intends to field one candidate, Diane Dodds, in the forthcoming European elections.

Diane Dodds to run for DUP in Europe
Diane Dodds with husband Nigel, party leader Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster. (© Pacemaker)

In a speech on Friday evening, the party leader said that current MEP Ms Dodds would be seeking re-election - adding that the DUP had been strongly considering a second candidate but decided not to split the unionist vote.

Mr Robinson explained: "In recent months we have been considering our approach to the European elections. We have had an important and constructive debate about whether to run one or two candidates.

"For many, it has been finely balanced with strong cases put on both sides.

"There are those who make the case that we have nothing to lose by running two candidates and everything to gain."

However, he added: "It is because of the importance of maintaining the maximum unionist representation in Europe that the DUP officers will be recommending that the party field only one candidate."

After handing in her nomination papers at a later date, Ms Dodds said that her focus in Europe would be on putting Northern Ireland first.

"I will always stand up for Northern Ireland," she said.

"Over the last number of years, I have been working across the province seeking opportunities to increase the funding available for businesses, faith-based organisations and community groups."

The election will take place on 22 May.

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Comments Comments
Glad to hear it in Belfast wrote (327 days ago):
Glad to hear this. Doubt anyone could take Jim Nicholson's seat anyway! Common sense prevailing (for a change....)
john in downpatrick wrote (328 days ago):
One extremely poor candidate from the DUP, Diane Dodds is only there as her partner is deputy leader. Keep it in the family, loadsamoney.
norman.d in bangor wrote (328 days ago):
it does not matter who they put forward they are pro Europe party I will vote to get out of this monster called Europe if ukip puts someone up for election
M.B. in Belfast wrote (328 days ago):
Dear oh dear looks like the DUP are running scared now and are in fast retreat. They know their own community and electorate have had enough of them and more importantly they know this is probably the last election that Unionism will return 2 Euro MP's so they may be lucky and scrape one.
Rab in Hellfast wrote (328 days ago):
Whos the dup representing?
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