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DUP aiming for place for Alliance

The DUP has suggested the Alliance Party gets on the review body

The DUP has suggested the Alliance Party gets a place on the committee examining the transfer of policing.

The Assembly and Executive Review committee has agreed to seek advice on how this could be done.

It could be accomplished by an existing member stepping down, or increasing the committee membership from 11 to 12.

During the summer Sinn Féin and the DUP agreed in principle that a future justice minister should be elected by a cross-community vote.

That decision has led to speculation that the Alliance Party could be invited to do the job.

The devolution of policing powers has been a contentious issue between the DUP and Sinn Féin.

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