Shuffle up and deal…

LIAM Clarke points to a DUP re-shuffle as Peter Robinson takes over the party leadership: Gregory Campbell, the MP for East Londonderry, and Sammy Wilson, the MP for East Antrim, are tipped for promotion as ministers. If Robinson takes over as first minister on Thursday, his old Finance and Personnel portfolio becomes vacant and will pass to Nigel Dodds, whose enterprise ministry may go to Wilson. Insiders expect that Robinson will also remove Edwin Poots, the Culture minister, thus creating an opening for Campbell. Jim Wells, who fell out of favour with Paisley after he voted against power sharing, is likely to be restored to favour. He may be given a committee chairmanship or a seat on the Policing Board where David Simpson, the MP for Bann, wants to stand down. Others tipped to move up include Mervyn Storey, Nelson McCausland, Jimmy Spratt and Simon Hamilton.