On the 19th November, First Minister and DUP Leader, Peter Robinson, announced that he would stand down.

Speculation ensued as to who would replace him as First Minister. Many commentators speculated that Arlene Foster or Nigel Dodds would take up the mantle of the DUP.

But then this happened…

Last night Nigel Dodds actually ruled himself out of the leadership contest, claiming that he would focus on his role in Westminster instead.

This is made more interesting by the fact the DUP MP, Sammy Wilson, had stated that he wouldn’t run in theĀ contest, publicly announcing that he would throw his weight behind Dodds. That’s awkward.

Speculation is now mounting as to whether or not Wilson will throw his hat in the ring.

It doesn’t seem much like Peter Robinson wants a leadership contest. As he Tweeted a brief indication to anyone thinking about standing that it isn’t worth their time. (We’re looking at you, Sammy).

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Only time will tell as to how much more interesting this story could get. The DUP is usually a very tightly controlled party, so if Sammy does decide to stand, things could get messy for the DUP.

Paul Wyatt

Paul Wyatt is one of the founding scoop members. As one of our on-the-ground reporters, Paul reports on anything and everything happening in Queen's, the greater Belfast area, and beyond.

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