The new DUP Ministerial line up is expected to be as follows:
Nigel Dodds, Finance and Personnel
Arlene Foster, Enterprise, Trade and Investment
Sammy Wilson, Environment
Gregory Campbell, Culture, Arts and Leisure
Gregory Campbell will probably move quickly to kill off the Maze stadium idea. Arlene Foster will be delighted to escape the wrath of those opposed to the new rural planning policy (PPS 14) by moving from Environment. The new draft policy which has been expected for weeks if expected to remain unpopular in rural areas – not least in Fermanagh and South Tyrone where she is hoping to unseat Michelle Gildernew.
Will Edwin Poots emerge as the DUP’s European candidate? Ironically his former party political rival and fellow Lagan Valley MLA, Jeffrey Donaldson would be in charge of maximizing his electoral chances. The DUP need a big hitter to counter Jim Allister next June.