The statement of the 12

The Belfast Telegraph has more on the statement by the 12 DUP Assembly members.

“It emerged today, however, that the statement issued by 12 senior party members, including four MPs, on Friday, had initially been drawn up as a point of order for chairman Lord Morrow. But after the attack by Michael Stone suspended Assembly proceedings, Lord Morrow did not get the opportunity to raise it during the debate and, with the party’s press office closed, it was decided to release it.”

However, a senior party source admits:

“It was a mess but it was the appearance of a mess rather than a real mess and has only served as a distraction.”