23/06/2021

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson Only Candidate For DUP Leadership

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson will stand uncontested for the Leadership of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Sir Jeffrey will stand for the second time after losing out to Edwin Poots by two votes just over three weeks ago.

Mr Poots resigned as leader last week after just 21 days in the role following internal party revolt. Poots leadership came to a head when he proceeded to nominate Paul Givan as First Minister, despite objections from a majority of DUP MLAs and MPs.
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The party's electoral college – which is comprised of eight MPs and 27 MLAs – is expected to meet this Saturday. As he is uncontested, it is expected that Sir Jeffrey will be ratified next week as the party's 5th leader in its 50-year history.

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