Democratic Unionist Party
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Tha Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is a unionist poleetical pairty in Norlin Airlan. It wis foundit in 1971 durin tha Truibils bi Ian Paisley, wha led tha pairty fur tha neist 37 yeir. Noo led bi Edwin Poots, it haes, bi a nairae margin o yin, tha maist seats in tha Norlin Airlan Assemlie an is tha fift-lairgest pairty in tha Hoose o Commons o tha Unitit Kinrick
|Leader||Edwin Poots MLA|
|Chairman||The Laird Morrow|
|Depute Leader||The Laird Dodds o Duncairn|
|Hoose o Commons Group Leader||Jeffrey Donaldson MP|
|Foondit||30 September 1971|
|Precedit bi||Protestant Unionist Party|
|Heidquarters||91 Dundela Avenue |
|House of Commons|
8 / 18
|Hoose o Lairds|
4 / 792
27 / 90
|Local government in Northern Ireland|
122 / 462
Tha DUP evolvit frae tha Protestant Unionist Party an haes historically strang links tae tha Free Presbyterian Kirk o Ulster, tha kirk Paisley foondit. Durin tha Truibils, tha DUP war opponed tae pouer-sharin wi Erse naitionalists tae redd up tha conflict, an likeweys rejectit attempts tae inrowe tha Republic o Ireland intae Norlin Erse affairs. It campaignit agin tha Sunningdale Greeance o 1985, an tha Guid Fryday Greeance o 1998. In 2006, tha DUP co-signit tha St Andras Greeance an agreit tae share pouer wi tha republican Sinn Féin wha agreit tae support tha polis service, coorts, an rule o laa.
Tha pairty haes bin linkit tae various loyalist paramilitary groups, sic as Ulster Resistance (URM) and Third Force. Tha URM wis formit oan 10 November 1986 bi DUP politicians Paisley, Peter Robinson an Ivan Foster, wi tha statit aim tae "take direct action as and when required" tae brin doun tha Greeance an defeat republicanism. Recruitment rallies war haudit in toons ootower Norlin Airlan an thousands war said tae hae jynt. Tha follaein yeir, tha URM helpit smuggle a lairge shipment o wappans intae Norlin Airlan, whit war sharit oot atween tha URM, tha Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) an tha Ulster Defence Association (UDA). In 1989, URM members attemptit tae trade Shorts' missile blueprints fur wappans frae tha apartheid Sooth African regime.
Tha pairty haes bin descreived as richt-weeng an socially conservative, bein anti-abortion an oppones same-sex mairiage. In 1977, Paisley launched the Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign tae oppone the decriminalisation o homosexuality (whit cam tae pass in 1982). Tha DUP sees itsel as defendin Britishness an Ulster Protestant cultur agin Erse naitionalism. Tha pairty is Eurosceptic an durin tha Brexit referendum it supportit tha UK leavin tha European Union.
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The men on the Antrim hillside became the nucleus of a paramilitary formation 'The Third Force' which would play a role in what the DUP called 'The Carson Trail'
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Dr Ian Paisley, who had been close to Bradford, called for tax and rent strikes by Loyalists and announced the formation of a new paramilitary body for which he claimed he was helping to recruit. Because it was to supplement the RUC and UDR, he called it the 'Third Force'
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The Democratic Unionist Party has formally announced its intention to campaign for a Brexit.
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No-one wants to see a ‘hard’ Brexit, what we want to see is a workable plan to leave the European Union, and that’s what the national vote was about – therefore we need to get on with that.
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