Edwin Poots, who was DUP leader for less than half the time Liz Truss was in charge of the Conservatives, has advised her to “dust off and move on”.
r Poots only stayed 21 days as party leader after a coup against Arlene Foster last year.
His resignation threw the DUP into an uproar before losing rival Sir Jeffrey Donaldson took over.
Mr Poots said the strongest advice he would give Ms Truss was “don’t get bitter”.
Despite its humiliation, the MLA has made something of a comeback as Agriculture Secretary at Stormont.
Ms Truss saluted the inevitable 44 days of turmoil in which she nearly crashed the UK economy with her disastrous mini-budget.
This makes her the shortest-serving prime minister in British history.
Determined not to end his own political career, Mr Poots sought to move constituencies from Lagan Valley to South Down for the 2022 general election.
At the time Mr Donaldson had signaled his intention to return to the Assembly and was expected to run in the Lagan Valley.
After failing to be elected in South Down, Mr Poots instead stood in South Belfast at the request of the family of late party colleague Christopher Stalford, winning a seat in May.
Reflecting on how his own experience linked to Ms Truss’s, Mr Poots advised her to “just pick up the pieces, move on – there’s always more to life than politics”.
“Politics shouldn’t define you,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.
“A political career is what you achieve over the course of your time in politics.
“What happened is very unfortunate for Liz Truss, but it doesn’t mean her career is over.
“All she has to do is dust herself off, pick herself up and move on.
“The strongest advice I would give her is to not get bitter about it.
“I would advise her to just keep going and if there is something else for her then do it.
“I would also advise her not to think about what has happened in the last few weeks.
“It was just a perfect storm for them – but that’s politics for you.
“In politics you are open to all kinds of public criticism and that is in the nature of things, so you have to have a thick skin and be made for it.
“It’s going to be a brave person to step up as a conservative leader now because it’s in a bad state at the moment.”
When asked if walking away was the right decision for her, he added, “It was inevitable, and sometimes it’s better to nip these things in the bud than let them persist over a period of time.”
He said that while stepping down as DUP leader isn’t a decision he wants to make, “it’s still better to bring something to a conclusion quickly than to embark on the long-distance thing.”
Looking at what Mrs Truss’ demise means for solving Brexit protocol issues, Mr Poots said the constant instability within the UK government was “not good for Northern Ireland”.
“We thought the issues around the protocol were resolved now, but due to this instability it hasn’t happened and won’t happen until October 28,” he said.
“We deeply regret this because we have been urging the Government for two and a half years to get this sorted out and in February this year our frustrations came to an end and the matter needs to be resolved for the Assembly to be operational again.
“The best outcome for us now is a stable government, whoever forms that government.”
He added that the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol Bill currently making its way through the House of Lords is now “quite well advanced” for the next Prime Minister to adopt.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/dont-become-bitter-advice-for-liz-truss-from-ex-dup-leader-edwin-poots-whose-reign-was-even-shorter-than-hers-42084405.html ‘Don’t get bitter’: Advice to Liz Truss from ex-DUP leader Edwin Poots, whose reign was even shorter than hers