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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson: Man removed from plane after row with DUP leader

A man has been removed from a plane at Heathrow Airport after he was involved in a row with DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.

Police confirmed the passenger was removed from the flight on Wednesday evening following a "verbal altercation" with the Northern Ireland politician.

The DUP declined to comment on the incident but a party source confirmed a man had been verbally abusive towards Sir Jeffrey.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: "At around 5 30pm on Wednesday, March 20, airline staff at Heathrow Airport made police aware of a verbal altercation involving two male passengers during boarding.

"One man was removed from the flight. There were no arrests."

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Earlier this year, Sir Jeffrey told parliament how he had been subjected to threats as he continued his negotiations with the UK government over a deal on post-Brexit trading arrangements.

Police investigated the matter but found no criminal offences linked to the alleged threats.