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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Damehood for former N.I First Minister

Former MLA & First Minister for Northern Ireland and ex-DUP leader Arlene Foster is to be made a Dame as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours in this Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee year.

Conferred the Damehood ‘For Political and Public Service’, Dame Foster has spent over 30 years involved in politics from her time as a University student.

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Whilst at Queen’s University Belfast where she studied law, Dame Foster first began her political aspirations, joining Queen’s Unionist Association, part of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP).

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She was first elected to the Assembly in 2003, then under leader David Trimble, before leaving the party the following year to join the ranks of the DUP together with the party’s current leader, Sir Jeffery Donaldson MP.

During her time in the assembly, Mrs Foster served as Minister in several departments including, Environment from 2007 to 2008, Enterprise and Investment from 2008 to 2015 and Finance and Personnel from 2015 to 2016.

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In A first for Northern Ireland, Arlene was elected without opposition to succeed Peter Robinson as the first female First Minister in December 2015, and a month later in January 2016 — another first — as the first female leader of the party.

However on April 28, 2021, under increasing pressure following twenty DUP MLAs and 4 DUP MPs signing a letter of concern regards Mrs Foster’s leadership, she resigned as both First Minister and party leader. Several months later in October, she also resigned from her seat in the Assembly.

Now instead of being asked the questions, Arlene is asking them after jumping the fence to the other side of the media as a presenter on the news channel GB News.

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