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The new electoral reality in Northern Ireland and how the DUP hit rock bottom

The party misplayed its hand at every opportunity

By Siobhán Fenton  

The DUP's Nigel Dodds lost his Belfast North seat. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images

The DUP’s fall from political grace has been as brutal as it has been inevitable. In the wee hours after the 2017 general election, roars of celebration from party leader Arlene Foster and her 10 MPs echoed around the Belfast electoral count centre, as they found out that they would hold the balance of power at Westminster. Two years later, in the same room, Foster and her colleagues could only look on despondent and forlorn…

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