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Encyclopedia > Democratic Unionist Party
Democratic Unionist Party
"DUP" logo
Leader Ian Paisley MP MLA
Founded 30 September 1971
Headquarters 91 Dundela Avenue
Belfast, BT4 3BU
Northern Ireland
Political Ideology Ulster Unionism, Protestantism, National conservatism, Social conservatism
Political Position Right-wing
International Affiliation none
European Affiliation none
European Parliament Group Non-Inscrits
Colours Red
Website http://www.dup.org.uk/
See also Politics of the UK

Political parties
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The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is the larger of the two main unionist political parties in Northern Ireland. Led by Ian Paisley, it is the largest party in Northern Ireland and the fourth-largest party in the British House of Commons. The DUP has strong links to Protestant churches, particularly Paisley's Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, and is considered a Protestant political party.[1] Unionism, in the context of Ireland, is a belief in the continuation of the Act of Union 1800 (as amended by the Government of Ireland Act 1920) so that Northern Ireland (created by the 1920 Act) remains part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. ... “Political Parties” redirects here. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... Ian Richard Kyle Paisley (born 6 April 1926), styled The Revd and Rt Hon. ... Type Lower House Speaker of the House of Commons Leader of the House of Commons Michael Martin, (Non-affiliated) since October 23, 2000 Harriet Harman, QC, (Labour) since June 28, 2007 Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Theresa May, PC, (Conservative) since December 6, 2005 Members 646 Political groups... Protestantism encompasses the forms of Christian faith and practice that originated with the doctrines of the Reformation. ... The Free Presbyterian Church is a Presbyterian denomination founded and moderated by the cleric and politician, Ian Paisley¹. Most of its membership live in Ulster. ...


Following on from the St Andrews Agreement in October 2006, the DUP has agreed with the Irish republican party Sinn Féin to enter into power-sharing devolved government in Northern Ireland. In the aftermath of the agreement there were reports of divisions within the DUP. Many of its leading members, including Members of Parliament (MPs) Nigel Dodds, David Simpson and Gregory Campbell were claimed to be in opposition to Paisley. All the party's MPs fully signed up to the manifesto for the 2007 Assembly elections, supporting power sharing in principle. An overwhelming majority of the party executive voted in favour of restoring devolution in a meeting in March 2006[2]; however, the DUP's sole Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Jim Allister[3], and seven DUP councillors[4] later resigned from the party in opposition to its plans to share power with Sinn Féin. The St Andrews Agreement is an agreement proposed by the British and Irish Governments in relation to devolution of power to the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... October 2006 is the tenth month of that year and has yet to occur. ... Irish republicanism is an ideology based on the Irish nationalist belief that all of Ireland should be a single independent republic, whether as a unitary state, a federal state or as a confederal arrangement. ... For pre-Arthur Griffith use of the political name, see Sinn Féin (19th century). ... The DHondt method (equivalent to Jeffersons method, and Budder-Ofer method) is a highest averages method for allocating seats in party-list proportional representation. ... Look up Devolution in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... Nigel Alexander Dodds, OBE (born August 20, 1958) is a barrister and Northern Ireland unionist politician. ... David Simpson (born 1959) is a Democratic Unionist politician in the United Kingdom. ... Gregory Lloyd Campbell (born February 15, 1953, Londonderry) is a Northern Ireland unionist politician, and the Democratic Unionist Party member of the British parliament for East Londonderry. ... March 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase announces that the 2006 Fiji general elections will be held in the second week of May 2006 from the 6th to the 13th. ... A Member of the European Parliament (English abbreviation MEP)[1] is a member of the European Unions directly-elected legislative body, the European Parliament. ... James Hugh Allister, QC, known as Jim, (born April 2, 1953 in Crossgar, County Down) is a Northern Ireland unionist politician and senior barrister. ...

