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Harland & Wolff workers could challenge DUP at polls

Unite's Susan Fitzgerald said Harland & Wolff workers would stand against DUP MPs. Picture by Mal McCann

HARLAND & Wolff workers may stand against the DUP's Belfast MPs in a forthcoming election, a trade union official has claimed.

Susan Fitzgerald said during a "semi-informal" meeting with the DUP yesterday, the workers would tell the party: "You may have ticked boxes on this issue but you haven't kicked down doors for us."

Ms Fitzgerald said the workers were "considering standing" in Nigel Dodds's North Belfast seat, in East Belfast where Gavin Robinson is MP, and in South Belfast, Emma Little-Pengelly's seat.

She said the seats were "very important to the DUP and by default very, very important to Boris Johnson".

"So you now have workers saying they will challenge DUP seats if they don't pull their finger out," she said.

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