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Campbell 'to retain' dual mandate

Gregory Campbell
Gregory Campbell told Stormont Live that dual mandates would be phased out

The DUP MP Gregory Campbell has said some members of parliament will remain as MLAs despite his party leader pledging to end dual mandates.

At the launch of the DUP manifesto, Peter Robinson said that any assembly members elected to Westminster would give up their Stormont seats.

But Mr Campbell told Stormont Live that only "some" MPs would quit the assembly in the near future.

He added that others, including himself, would remain at Stormont.

At his party's election campaign launch, Mr Robinson, who lost his East Belfast seat on Friday, said that his party executive had approved a recommendation that only the party leader would remain in both houses.

He stressed that this was "important, especially at this time, with the prospect of a hung parliament".

He added that MPs and ministers in the executive would stand down from local government.

The relevant section of the written manifesto also said that MPs would leave the Assembly.

It stated: "Following the Westminster election, successful DUP candidates will step down within weeks from the NI Assembly, as early as practically possible.

"The party leader will be the only DUP MP representing the party at both the House of Commons and Stormont for a further parliamentary term."

However, speaking on Monday afternoon, Mr Campbell, who is both MP and MLA for East Londonderry, said dual mandates would be "phased out" and that some would remain in both houses for the time being.

When asked specifically whether he would be leaving within weeks, he said that he would not.

In May 2009, Mr Robinson said that all but one of his ministerial team at Stormont would be made up from those who were not also MPs.

With Mr Robinson losing his seat, that pledge has now been fulfilled with only one minister, Sammy Wilson, also serving as a member of parliament.

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