About Us

Mission & Values

Our Vision

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.

DUP Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson with Deputy Leader Paula Bradley

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.

Who We Are

The DUP has representation at every level: in Local Councils, Assembly and Westminster. The Party Leader is Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP.

Party Executive

Party Executive: Comprised of Party Officers, Parliamentary Party, Assembly Members and Constituency/University delegates.

Deputy Leader

Paula Bradley MLA

Party Officers

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 – Peter Weir MLA

Treasurer – Gregory Campbell MP

Chief Executive

Timothy Johnston

Party Staff

Constituency Associations

Constituency Associations integrate all the Branches within a Constituency.

Branches

There can be multiple branches within a constituency.

  • Party Executive

    Party Executive: Comprised of Party Officers, Parliamentary Party, Assembly Members and Constituency/University delegates.

  • Chief Executive

    Timothy Johnston

    Party Staff

  • Constituency Associations

    Constituency Associations integrate all the Branches within a Constituency.

    Branches

    There can be multiple branches within a constituency.

Timeline

A history of the Democratic Unionist Party from its formation in 1971 until the present day.

1971

4th September

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.

1971

5th October

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.

1973

28th June

Eight members elected to a Northern Ireland Assembly.

1975

1st May

Twelve members elected to a Constitutional Convention.

1979

3rd May

Three MPs elected to Westminster; Dr Paisley, Peter Robinson and Johnny McQuade.

1979

7th June

Dr Paisley elected to the European Parliament.

1981

28th March

The final 'Carson Trail' rally held at Stormont after a series of Provincewide demonstrations held in opposition to the ongoing Anglo-Irish governmental talks.

1982

20th October

Twenty one members elected to a Northern Ireland Assembly.

1983

9th June

Three MPs elected to Westminster; William McCrea won Mid Ulster and was returned with Dr Paisley and Peter Robinson.

1996

30th May

Twenty four members elected to the Northern Ireland Forum.

1998

25th June

Twenty members elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

1999

10th June

Dr Paisley tops the poll in fifth consecutive European Election.

2000

21st September

William McCrea wins By Election in South Antrim.

2001

7th June

Three new members join Dr Paisley and Peter Robinson at Westminster; Iris Robinson, Gregory Campbell and Nigel Dodds.

2003

28th November

The DUP becomes the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly with 30 members elected.

2004

5th January

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.

2004

10th June

The DUP once again tops the poll in the European Election following the retirement from Europe of Dr Paisley.

2005

5th May

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.

2007

7th March

Thirty DUP MLAs returned to the Northern Ireland Assembly in the first election following the St Andrews Agreement.

2007

8th May

Dr Paisley becomes the First Minister of Northern Ireland.

2008

5th June

Peter Robinson becomes Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and First Minister of Northern Ireland after Dr Paisley steps down from both positions.

2009

4th June

Diane Dodds becomes the DUP Member of the European Parliament.

2011

5th May

The DUP is returned once again as the largest party in Northern Ireland, increasing its representation in the Northern Ireland Assembly to 38.

2014

22nd May

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.

2015

17th December

Arlene Foster becomes leader of the Democratic Unionist Party following the retirement of Peter Robinson.

2016

11th January

Arlene Foster assumes the office of First Minister.

2016

5th May

The DUP is returned at the Assembly election once again with 38 seats.

2016

13th July

Arlene Foster’s appointed to the Privy Council is approved by HM The Queen.

2017

2nd March

The first Assembly election to implement a reduction in size to 90 MLAs. The Party returns 28 MLA’s.

2017

26th June

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.

2019

12th December

The Prime Minister calls a snap General Election. The DUP wins 8 seats.

2020

11th January

Return of Devolution after its collapse in 2017. Signing of the New Decade, New Approach Deal.

2021

28th May

Arlene Foster steps down as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. Edwin Poots is ratified as Party Leader.

2021

30th June

Jeffrey Donaldson is ratified by the Party Executive and becomes the fifth leader of the DUP.

Schedule

More Party events coming soon.

50th Anniversary Dinner

30th September 2021

Current Vacancies

Opportunities for employment within the Democratic Unionist Party will be listed here.

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