The Info List - Protestant Unionist Party

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The Protestant
Unionist Party (PUP)[1] was a unionist political party operating in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
from 1966 to 1971. It was the forerunner of the Democratic Unionist Party
Democratic Unionist Party
(DUP) and emerged from the Ulster Protestant
Action (UPA) movement. It was founded an led by Ian Paisley, who also founded and led the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. The UPA had two councillors elected to Belfast Corporation. In 1967, both were re-elected as PUP candidates. The PUP stood six candidates against the ruling Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party
of the Northern Ireland parliament in the January 1969 general election. They polled over 20,000 votes, but gained no seats. When Terence O'Neill
Terence O'Neill
(the then Northern Irish Prime Minister) stood down from Stormont in 1970 along with one of his colleagues, the PUP nominated candidates for the two vacant seats. Both were successful. Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley
and fellow Free Presbyterian minister, the Rev. William Beattie, PUP leader and deputy respectively, were elected. In that year's Westminster general election, Paisley was elected to represent Antrim North in the British House of Commons. The PUP campaigned for the retention of the Union, preferential treatment for Protestants in employment, and for total freedom for Orange parades.[citation needed] The PUP was wound up in 1971 and re-emerged as the DUP in October of that year.[citation needed] References[edit]

^ Not to be confused with the Progressive Unionist Party.

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Democratic Unionist Party



Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley
(1971–2008) Peter Robinson (2008–2015) Arlene Foster
Arlene Foster

Deputy leaders

William Beattie (1971–80) Peter Robinson (1980–2008) Nigel Dodds
Nigel Dodds


Desmond Boal
Desmond Boal
(1971–73) William Beattie (1973–80) James McClure (1980–2000) Maurice Morrow (2000–)

Party Secretary

Peter Robinson (1975–79) William Beattie (1980–83) Alan Kane (1983–92) Nigel Dodds
Nigel Dodds
(1993-2008) Michelle McIlveen (2008–)


European Parliament

Diane Dodds

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland

Maurice Bradley Paula Bradley Keith Buchanan Thomas Buchanan Jonathan Buckley Joanne Bunting Pam Cameron Trevor Clarke Gordon Dunne Alex Easton Arlene Foster Paul Frew Paul Givan Simon Hamilton David Hilditch William Humphrey William Irwin Carla Lockhart Gordon Lyons Michelle McIlveen Gary Middleton Robin Newton Edwin Poots George Robinson Christopher Stalford Mervyn Storey Peter Weir Jim Wells

Westminister MPs

Gregory Campbell Nigel Dodds Jeffrey Donaldson Paul Girvan Emma Little-Pengelly Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley
Jr. Gavin Robinson Jim Shannon David Simpson Sammy Wilson

House of Lords

The Baroness Paisley of St George's The Lord Browne of Belmont The Lord Morrow

Related topics

Election results Conservative–DUP agreement Ulster Protestant
Action Protestant
Unionist Party Traditional Unionist Voice

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Defunct political parties of Northern Ireland

Unionist / Loyalist

Commonwealth Labour Party Independent Unionist Association Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Unionist Party Protestant
Unionist Party UK Unionist Party Ulster Constitution Party Ulster Democratic Party Ulster Popular Unionist Party Ulster Progressive Unionist Association Ulster Unionist Coalition Party Ulster Unionist Labour Association Unionist Party of Northern Ireland United Ulster Unionist Council United Ulster Unionist Party United Unionist Coalition Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party Volunteer Political Party

Nationalist / Republican

All Ireland Anti-Partition League Federation of Labour Fianna Uladh Irish Anti-Partition League Irish Independence Party Irish Union Association National Democratic Party Nationalist Party National League of the North National Unity Northern Council for Unity Official Sinn Féin People's Democracy Red
Republican Party Republican Socialist Collective Saor Éire Socialist Republican Party Unity


Belfast Labour Party Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) Communist Party of Northern Ireland Democratic Left Independent Labour Group Independent Socialist Party Labour coalition Labour Party of Northern Ireland Labour and Trade Union Group League for a Workers' Republic Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Labour Party Republican Labour Party Socialist Labour Alliance Socialist Party of Northern Ireland United Labour Party Workers League World Socialist Party

Ulster nationalist

British Ulster Dominion Party Ulster Independence Movement Ulster Independence Party Ulster Movement for Self-Determination Ulster Third Way


Democratic Partnership Newtownabbey Ratepayers' Association Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Women's Coalition Ulster Liberal Party Unbought Tenants' Association

1 Excluding those left-wing parties avowedly nationalist / republican or un