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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Donaldson officially endorsed as DUP leader

Sir Jeffery Donaldson, following a meeting this evening (Wednesday) of the DUP, officially takes over as leader of the party.

Previously losing out the Edwin Poots in a leadership bid, the Lagan Valley MLA was forced to resign after just 21 days in the job.

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This time around Donaldson was unopposed in his bid and was confirmed as leader designate on Saturday by the DUP electoral college, gaining 32 votes out of 36.

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This evening at the La Mon Hotel in Belfast, the final stage of the process were completed at a meeting of the DUP, where he received unanimous support, officially becoming leader of the party, the third in almost a two-month.

The North Belfast MLA Paula Bradley is expected to continue as Deputy leader of the party.

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Following the meeting, Sir Jeffery Donaldson told reporters his priority was the NI protocol, saying: “(It) will be to right the wrong that has been done by the imposition of this protocol.”

In recent months the party has suffered fractions from within, beginning with the ousting of former leader and First Minister Arlene Foster, and then Agricultural Minister Edwin Poots lasting less than a month in the top job over the controversial Irish language legislation.

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