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Northern Ireland secretary plays for time by failing to name election date

Chris Heaton-Harris obliged to call new poll after deadline to restore devolved government expires

The Northern Ireland secretary has announced he will call an election for the Stormont assembly but refused to name a date.

Chris Heaton-Harris said on Friday he would do his “legal duty” to call an election within 12 weeks and promised to give more detail next week after talks with Northern Ireland party leaders.

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