Northern Ireland

DUP launches Assembly and local government election campaign

DUP members on Stormont steps
Image caption The DUP is putting forward 44 candidates

The Democratic Unionist Party has launched its election campaign for the Assembly and local government elections in May.

The party is putting forward 44 candidates, including Sammy Wilson in East Antrim, Peter Robinson in East Belfast and Arlene Foster in Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

Party Leader Peter Robinson MLA said he was "pleased" that the party had a mix of experienced public representatives and new candidates to offer the electorate.

"The emergence of new candidates is reflective of the way in which the DUP is expanding to bring new people in to front-line representation," he said.

The elections are on 5 May with Northern Ireland voters being asked to choose representatives for the Stormont Assembly and the 26 local councils.

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