Our vision is to maintain and enhance Northern Ireland’s constitutional position within the United Kingdom, achieving long-term political stability to deliver a peaceful and prosperous future for our people.
The DUP wants Northern Ireland to celebrate its centenary as a beacon of achievement within the United Kingdom. We want the hard won peace and stability to build a prosperity that flows to each district, community and family. We want to normalise our institutions and political arrangements to demonstrate that democratic standards apply and fairness and equality of opportunity is the right of all.
The DUP wants to strengthen our relationship within the United Kingdom. Our representatives in Westminster dedicate themselves to involvement in the affairs of the Nation and in partnership with their Stormont colleagues maximise Northern Ireland’s contribution to the United Kingdom. We will work to increase the respect and status of our region within the Union.
Beyond our borders the DUP wants Northern Ireland to have a global reputation as a place welcoming to all and thriving. We want Northern Ireland to be regarded as a location where a dedicated, committed and skilled workforce can be found. We want the natural beauty and the friendly character of our people to be promoted to make Northern Ireland “the place to visit”. We want the name of Northern Ireland to be synonymous with progress.
The DUP has representation at every level: in Local Councils, Assembly and Westminster. The Party Leader is Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP.
Party Executive: Comprised of Party Officers, Parliamentary Party, Assembly Members and Constituency/University delegates.
Elected by the Party Executive. A Director of Elections and up to four co-opted Officers can also be appointed.
Chairman – Lord Morrow of Clogher Valley
Vice Chairman – Edwin Poots MLA
Secretary - Michelle McIlveen MLA
Assistant Secretary – Diane Forsythe MLA
Treasurer – Gregory Campbell MP
Constituency Associations integrate all the Branches within a Constituency.
There can be multiple branches within a constituency.
A history of the Democratic Unionist Party from its formation in 1971 until the present day.
Meeting in Grand Central Hotel where agreement was reached to form a new political party. Dr Paisley changes to be DUP MP for North Antrim at Westminster having been elected on 18th June 1970.
4 MPs join the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party at Stormont; Dr Paisley, William Beattie, Desmond Boal and Johnny McQuade. Charles McCullough joined the party in the Senate.
Eight members elected to a Northern Ireland Assembly.
Twelve members elected to a Constitutional Convention.
Three MPs elected to Westminster; Dr Paisley, Peter Robinson and Johnny McQuade.
Dr Paisley elected to the European Parliament.
The final 'Carson Trail' rally held at Stormont after a series of Provincewide demonstrations held in opposition to the ongoing Anglo-Irish governmental talks.
Twenty one members elected to a Northern Ireland Assembly.
Three MPs elected to Westminster; William McCrea won Mid Ulster and was returned with Dr Paisley and Peter Robinson.
Twenty four members elected to the Northern Ireland Forum.
Twenty members elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Dr Paisley tops the poll in fifth consecutive European Election.
William McCrea wins By Election in South Antrim.
Three new members join Dr Paisley and Peter Robinson at Westminster; Iris Robinson, Gregory Campbell and Nigel Dodds.
The DUP becomes the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly with 30 members elected.
DUP representation in the Northern Ireland Assembly increased to 33 with the defection from the UUP of Jeffrey Donaldson, Arlene Foster and Norah Beare. Jeffrey Donaldson also joins the DUP team at Westminster.
The DUP once again tops the poll in the European Election following the retirement from Europe of Dr Paisley.
Nine MPs elected to Westminster with the addition of Sammy Wilson, David Simpson and William McCrea to the existing DUP representatives. The DUP assumes the position as the largest party in Local Government with 182 Councillors.
Thirty DUP MLAs returned to the Northern Ireland Assembly in the first election following the St Andrews Agreement.
Dr Paisley becomes the First Minister of Northern Ireland.
Peter Robinson becomes Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and First Minister of Northern Ireland after Dr Paisley steps down from both positions.
Diane Dodds becomes the DUP Member of the European Parliament.
The DUP is returned once again as the largest party in Northern Ireland, increasing its representation in the Northern Ireland Assembly to 38.
Diane Dodds is returned as the leading unionist MEP and the DUP emerges as the largest party in local government once again in the first election for the new 11 District Councils with 130 seats.
Arlene Foster becomes leader of the Democratic Unionist Party following the retirement of Peter Robinson.
Arlene Foster assumes the office of First Minister.
The DUP is returned at the Assembly election once again with 38 seats.
Arlene Foster’s appointed to the Privy Council is approved by HM The Queen.
The first Assembly election to implement a reduction in size to 90 MLAs. The Party returns 28 MLA’s.
Following the 2017 General Election and the election of 10 DUP MP’s, the DUP signs a Confidence & Supply Agreement to support the Conservative Government.
The Prime Minister calls a snap General Election. The DUP wins 8 seats.
Return of Devolution after its collapse in 2017. Signing of the New Decade, New Approach Deal.
Arlene Foster steps down as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. Edwin Poots is ratified as Party Leader.
Jeffrey Donaldson is ratified by the Party Executive and becomes the fifth leader of the DUP.
East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson is elected as Deputy Leader of the Party.
13th October 2023
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