Best wishes extended to DUP MLA Edwin Poots across political spectrum

Countless expressions of goodwill have been extended to DUP Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots after he revealed he is living with cancer - and has not yet secured a date for an operation.

Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 12:42 pm

Social media this morning was inundated with messages to the 55-year-old who ‘wouldn’t have known about the cancer growth had it not been for the appendix’ operation before Christmas.

Today First Minister Arlene Foster said she was reassured to see messages for Mr Poots from across the political spectrum,

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She posted: “It is reassuring to see the lovely comments from across the political spectrum for Edwin.

“Cancer is indiscriminate & cruel. Has touched so many.

“I talked to Edwin after he received this diagnosis. He has great determination & is sustained by a loving wife, family & great faith.”

Last night Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O’Neill said: “Thinking of Edwin Poots and his family tonight as he has made public that he is going through a cancer journey. A tough time for any family. Every best wish

Edwin Poots


TUV leader Jim Allister said: “Sorry to hear that Edwin Poots is battling cancer, a most indiscriminate and cruel disease. I pray he will make a full recovery and wish him and his family well.”

Fellow DUP MLA Peter Weir posted: “Best wishes to my friend and colleague Edwin Poots and his family as he begins his fight against cancer. Edwin is a fighter and the prognosis is hopeful. He will fight this with the clear determination he has always shown”.

UUP leader Steve Aiken posted: “Our best wishes for ⁦@edwinpootsmla from all at ⁦@uuponline and we wish him a swift recovery - a cancer diagnosis in never good news but Edwin is in our thoughts & prayers”.

Edwin Poots in the grounds of Stormont Castle

UUP MLA Mike Nesbitt added: “Very sorry to hear Edwin Poots’ news and wishing him a full, speedy and successful procedure.”

Alliance leader Naomi Long said: “Very sorry to hear of @edwinpootsmla ‘s cancer diagnosis.

“My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time and I wish him a full a speedy recovery.”

And Alliance MLA Paula Bradshsw posted: “Sending my very best wishes to Edwin Poots. A cancer diagnosis is devastating for anyone, and I hope he is able to start his treatment and get back on the road to recovery as soon as possible.”

Sorcha Eastwood added: “Thinking of my constituency colleague Edwin Poots as he bravely shares his story of his cancer battle. Thinking of him and the wider Poots family today who I know will rally round and give him support at what can only be an incredibly distressing time. Wishing him all the best.”

DUP MLA Paul Frew said: “Edwin Poots is not only a great political rep & an all round great guy he is also a great friend . He spends all of his time thinking about & assisting others, now he needs to take a wee bit of time to look after himself and his family as well as everyone else . God bless Edwin.”