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History

The party was established in 1971 by Ian Paisley and Desmond Boal and other members of the Protestant Unionist Party. It has won seats at local council, province, national and European level. It won eight seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly of 1973-1974, where it opposed the formation of a power-sharing executive made up of unionists and nationalists following the Sunningdale Agreement. The DUP were more radically unionist than the UUP; also, the DUP had a stronger working-class element and consequently relatively centre-left economic policies.[citation needed] The establishment of this political party arguably stemmed from insecurities of the Protestant working class.[5] Paisley was elected one of Northern Ireland's three European Parliament members at the first elections in 1979 and retained that seat in every European election until 2004. In 2004 Paisley was replaced as the DUP MEP by Jim Allister, who resigned from the party in 2007 while retaining his seat.[3] Ian Richard Kyle Paisley (born 6 April 1926), styled The Revd and Rt Hon. ... Desmond Boal (1929- ) is a former Northern Irish Unionist politician. ... The Protestant Unionist Party (PUP) were a political party operating in Northern Ireland from 1966 to 1971. ... The Northern Ireland Assembly was a legislative assembly set up by the Government of the United Kingdom on 3 May 1973 to restore devolved government to Northern Ireland with a power-sharing executive made up of unionists and nationalists. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... The Sunningdale Agreement on December 9, 1973, was an attempt to end the Northern Ireland troubles by forcing unionists to share power with nationalists. ... In politics, the term centre-left is commonly used to describe and denote political parties or organisations that stretch from the centre to the left or are moderately left-wing, as opposed to extreme left wing beliefs such as communism. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... Established 1952, as the Common Assembly President Hans-Gert Pöttering (EPP) Since 16 January 2007 Vice-Presidents 14 Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou (EPP) Alejo Vidal-Quadras (EPP) Gérard Onesta (Greens – EFA) Edward McMillan-Scott (ED) Mario Mauro (EPP) Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez (PES) Luigi Cocilovo (ALDE) Mechtild... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... James Hugh Allister, QC, known as Jim, (born April 2, 1953 in Crossgar, County Down) is a Northern Ireland unionist politician and senior barrister. ...


The DUP also holds seats in the British House of Commons, and has been elected to each of the Northern Ireland conventions and assemblies set up since the party's creation. It has long been the major rival to the other major unionist party, the Ulster Unionist Party (known for a time in the 1970s and 1980s as the Official Unionist Party (OUP) to distinguish it from the then multitude of other unionist parties, some set up by deposed former leaders). However, the DUP's main rivals are the Irish Republican Sinn Féin and the Irish nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).[citation needed] In the context of Irish politics, Unionists are people in Northern Ireland, who wish to see the continuation of the Act of Union 1800, as amended by the Government of Ireland Act 1920, under which Northern Ireland, created in that latter Act, remains part of the United Kingdom of Great... The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP or, in a historic sense, simply the Unionist Party) is a moderate unionist political party in Northern Ireland. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Fianna Fáil - The Republican Party (Pronounced fee-na fall.) (English: Soldiers of Destiny) is the largest political party in the Republic of Ireland. ... For pre-Arthur Griffith use of the political name, see Sinn Féin (19th century). ... An Irish nationalist is generally one who seeks (greater) independence of Ireland from Great Britain, including since 1921 the goal of a United Ireland. ... The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP — Irish: Páirtí Sóisialta Daonlathach an Lucht Oibre) is the smaller of the two major nationalist parties in Northern Ireland. ...


The DUP was originally involved in the negotiations under former United States Senator George J. Mitchell that led to the Belfast Agreement (also known as the Good Friday Agreement on account of the day on which it was signed). The party withdrew in protest when Sinn Féin, a republican party with ties to the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), was allowed to participate despite the IRA retaining weapons. The DUP opposed the Agreement in the referendum that followed its signing, and which saw the Agreement approved reasonably comfortably nonetheless. Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... For other persons with a similar name, see George Mitchell George John Mitchell, GBE (born August 20, 1933) is a former Democratic Party politician and United States Senator from the state of Maine, and currently serves as Chairman of the global law firm DLA Piper US LLP and also as... The Belfast Agreement (also known as the Good Friday Agreement and, more rarely, as the Stormont Agreement) was a major political development in the Northern Ireland peace process. ... Good Friday is the Friday before Easter (Easter always falls on a Sunday). ... For pre-Arthur Griffith use of the political name, see Sinn Féin (19th century). ... Irish republicanism is an ideology based on the Irish nationalist belief that all of Ireland should be a single independent republic, whether as a unitary state, a federal state or as a confederal arrangement. ... The Provisional Irish Republican Army (Irish: Óglaigh na hÉireann) (IRA; also referred to as the PIRA, the Provos, or by some of its supporters as the Army or the RA.[2]) is an Irish Republican, left wing[3] paramilitary organisation that, until the Belfast Agreement, sought to end Northern...


