NORTHERN IRELAND POLITICS: Democratic Unionist Party (DUP): What You Need to Know

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NORTHERN IRELAND POLITICS: Democratic Unionist Party (DUP): What You Need to Know

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Vision: The DUP wants Northern Ireland to celebrate its centenary as a beacon of achievement within the United Kingdom. We want the hard won peace and stability to build a prosperity that flows to each district, community and family. We want to normalise our institutions and political arrangements to demonstrate that democratic standards apply and fairness and equality of opportunity is the right of all.

The DUP wants to strengthen our relationship within the United Kingdom. Our representatives in Westminster dedicate themselves to involvement in the affairs of the Nation and in partnership with their Stormont colleagues maximise Northern Ireland’s contribution to the United Kingdom. We will work to increase the respect and status of our region within the Union.

Beyond our borders the DUP wants Northern Ireland to have a global reputation as a place welcoming to all and thriving. We want Northern Ireland to be regarded as a location where a dedicated, committed and skilled workforce can be found.

We want the natural beauty and the friendly character of our people to be promoted to make Northern Ireland “the place to visit”. We want the name of Northern Ireland to be synonymous with progress.

Five Key Priorities of DUP
The DUP is focused on the issues which matter to you:

1. Jobs
Continue creating more jobs and increase incomes.

2. Families
Protect family budgets.

3. Health
Prioritise spending on the health service.

4. Education
Raise standards in education for everyone.

5. Infrastructure
Invest in infrastructure for the future.

History of DUP
A history of the Democratic Unionist Party from its formation in 1971 until the present day.

1971
4th September – Meeting in Grand Central Hotel where agreement was reached to form a new political party. Dr Paisley changes to be DUP MP for North Antrim at Westminster having been elected on 18th June 1970.

1971
5th October – 4 MPs join the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party at Stormont; Dr Paisley, William Beattie, Desmond Boal and Johnny McQuade. Charles McCullough joined the party in the Senate.

1973
28th June – 8 members elected to a Northern Ireland Assembly.

1975
1st May – 12 members elected to a Constitutional Convention.

1979
3rd May – 3 MPs elected to Westminster; Dr Paisley, Peter Robinson and Johnny McQuade.

7th June – Dr Paisley elected to the European Parliament.

1981
28th March – The final ‘Carson Trail’ rally held at Stormont after a series of Provincewide demonstrations held in opposition to the ongoing Anglo-Irish governmental talks.

1982
20th October – 21 members elected to a Northern Ireland Assembly.

1983
9th June – 3 MPs elected to Westminster; William McCrea won Mid Ulster and was returned with Dr Paisley and Peter Robinson.

1996
30th May – 24 members elected to the Northern Ireland Forum.

1998
25th June – 20 members elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

1999
10th June – Dr Paisley tops the poll in fifth consecutive European Election.

2000
21st September – William McCrea wins By Election in South Antrim

2001
7th June – 3 new members join Dr Paisley and Peter Robinson at Westminster; Iris Robinson, Gregory Campbell and Nigel Dodds.

2004
5th January – DUP representation in the Northern Ireland Assembly increased to 33 with the defection from the UUP of Jeffrey Donaldson, Arlene Foster and Nora Beare. Jeffrey Donaldson also joins the DUP team at Westminster.

10th June – The DUP once again tops the poll in the European Election following the retirement from Europe of Dr Paisley.

2005
5th May – 9 MPs elected to Westminster with the addition of Sammy Wilson, David Simpson and William McCrea to the existing DUP representatives. The DUP assumes the position as the largest party in Local Government with 182 Councillors.

2007
7th March – 36 DUP MLAs returned to the Northern Ireland Assembly in the first election following the St Andrews Agreement.

8th May – Dr Paisley becomes the First Minister of Northern Ireland.

2008
5th June – Peter Robinson becomes Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and First Minister of Northern Ireland after Dr Paisley steps down from both positions.

2009
4th June – Diane Dodds becomes the DUP Member of the European Parliament.

2011
5th May – The DUP is returned once again as the largest party in Northern Ireland, increasing its representation in the Northern Ireland Assembly to 38.

2014
22nd May – Diane Dodds is returned as the leading unionist MEP and the DUP emerges as the largest party in local government once again in the first election for the new 11 District Councils with 130 seats.

2015
17th December – Arlene Foster becomes leader of the Democratic Unionist Party following the retirement of Peter Robinson.

2016
11th January – Arlene Foster assumes the office of First Minister. 5th May – The DUP is returned at the Assembly election once again with 38 seats. 13th July – Arlene Foster appointed to the Privy Council

 

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