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Jonathan Bell suspended from DUP over comments about First Minister

DUP MLA Jonathan Bell has been suspended from the party. Photo: Presseye

The DUP MLA Jonathan Bell has been suspended from the party following comments made about First Minister Arlene Foster in a row over the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme crisis.

Mr Bell was heavily critical of his party leader in her handling of a whistleblower flagging up that the botched scheme was being abused.

It has been projected that the initiative could end up costing the taxpayer as much as £400m.

A DUP spokesperson confirmed that party officers met on Saturday and that the Strangford MLA’s suspension had been unanimously agreed.

The Assembly has been recalled on Monday to discuss a potential vote of no confidence in the First Minister.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness joined calls for Mrs Foster to step aside while an investigation is carried out, a call that the DUP leader has rejected.

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