Leader: The Rev Ian Paisley, MP for North Antrim

Number of seats at last election: 5 Number of seats at last election: 5 People Ian Paisley was appointed in 1946 what’s more, co-founded the DUP what’s more, Free Presbyterian Church of

April 2005
Leader: The Rev Ian Paisley, MP for North Antrim

Number of seats at last election: 5
Number of seats at last election: 5
People

Ian Paisley was appointed in 1946 what’s more, co-founded the DUP what’s more, Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster in 1951 A intense identity what’s more, vociferous campaigner on sake of the unionist cause, he has moreover altered the Protestant Transmit from 1966 to the show date
He is known for his ardent talks what’s more, catchphrase of “no surrender” what’s more, for reviling the Pope as the “AntiChrist” while the Pontiff tended to the European Parliament in 1988
A Part of Parliament for North Antrim since 1970, he was chosen one of Northern Ireland’s three European Parliament individuals at the to start with races in 1979 – a situate he held in each European race until 2004, getting the most astounding rate well known vote of any Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland or, then again Awesome England MEP what’s more, one of the most noteworthy anyplace in Europe
In 2004 he was supplanted as the DUP MEP by Jim Allister after standing down since of his falling flat health
Currently bringing down his open profile, conceivable successors are seen as his appointee leader, Dwindle Robinson what’s more, his son, Ian Paisley Jnr, a senior DUP figure
Despite his age (he is in his 79th year) Paisley has affirmed he would once more be challenging the North Antrim situate in the General Election

Ian Paisley set up the Ulster Law based Unionist Party in 1971 Since at that point it has won seats at nearby council, province, national what’s more, European level
The DUP were initially included in the arrangements that driven to the Belfast Assention Рtoo known as the Great Friday Agreement However, they pulled back in dissent at the point when Sinn F̩in was permitted to take an interest after the IRA declared a ceasefire, yet not a decommissioning of arms The DUP at that point restricted the Agreement
Despite this, they battled the coming about race to the Northern Ireland Gathering what’s more, took two seats in the multi-party power-sharing official be that as it may while serving as pastors declined to sit in at gatherings of the Official Advisory group (cabinet) in dissent at Sinn Féin’s participation The Official has since been suspended

The party moved toward becoming the biggest party in Northern Ireland in 2004 at the point when Jeffrey Donaldson defected
Later in the year, English MP Andrew Seeker took the DUP whip, giving the party seven seats, in correlation to the UUP’s five, Sinn Féin’s four, what’s more, the SDLP’s three

Despite the DUP contradicting the Great Friday Agreement, a choice came out unequivocally in support of it what’s more, the Northern Ireland Get together was set up

The DUP has laid down seven ‘key beliefs’ what’s more, seven ‘key tests’ which is says are important for any arrangements over the future of Northern Ireland These include:

No arranging with the agents of psychological oppression yet we will talk to other popularity based parties
Those who are not conferred to only tranquil what’s more, popularity based implies ought to not be capable to work out unaccountable official power
Terrorist structures what’s more, weaponry must be expelled some time recently the bar to the Stormont Official can be opened

Any relationship with the Republic of Ireland ought to be completely responsible to the Assembly
The DUP will work to reestablish the confidence what’s more, viability of the police force

We will endeavor to guarantee honest to goodness correspondence for all counting correspondence in funding
Any Get together must be democratic, reasonable what’s more, accountable Any official control must be completely responsible to the Assembly
As it were those conferred to only quiet what’s more, popularity based implies ought to work out any Cabinet-style Ecclesiastical responsibility
Inside any new Assention any relationship with the Republic of Ireland must be completely responsible to the Assembly
Prospects

In the Northern Ireland Get together decision of 2003 the DUP progressed toward becoming the biggest political party with 30 seats In 2004 it moved toward becoming the biggest Northern Ireland party in the UK Parliament It anticipates further victory in 2005

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