The DUP fought the resulting election to the Northern Ireland Assembly and took two seats in the multi-party power-sharing executive but while serving as ministers refused to sit in at meetings of the Executive Committee (cabinet) in protest at Sinn Féin's participation.[citation needed] The Executive ultimately collapsed over an alleged IRA espionage ring at Stormont. (see Stormontgate). The logo of the Northern Ireland Assembly, a six flowered linen or flax plant. ... Stormont may refer to: Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Stormont Stormont, a suburb and electoral ward of East Belfast Stormont (electoral district), a Canadian federal electoral district Parliament of Northern Ireland nickname that might include the Executive Committee of the Privy Council of Northern Ireland Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry... Stormontgate is the name given to the controversy surrounding an alleged Provisional Irish Republican Army spy-ring based in Stormont, the parliament building of Northern Ireland. ...


In the delayed Northern Ireland Assembly election of 2003, the DUP became the largest political party in the region, with 30 seats. In 2004, it became the largest Northern Ireland party at Westminster, with the defection of Jeffrey Donaldson. On December 12, 2004, English MP Andrew Hunter took the DUP whip, giving the party seven seats, in comparison to the UUP's five, Sinn Féin's four, and the SDLP's three. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Type Bicameral Houses House of Commons House of Lords Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin MP Lord Speaker Hélène Hayman, PC Members 1377 (646 Commons, 731 Peers) Political groups Labour Party Conservative Party Liberal Democrats Scottish National Party Plaid Cymru Democratic Unionist Party Sinn Féin... Jeffrey Mark Donaldson (born 7 December 1962) is a Northern Irish politician and Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley. ... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Andrew Hunter (born January 8, 1943) is a United Kingdom politician and a member of the Orange Order. ...

In the 2005 general election, the party reinforced its position as the largest unionist party, winning nine seats, making it the fourth largest party in terms of seats in the British House of Commons behind Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. In terms of votes, the DUP is the fourth largest party in Ireland. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... It has been suggested that Marginal constituencies in the United Kingdom be merged into this article or section. ...


When this is compared to the Northern Ireland local government elections (held on the same day as the Westminster General Election but under Proportional Representation), then the final figures would indicate that, had the Westminster General Election been on a Proportional Representation basis instead of the First-past-the-post system, the DUP would only have had six seats and the UUP and Sinn Féin four seats each. The SDLP would still have its three seats but there would have been another seat for an independent. This is a list of United Kingdom general elections since 1802. ... Proportional representation (sometimes referred to as full representation, or PR), is a category of electoral formula aiming at a close match between the percentage of votes that groups of candidates (grouped by a certain measure) obtain in elections and the percentage of seats they receive (usually in legislative assemblies). ... The first-past-the-post electoral system is a voting system for single-member districts, variously called first-past-the-post (FPTP or FPP), winner-take-all, plurality voting, or relative majority. ...


At the Local Government election of 2005, the DUP also emerged as the largest party at Local Government level with 182 Councillors across Northern Ireland's 26 District Councils.2005 Local Government Election Results The DUP currently has a majority of the members on both Castlereagh Borough Council, which has long been a DUP stronghold and is home to Deputy Leader Peter Robinson, and in Ballymena Borough Counciland finally Ards Borough Council, home to Ian Paisley. As well as outright control on both of these councils, the DUP is also the largest party in eight of the other Councils. These are Antrim Borough Council, Ballymoney Borough Council, Banbridge District Council, Belfast City Council, Carrickfergus Borough Council, Coleraine Borough Council, and Craigavon Borough Council. Castlereagh Borough Council is a local council in Northern Ireland. ... Peter David Robinson (born December 29, 1948) is a Democratic Unionist Party Member of Parliament for East Belfast. ... Ballymena Borough Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. ... Ards Borough Council is a Local Council in County Down, Northern Ireland with its headquarters in Newtownards. ... Antrim Borough Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. ... Ballymoney Borough Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. ... Banbridge District Council is a Local Council in County Down in Northern Ireland. ... Belfast City Council is the largest local council serving the largest city in Northern Ireland which has a population of 277,391. ... Carrickfergus Borough Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. ... Coleraine Borough Council is a Local Council partly in County Antrim and partly in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. ... Craigavon Borough Council is a Local Council in County Armagh in Northern Ireland. ...


Policies

Constitutional position

The DUP supports the maintenance of Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ...

  • Constitutional Monarchist
  • Supports a devolved Government for Northern Ireland if certain conditions are met by Sinn Féin.
  • Seeks the establishment of a Northern Ireland Assembly with an Executive Government made up of democratic parties with no links to an active terrorist organisation.
  • Supports practical co-operation with the Republic of Ireland on issues of mutual concern and provided that decisions taken are accountable to the people of Northern Ireland.

Monarchism is the advocacy of the establishment, preservation, or restoration of a monarchy. ... This article is becoming very long. ...

