Ulster Unionists

'Bomb Attack' Thwarted On Northern Ireland Border

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

A major bomb attack close to the border of Northern Ireland is believed to have been thwarted, with at least two mortars apparently detected by the Ar...

Labour Suspends Lords After Lobbying Sting

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK

Two peers have been suspended from the Labour Party over claims they offered to carry out parliamentary work in return for cash. Ex-cabinet ministe...

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.

Violence Flares Again In Belfast

PA | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK

Fresh trouble flared in east Belfast just hours after senior police and politicians on all sides called for peace on the streets. Officers were att...

Loyalists Demonstrate Over Union Flag-Flying

PA | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK

Around a thousand loyalist protesters picketed Belfast City Hall on Monday evening over the Union flag row as violent disturbances again broke out els...

Loyalists Petrol Bomb Police Car in Belfast

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK

Loyalists tried to kill a police officer when they set fire to his patrol car in Belfast on Monday. A gang of 15 men tossed a petrol bomb into the ...

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.

Reflections on Edward Carson and the 100th Anniversary of the Ulster Covenant

Brian John Spencer | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

This weekend Northern Ireland's unionists are celebrating the life of Sir Edward Carson and the centenary of the signing of the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant.

Why the UK Owes US Senator George Mitchell a Debt of Gratitude

Brian John Spencer | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Look back only 15 to 20 years and you would see a British Isles stalked by social unrest and political uncertainty. Northern Ireland was at the heart of the disquiet.

Theresa Villiers Needs to Do a Mo Mowlam

Brian John Spencer | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Northern Ireland is in making the headlines again. So you know what that means: bad news.

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.

Sectarian Marches or Musicians Under Siege?

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK
Scott De Buitléir

Jason Burke is the captain of his music band which practices on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast. He's been involved with the band for almost seven years, and is something he is both passionate and proud about. This isn't the type of music band, however, that plays the odd rock song in his parent's garage. He is in charge of a flute band, which regularly partakes in Orange Order marches in Northern Ireland.

'Does Bestiality Have To Be Accommodated Too?'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK

A Northern Irish politician has resigned after comparing homosexuality to bestiality and calling gay marriage "unnatural and deviant behaviour". