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  Democratic Unionist Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As of 2006 it is the largest political party in Northern Ireland and the 4th largest party in the UK House of Commons.
The party was established in 1971 by Ian Paisley and Desmond Boal.
In 2004 it became the largest Northern Ireland party in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, with the defection of Jeffrey Donaldson.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Democratic_Unionist_Party   (595 words)

 Vanguard Progressive Unionist Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The party contested a succession of elections: to the brief Sunningdale Assembly, the February 1974 General Election, the October 1974 General Election and the 1975 elections to the Constitutional Convention.
Craig however claimed that he had the backing of the parties rank and file and this was confirmed when sixty percent of party members and thirteen of the twenty-four councillors backed him at a specially convened meeting.
The 1977 council elections were seen as a crucial test of Vanguard's ability to survive as a party and ultimately the party failed that test emerging from the election with only five councillors compared to twenty-four in 1973 or the thirteen that they had after the 1975 split.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Vanguard_Progressive_Unionist_Party   (760 words)

 Democratic Unionist Party - Politics.ie Wiki
The Democratic Unionist Party is, since 2003, the largest Unionist party in Northern Ireland.
The Rev. Ian Paisley is the leader and founder of the DUP.
The party was founded in 1971 by members of the Protestant Unionist Party.
www.politics.ie /wiki/index.php?title=DUP   (170 words)

 CAIN: Abstracts of Organisations - 'D'
Democratic Dialogue was set up in 1995, in the wake of the paramilitary ceasefires, as a 'think tank' geared to stimulating fresh approaches to the political problems of Northern Ireland, as well as addressing long-neglected economic, social and cultural questions.
During 1999 DL merged with the Irish Labour Party (based in the Republic of Ireland) and the joint party became The Labour Party.
The DUP was formed in September 1971 by Ian Paisley, currently leader of the DUP, and Desmond Boal who was then Member of Parliament for Shankill.
cain.ulst.ac.uk /othelem/organ/dorgan.htm   (1834 words)

 Ulster Unionist Party - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Ulster Unionist Party, Northern Irish Unionist political party dedicated to the maintenance of union between Northern Ireland and the United...
The Ulster Unionist Party governed Northern Ireland from 1921 to 1972.
The DUP rejected direct rule which abolished the parliament at Stormont in 1972.
uk.encarta.msn.com /Ulster_Unionist_Party.html   (117 words)

 ::: u.tv :::   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In the November 2003 Assembly Elections, the Rev Ian Paisley`s party overtook the UUP as the largest unionist party and biggest party in Northern Ireland - a result which was reinforced in last year`s European Parliament Elections.
The DUP is aggressively targeting the five UUP House of Commons seats in East Antrim, South Antrim, South Belfast, North Down and Mr Trimble`s constituency in Upper Bann.
The DUP deputy leader said it was essential unionists rallied round his party to prevent Sinn Fein from becoming the largest Northern Ireland party.
www.utvlive.com /newsroom/indepth.asp?id=59643&pt=n   (695 words)

 CAIN: Abstracts of Organisations - 'U'
The Ulster Unionist Party was also known as the Official Unionist Party during the 1970s because of the fact that it represented the remnants of the Unionist Party which governed Northern Ireland at Stormont between 1921 and 1972.
Although the party was a branch of the British Conservative Party ('the Conservative and Unionist Party') the decision of the Conservative government, led by Edward Heath, in March 1972 to prorogued the parliament at Stormont and introduce 'Direct Rule' from Westminster virtually broke the link between the two parties.
It was formed by a group of people who had been members of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and who supported Brian Faulkner after the proposals contained in the Sunningdale Agreement had been rejected by most of the members of the UUP.
cain.ulst.ac.uk /othelem/organ/uorgan.htm   (7200 words)

 Democratic Unionist Party General Conference Opens Sessions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The opening session of the conference was attended by President of the Republic Omer Al-Bashir, the Secretary General of the National Congress, leaders of the political parties and representatives of the diplomatic missions in Khartoum besides delegations of the party from the various states of the country.
Secretary-General of the Democratic Unionist Party Al-Sharief Zainal-Abin Al-Hindi greeted the participants in the conference, calling on the masses of the party to work together with the government in confronting the challenges facing the country in all fields.
The Registrar of Political Parties and Association Mohammed Ahmed Salim said the convening of the conference comes in a critical stage of the political development in the country, pointing out that the Democratic Unionist Party has been an influential party throughout its history.
www.sudanembassy.org /asp/print.asp?ID=175   (192 words)

 The Northern Ireland Assembly -
~Mr Roger Hutchinson was expelled from the Northern Ireland Unionist Party (NIUP) with effect from 2 December 1999.
Ø Pauline Armitage was suspended from the Ulster Unionist Party with effect from 9 Novemebr 2001.
#Roger Hutchinson was elected as a member of the UK Unionist Party, formed the Northern Ireland Unionist Party with effect from 15 January 1999, was expelled and declared himself an Independent Unionist with effect from 1 December 1999.
www.niassembly.gov.uk /members/parties/party.htm   (188 words)

 Sudan - Democratic Unionist Party   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Historically, the DUP and its predecessors were plagued by factionalism, stemming largely from the differing perspectives of secular-minded professionals in the party and the more traditional religious values of their Khatmiyyah supporters.
In the 1986 parliamentary elections, the DUP won the second largest number of seats and agreed to participate in Sadiq al Mahdi's coalition government.
By late 1988, however, other DUP leaders had persuaded Mirghani that the Islamic law issue was the main obstacle to a peaceful resolution of the civil war.
countrystudies.us /sudan/69.htm   (355 words)

 EIPS - Ulster Democratic Unionist Party Conference Speech
The great objective is to discredit the loyal Unionist majority and seek, by the most underhand schemes, to turn the Democratic Unionist Party into another easy pushover spineless organisation, as has happened to the Ulster Unionist Party.
Unionist traditionalism united, and at the end of the election the tide had turned, and best of all IRA /Sinn Fein was defeated in West Belfast, and unionists are back in business in that area.
Many inside the Unionist Party left that Party and rallied to join the revival of the old heroic unionist spirit.
www.ianpaisley.org /article.asp?ArtKey=dupspeech   (1764 words)

 BBC - History - War and Conflict   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Democratic Unionist Party was formed in 1971 by Reverend Ian Paisley and William Boal, an MP for Shankill who had been expelled from the Unionist Parliamentary Party.
When the party was formed, Boal, a leading barrister, said it would be right wing on the constitution but to the left on social policies.
The DUP is inextricably linked with the powerful personality of its leader whose opposition to the civil rights movement and the reforms of Terence O'Neill made him a household name years before he became an MP.
www.bbc.co.uk /history/war/troubles/factfiles/dup.shtml   (505 words)

 Northern Ireland elections: Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein gain support
The DUP has become the largest party in the Assembly should its one-year suspension by the British government be reversed.
The party led by the right-wing demagogue, Reverend Ian Paisley, increased its share of the 108 seats in the Assembly from 20 to 30, taking seats from the minority unionist parties such as the UK Unionist Party and the Progressive Unionist Party.
The increased votes for Sinn Fein and the DUP are contradictory expressions of growing discontent with the so-called “peace process” precisely because it is devoid of any genuine democratic content and has failed to live up to the hopes invested in it.
www.wsws.org /articles/2003/dec2003/nire-d03.shtml   (1679 words)

Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley gestures as he...
Paisley, whose party holds veto power on reviving power-sharing with Sinn Fein, said the IRA had probably lied to the inspectors and were keeping weapons in reserve.
Democratic Unionist lawmaker David Simpson said international pressure could not force his party, which represents most of the province's British Protestant majority, to cooperate with Sinn Fein, the major Irish Catholic-backed party.
www.comcast.net /news/international/index.jsp?cat=INTERNATIONAL&fn=/2005/09/27/229721.html   (909 words)

The Ulster Unionist Party is the largest unionist party in Northern Ireland and the fourth largest party in the United Kingdom.
In 1972 the party split and formed the Official Unionist Party and the Democratic Unionist party.
The Democratic Unionist Party is a right wing anti Catholic organization, which is also a unionist party associated with the United Kingdom.
www.mtholyoke.edu /~cecatala/protestant.html   (193 words)

 The Ulster Unionist Party 1972   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
His access to internal party material such as a private recording of a debate between devolutionist and integrationist speakers at an East Antrim constituency meeting indicates the genuine depth of feeling and division within the party in the immediate years after the 1985 Hillsborough Pact.
The party had ruled the state since its foundation in 1921 and found it difficulty to adjust to the new role of ‘opposition’ to the whims and follies of successive ‘Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland’.
The apparent UUP ‘monolith’ crumbled, as the militant Ulster Vanguard movement became a separate political party in 1973 and the party split again that year over proposals which led to the notorious Sunningdale Agreement.
www.ulsternation.org.uk /ulster_unionist_party_1972.htm   (747 words)

