‘The Doc’ is giving nothing away…

From Gary Kent in Manchester

The Labour Party gave him an orange pass but inadvertently redesignated the Big Man as a Ulster Unionist on his first trip to a Labour conference. He delivered a characteristically strong message to this mornings breakfast fringe meeting attended by senior ministers and MPs.

He directly told Peter Hain in good humoured exchanges that the DUP would not be bullied before the deadline for devolution of 24 November. He wouldn’t divulge his bargaining strategy in the final countdown to what may yet be the endgame.

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