Policy papers

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Party spokesmen - Westminster

Policy issue Spokesperson
Party Leader Ian Paisley
Deputy Leader Peter Robinson
Chief Whip Nigel Dodds
Defence, Culture, Media and Sport Gregory Campbell
Education and Skills, Housing Sammy Wilson
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs William McCrea
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Europe Ian Paisley
Health, Youth and Women Iris Robinson
Home Affairs, Lord Chancellor's Department Peter Robinson
Trade and Industry David Simpson
Transport, International Development Jeffrey Donaldson
Treasury, Work and Pensions, Shadow Leader of the House Nigel Dodds

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Belfast Agreement

The 1998 Belfast Agreement was opposed by the Democratic Unionist Party. The opposition was based on a number of reasons, including: Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Belfast Agreement (also known as the Good Friday Agreement and, more rarely, as the Stormont Agreement) was a major political development in the Northern Ireland peace process. ...

  • The early release of republican prisoners
  • The mechanism to allow Sinn Féin to hold Government office despite ongoing IRA activity.
  • The lack of accountability of Ministers within the Executive.
  • The lack of accountability of the North-South Ministerial Council and all-Ireland Implementation Bodies.

The Belfast Agreement relied on the support of a majority of unionists and a majority of nationalists in order for it to operate.[citation needed] During the 2003 Assembly Election, the DUP argued for a "fair deal" that could command the support of both unionists and nationalists. After the results of this election the DUP argued that support was no longer present within unionism for the Belfast Agreement. They then went on to publish their proposals for devolution in Northern Ireland entitled 'Devolution Now' For pre-Arthur Griffith use of the political name, see Sinn Féin (19th century). ... The North-South Ministerial Council is a body established under the Belfast Agreement (also known as the Good Friday Agreement) to co-ordinate activity and exercise certain limited governmental powers across the whole island of Ireland. ...


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The DUP has consistently held the view that any party which is linked to a terrorist organisation should not be eligible to hold Government office.[citation needed] The activities of the IRA and the other paramilitary groups have been monitored by the Independent Monitoring Commission. The Independent Monitoring Commission is an organisation, founded on 7 January 2004, to promote peace and stability in Northern Ireland. ...


Elected representatives

Parliament of the United Kingdom

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Northern Ireland Assembly

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Ian Paisley, Jr, MLA (born 1966 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for the Democratic Unionist Party and an author. ... North Antrim is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... Alderman Edwin Poots MLA is a Northern Ireland politician and a Democratic Unionist Party MLA for Lagan Valley. ... Lagan Valley is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... Alderman George Robinson MLA (born 30 May 1941) is a unionist politician in Northern Ireland. ... East Londonderry is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... Iris Robinson (born September 6, 1949 in Belfast as Iris Collins) is a Northern Ireland unionist politician. ... Strangford is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... Peter David Robinson (born December 29, 1948) is a Democratic Unionist Party Member of Parliament for East Belfast. ... Belfast East is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... Alastair Ross (born March 1981) is a Unionist politician in Northern Ireland. ... East Antrim is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... George Dawson MLA is a Northern Irish politician for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). ... is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Cllr Jim Shannon MLA (born 1965) is a Unionist politician from Northern Ireland. ... Strangford is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... David Simpson (born 1959) is a Democratic Unionist politician in the United Kingdom. ... Upper Bann is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... Jimmy Spratt is a Unionist politician from Northern Ireland. ... Belfast South is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... Cllr Mervyn Storey MLA is a Northern Ireland politician and a Democratic Unionist Party MLA for North Antrim. ... North Antrim is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... Cllr Peter Weir MLA is a unionist politician in Northern Ireland. ... North Down is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... Jim Wells MLA (born 27 April 1957) is a politician from the Democratic Unionist Party and a deputy speaker of the Transitional Assembly (Northern Ireland). ... South Down is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... Sammy Wilson Sammy Wilson (born April 4, 1953, Belfast) is a politician in Northern Ireland and both Member of Parliament and a Member of the Legislative Assembly for East Antrim. ... East Antrim is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ...

Recent developments

On 11 April 2006, it was announced that three DUP members were to be elevated to the House of Lords: Maurice Morrow, Wallace Browne, the former Lord Mayor of Belfast, and Eileen Paisley, a vice-president of the DUP and wife of DUP Leader Ian Paisley. None, however, sit as DUP peers. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Prose is writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to the patterns of everyday speech. ... is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ... Maurice George Morrow, Baron Morrow (born 1948) is a Northern Irish unionist politician. ... Wallace Hamilton Browne, Baron Browne of Belmont is a Northern Irish politician in the Democratic Unionist Party. ... The Lord Mayor of Belfast is a ceremonial position held by a member of Belfast City Council. ... Eileen Paisley, Baroness Paisley of St. ... Ian Richard Kyle Paisley (born 6 April 1926), styled The Revd and Rt Hon. ...


