As Chairman of the Democratic Unionist Party, I want to thank my colleagues for the manner in which this election for Leader and Deputy Leader of the party has been conducted.
Following this afternoon’s voting process, I can confirm that the results are as follows:
For the office of leader:
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP received 17 votes
Mr Edwin Poots MLA received 19 votes
Therefore, I declare that the Leader Designate of the Democratic Unionist Party is
Mr Edwin Poots.
In the vote for Deputy Leader the results were as follows:
Two invalid votes.
Ms Paula Bradley MLA received 18 votes
Mr Gregory Campbell MP received 16 votes
Therefore, I declare that the Deputy Leader Designate of the Democratic Unionist Party is Ms Paula Bradley MLA.
The names of the Leader and Deputy Leader Designate will now go forward for ratification to our Party Executive and the Party Officers will move forward to make the necessary arrangements for that meeting in the time ahead.