Has the DUP already switched back on ‘double jobbing’?

Anyone watching Sammy Wilson last night on Stormont Today last night, may have noticed he devolved upwards the decision over his future as Finance Minister. It is, he said, a matter for his party leader. Well, the last time we looked it was DUP party policy was to unilaterally bring an end double jobbing. Or in Peter Robinson’s own words: “any of our Assembly Members elected to Westminster will give up their Assembly seats.” Even Sammy himself told Gerry Moriarty that winning East Antrim would mean giving up the best job he’s ever had

The ‘about turn’ on the issue is understandable, not least since the Tories, who campaigned vigourously on the issue have ripped up their own pledges on double jobbing in Vale of Glamorgan/South Wales West affair… And the SDLP and Sinn Fein determination, apparently, to carry on regardless…

But, if there has been a change in party policy, I think we (not to mention the party executive) should be told…

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