Democratic Unionist Party

Progressive Unionism and LGBT Rights: A Response to Peter Tatchell

Sophie Long | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Politics
Sophie Long

The DUP, whilst the largest, Unionist Party, do not speak for all of Unionism. Nor do they represent the Protestant population of Northern Ireland. There is a growing appetite in this region for full equality, and the struggle must include those Unionist who are already fully paid-up members of the progressive agenda.

Time to End the Gay Bans in Northern Ireland

Peter Tatchell | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

Northern Ireland is the most homophobic region of the UK and one of the most homophobic regions of the EU. This intolerance is stirred primarily by the dominant Democratic Unionist Party, the main political wing of Loyalist protestantism. Its policies on gay issues echo the homophobia of the BNP and European fascist groups. Many Northern Irish people are not homophobic. Even within the DUP, there are members who would not discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. But senior party figures hold sway and they dictate an anti-gay agenda.

Analysis: General Election Results in Wales and Northern Ireland are a Boon for the Tories

John Perrygrove | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
John Perrygrove

In the weeks before the general election I echoed a number of other commentators (and some of the more realistic senior Labour figures) who predicted ...

Is It Still the 'Shy' Tories That Will Change the Polls?

Iain Anderson | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Politics
Iain Anderson

For Labour the hurdle rate might just be 275 with an SNP deal by deal, vote by vote approach. Can Cameron get his polling back to 290? He has been there before in this campaign. Watch that Ukip vote for the coming week and watch out for 'shy' Tories perhaps set to confound the pollsters.

Socially Conservative DUP Blocks Gay Marriage In Northern Ireland

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Politics

A move to legalise gay marriage in Northern Ireland was rejected on Monday, marking the fourth time the divisive issue has been defeated at the Stormo...

Dave Has Even More Conditions Before He'll Do The TV Debates Again

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has indicated that he will only agree to the televised leader debates if they take place earlier than suggested and also include parties...

The Crooked Mouth: Gregory Campbell and the DUP's Outdated War on Irish

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Scott De Buitléir

Sinn Féin's Danny Morrison once said: "every word spoken in Irish is another bullet in the freedom struggle'' in Northern Ireland. I'd strongly disagree with such a statement, but instead, I'd like to make a new version: Every time the DUP say "Never", as Campbell said about an Irish Language Act, the party's chances of bearing a future generation weaken.

Jack Sommers

Northern Ireland's New Health Minister Thinks Rape Victims Shouldn't Be Allowed Abortions | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK

The part of the UK with the strictest abortion laws has a new health minister who has made "absolutely horrifying" comments that rape victims should b...

Why Is Free Speech Not Good Enough for Northern Ireland?

Mike Harris | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mike Harris

Very few know why the Defamation Bill does not apply to Northern Ireland, an outrageous decision that has created a gaping loophole in the government's attempts to reform the UK's libel laws.

The Northern Ireland of Old Hasn't Gone Away, You Know

Brian John Spencer | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Ever since the Good Friday peace agreement of 1998, parties on both side of the divide have, albeit slowly, attempted to move things forward. And forward things have moved, as I explained at the start. However, a critical demographic have been left behind: the working class and the radicals within.

Same-Sex Marriage: How Devolved Governments Can Still Freely Discriminate

Gary Spedding | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Spedding

The misuse of democratic power in order to prevent changes in legislation that would prevent existential discrimination against minorities such as LGBT is a frightening reality.

Man Charged Over Death Threats Against NI First Minister

PA | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK

A 34-year-old man has been charged with threatening to kill Stormont's first minister Peter Robinson. The man is also charged with improper use of ...

Marriage Can Change to Accommodate Society

Gary Spedding | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Politics
Gary Spedding

Northern Irish politician Basil McCrea is the only member of the Unionist community to speak in favour of a motion that called for full marriage equality in Northern Ireland. His bravery should be applauded.

Malignment of International Students at Westminster Must End

Gary Spedding | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Gary Spedding

We simply must challenge and put an end to the deliberate malignment of International students at Westminster, they are not the fall guys for Cameron's promised reduction in immigration. Its time our MPs stood up for our students!

Northern Ireland Green's Lead Push for Marriage Equality

Gary Spedding | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK Politics
Gary Spedding

With this motion, a clear call is made on the Minister of Finance and Personnel to introduce legislation to guarantee that couples of any sex or gender identity receive equal benefit from marriage.

Goodbye Owen Paterson, Hello Theresa Villiers

Brian John Spencer | Posted 04.11.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

In a cabinet reshuffle billed as the answer to Britain's economic ills, Prime Minister David Cameron went with the economic status quo: holding tight to the fiscally prudent and the ever-derided George Osborne.

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party Attend LGBT Event for First Time

Adam McGibbon | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK Politics
Adam McGibbon

In a move perhaps more unexpected than Marty McGuinness shaking the hand of Queen Lizzie, the Democratic Unionist Party, Northern Ireland's biggest party, sent a representative to an LGBT event for the first time last Tuesday night.

Northern Ireland First Minister Threatens To Resign

PA | Posted 17.11.2011 | UK Politics

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has threatened to resign if Justice Minister David Ford allows prison reform that could remove royal in...