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Simon Hamilton appointed new finance minister

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has appointed Simon Hamilton as the new minister of finance and personnel.

He replaces Sammy Wilson, who is also MP for east Antrim. The move, which was widely anticipated, was announced by the party leader and first minister, Peter Robinson, on Monday.

A forthcoming ban on double jobbing at Westminster and Stormont made Sammy Wilson's replacement expected.

Political correspondent Gareth Gordon reports.

  • 29 Jul 2013