 Court Allows Northern Ireland Deal To Go Ahead -- 11/05/2001
The court action by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) came after an eventful weekend in Irish politics that included the future of the assembly being thrown into doubt, a last-minute plan to save the legislative body and a suspected Real IRA bomb blast in Birmingham.
The Democratic Unionist Party contested that move at the High Court in Belfast on Monday, claiming that time had run out to elect a provincial first minister and that in the absence of a leader British Northern Ireland Secretary John Reid is required to call new popular elections for all assembly seats.
Peter Robinson, the DUP deputy leader, said Reid was breaking the law by refusing to call for a new election.
www.cnsnews.com /ViewPrint.asp?Page=\ForeignBureaus\archive\200111\FOR20011105f.html   (575 words)

 Unionist disquiet sets back talks
Pressure on Mr Trimble to bring down the talks process intensified yesterday when Ian Paisley, leader of the hardline Democratic Unionist Party, said the negotiations were "dead in the water" and called on fellow Unionists to withdraw.
Unionists said they were reassured by Miss Mowlam's insistence that the principle of consent was "central and inviolable".
David Ervine, of the Progressive Unionist Party, said: "These are the people who are the great defenders of Ulster and Unionism and when their country needs them most they have run away.
www.telegraph.co.uk /htmlContent.jhtml?html=/archive/1997/07/23/nuls23.html   (577 words)

 Prospects for the Peace Process in Northern Ireland - Council on Foreign Relations
Having been elected as the largest party with the [inaudible] proposals, which are aimed at showing that we want to move forward, and that we want to encourage people to give up violence and to join the democratic process and move forward in a democratic way.
And I think there have been unpleasant experiences for [Ulster Unionist Party leader] David Trimble, who did take them on trust, who was prepared to take their word that they were going to give up violence and that they would give up the weaponry.
Now, for a Unionist political party to be contemplating that, given the history that there's been in Northern Ireland, is in itself a very significant concession.
www.cfr.org /publication/6874/prospects_for_the_peace_process_in_northern_ireland.html   (8138 words)

 N. Ireland's Trimble To Quit as Party Leader
The party, which once dominated politics in this predominantly Protestant territory, retained just one of Northern Ireland's 18 seats, and the highest-profile loser was Trimble.
The Democratic Unionist Party, led by firebrand preacher Ian Paisley, 79, ate into the Ulster Unionists' support, winning nine seats including Upper Bann, a district southwest of Belfast that Trimble had held since 1990.
Trimble narrowly survived several attempts to unseat him as Ulster Unionist leader, but he could not stop the flow of votes to Paisley's Democratic Unionists.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/07/AR2005050701072_pf.html   (548 words)

 Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / Political bedfellows in Northern Ireland
The Unionists accept that a united Ireland is not on the political agenda of either the Irish or British governments and that it can only happen when the people of Northern Ireland themselves give their consent.
Also, the "younger" generation of Democratic Unionist leaders left their parochial ethnic and conspiratorial enclaves and traveled to Europe, the United States, South Africa, and elsewhere.
This current generation of Democratic Unionist leaders became acquainted with the wider political world outside the narrow confines of their own "little" conflict.
www.boston.com /news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/09/23/political_bedfellows_in_northern_ireland?mode=PF   (656 words)

 Ulster Unionist   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
And Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey said the two successful parades were the result of courageous decisions to engage with residents, a more pragmatic approach from the Commission...
They use their influence to discourage unionist voters from participating in St Patrick s...the past that Belfast people, nationalist and unionist alike, want to move away from.  Ulster Unionist Councillor Jim Rodgers denied he was...
Unionist parties, particularly the DUP, boast...the degree of demoralisation within unionist communities is not unconnected to...the place.
www.ljseek.com /Ulster-Unionist_s4.html   (733 words)

 BBC News | NORTHERN IRELAND | Rebel unionist considers DUP move
A former Ulster Unionist Party member, Mr Weir was expelled from the party earlier this month for failing to support leader David Trimble's nomination to be re-elected as Northern Ireland First Minister.
Mr Robinson was speaking at the party's 30th anniversary conference in Newcastle, County Down, where he said the Ulster Unionist Party had "had its day".
He objected to the panel that expelled him from the party on the grounds that it was the same as that which had previously disciplined him.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/northern_ireland/1675646.stm   (454 words)

 The Northern Ireland Assembly - The Democratic Unionist Party   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Northern Ireland Assembly - The Democratic Unionist Party
** Peter Weir was elected as a member of the Ulster Unionist Party, ceased to be a member with effect from 9 November 2001 and became a member of the Democratic Unionist Party with effect from 30 April 2002.
*** Roger Hutchinson was elected as a member of the UK Unionist Party, formed the Northern Ireland Unionist Party with effect from 15 January 1999, was expelled and declared himself an Independent Unionist with effect from 1 December 1999.
www.niassembly.gov.uk /members/parties/dup.htm   (130 words)

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