“The first threat was in December 2012, when the decision was taken. I was in bed. Police arrived at my door in the middle of the night. They told me if I returned to the office or remained in the house, I would be shot. And that this came from a credible loyalist source.
“And then they left. They said they’d return the next morning.”
In East Belfast, death threats are recounted with familiarity. For the past two years, Naomi Long – the constituency’s MP, who ended the 31-year reign of DUP leader Peter Robinson in 2010 – has faced abuse, arson attacks and hoax bombs. The DUP, whose support for the Tories could be crucial in a hung parliament, are now trying relentlessly to win the seat back.