General Election

DUP's Peter Robinson returns to election trail to support Emma Little-Pengelly

Former DUP leader Peter Robinson canvassing with councillor David Graham and Westminster candidate Emma Little-Pengelly
Brendan Hughes

FORMER DUP leader Peter Robinson has returned to the election campaign trail to support Emma Little-Pengelly's bid to retain her Westminster seat.

Mr Robinson was credited as the chief strategist behind Ms Little-Pengelly's campaign when she became South Belfast MP for the Democratic Unionists in 2017.

He was pictured canvassing with his former special adviser and party councillor David Graham earlier this week in the Stranmillis area of the tightly fought constituency.

Posting the selfie on Facebook, she wrote: "Out in Stranmillis all afternoon and still here! Come and say hello if you see us out and about!"

Ms Little-Pengelly is likely to come under pressure in the December 12 poll after Sinn Féin and the Greens stood aside in South Belfast in favour of other pro-Remain parties.

She won South Belfast in 2017 with 13,299 votes, ahead of nearest rival Alasdair McDonnell of the SDLP on 11,303.

The Green Party is backing the SDLP's candidate Claire Hanna for the seat, but she could face competition from Alliance's Paula Bradshaw who came third in 2017 with 7,946 votes.

For 2017's election, Mr Robinson was campaign manager for Ms Little-Pengelly, who was one of his special advisers at Stormont when he was First Minister.

The South Belfast MLA paid tribute in her victory speech to Mr Robinson.

"I know that Peter has come out of retirement to come and support me in this campaign and he has been absolutely invaluable," she had said.

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