Arlene Foster facing leadership challenge as discontent mounts in DUP

First Minister plays down reports of ‘open revolt’ as 23 MLAs sign letter of no confidence

Arlene Foster has played down suggestions her leadership of the DUP is under threat. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Arlene Foster has played down suggestions her leadership of the DUP is under threat. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Arlene Foster’s position as DUP leader appeared to be hanging by a thread on Tuesday night after at least three-quarters of the party’s Assembly members and a majority of its MPs signed a letter of no confidence in her.

The Irish Times understands the letter was signed by up to 23 of the party’s 28 MLAs.

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