Edwin Poots said Arlene Foster's "most important job" remained "that of a wife, mother and daughter".
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DUP's Edwin Poots: Remarks on Arlene Foster 'not sexist'

A Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MLA has defended comments he made regarding Northern Ireland's new first minister that critics have said were "sexist".

As Arlene Foster took Stormont's top post on Monday, Edwin Poots said her "most important job" remained "that of a wife, mother and daughter".

His remarks were criticised by gender equality campaigners who said his attitude was "belittling" of women.

Mr Poots later said he places the same importance on his role as a father.

  • 12 Jan 2016