Unionist Forum begins work at Stormont

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Unionist leaders, loyalist former prisoners and senior orangemen came together today in the first meeting of the Unionist Forum.

It's been set up by Peter Robinson and Mike Nesbitt in an attempt to end the protests and violence linked to the restriction on the union flag in Belfast.

The meeting came as the employers organisation, the CBI, said the protests have cost businesses in the city an estimated £15m.

Mr Robinson said the meeting had been useful and positive. Mr Nesbitt admitted its work won't bring the protests to an immediate end.

BBC Newsline's political reporter Stephen Walker has the details.

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