Former Herald reporter replaces Arlene Foster as MP
FORMER Ulster Herald reporter Deborah Erskine has been chosen to replace Arlene Foster as MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone.
The Fermanagh and Omagh district councilor has been a close ally of the former prime minister and has been seen as the favorite to co-opt since Ms Foster was removed from her post as DUP leader.
Ms Erskine is a former reporter for the ‘Herald and Tyrone Herald newspapers, and became the DUP press secretary before being elected to Erne North in 2019.
Writing on Twitter, Ms Foster said: “It has been an ‘interesting’ year, but I am so happy that FST has this wonderful, hardworking and capable woman as a new MP. @deborah_cheryl.
“Thank you to everyone who supported me for 18 years as a provincial deputy – it was my immense privilege and besides I did not leave, you know! “
UTV reporter Sara O’Kane also tweeted a video showing Ms Erskine accompanied by Ms Foster and current DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson during her “New MP’s first gig” at a visit to Dungannon Buddy Bear School.
Since leaving the political fray, Ms Foster has made her way into the media world as a contributor on the recently launched GB News.
By James Kelly
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Posted: 1:34 PM October 7, 2021