On 27 October 2006, the DUP issued a four page letter in the Belfast Telegraph newspaper asking the question "Are the terms of Saint Andrew's a basis of moving forward to devolution?", with responses to be received to its party headquarters by the 8 Novermber. It was part of the party's overall direction of consultation with its electorate before entering a power-sharing assembly.[citation needed] is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On 24 November 2006, Ian Paisley refused to nominate himself as First Minister designate. There was confusion between all parties whether he actually said that if Sinn Féin supported policing and the rule of law that he would nominate himself on 28 March 2007 after the Assembly elections on 7 March 2007. The Assembly meeting was brought to an abrupt end when they had to evacuate because of a security breach. Ian Paisley later released a statement through the press office stating that he did in fact imply that if Sinn Féin supported policing and the rule of law, he would go into power sharing with Sinn Féin. This was following a statement issued by 12 DUP MLAs stating that what Ian Paisley had said in the chamber could not be interpreted as a nomination.[citation needed] is the 328th day of the year (329th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


The DUP has recently suggested that it would begin to impose fines up to £20,000 on members disobeying the party whip on crucial votes. [6] “GBP” redirects here. ...


On 24 March 2007 the DUP Party Executive overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution put to them by the Party Officers which did not agree to an establishment of devolution and an Executive in Northern Ireland by the Government's deadline of 26th March, but did agree to setting up an Executive on 8th May 2007. DUP Executive agrees devolution date is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


On 27 March 2007, the party's sole Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Jim Allister, resigned from the party, in opposition to the decision to enter powersharing with Sinn Féin, he will retain his seat as a Independent MEP. MP Gregory Campbell has warned on April 6, 2007 that his party will be watching to see if benefits flow from the party's agreement to share power with Sinn Féin.[7] is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... James Hugh Allister, QC, known as Jim, (born April 2, 1953 in Crossgar, County Down) is a Northern Ireland unionist politician and senior barrister. ... For pre-Arthur Griffith use of the political name, see Sinn Féin (19th century). ... Gregory Lloyd Campbell (born February 15, 1953, Londonderry) is a Northern Ireland unionist politician, and the Democratic Unionist Party member of the British parliament for East Londonderry. ... is the 96th day of the year (97th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For pre-Arthur Griffith use of the political name, see Sinn Féin (19th century). ...


On 7 May 2007 The East Antrim MLA George Dawson passed away after a short battle against cancer. He was replaced by Alastair Ross, who had previously worked as a Parliamentary Researcher for the East Antrim MP and MLA Sammy Wilson. is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Alastair Ross (born March 1981) is a Unionist politician in Northern Ireland. ...


See also

This is a list of Democratic Unionist Party MPs. ... This is a list of Members of the United Kingdom House of Lords who were born, live or lived in Northern Ireland. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ Freston, Paul (2004). Protestant Political Parties: A Global Survey. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 47–51. ISBN 978-0754640622. 
  2. ^ "DUP 'would share power in May'", BBC News Online, BBC, 2007-03-24. Retrieved on 2007-04-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Allister quits power-sharing DUP", BBC News Online, BBC, 2007-03-27. Retrieved on 2007-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Seventh councillor leaves the DUP", BBC News Online, BBC, 2007-04-05. Retrieved on 2007-04-07. 
  5. ^ Beyond the Sectarian Divide: the Social Bases and Political Consequences of Nationalist and Unionist Party Competition in Northern Ireland by Geoffrey Evans and Mary Duffy. In British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 27, No. 1. (Jan., 1997), p.58
  6. ^ Sunday Times, page 1.10, February 4, 2007
  7. ^ "Agreement must bring benefits, Congressmen are told", Noel McAdam, Belfast Telegraph, 2007-04-06. Retrieved on 2007-04-06. 

BBC News website in June 2007. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... BBC News website in June 2007. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... BBC News website in June 2007. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Belfast Telegraph is a daily evening newspaper published in Belfast, Northern Ireland by Independent News and Media. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 96th day of the year (97th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • DUP Website
  • Deputy Leader Peter Robinson MP MLA
  • Jeffrey Donaldson MP MLA
  • Sammy Wilson MP MLA
  • George Dawson MLA
  • Ian Paisley Jnr MLA
  • Jonathan Craig MLA - Lagan Valley DUP

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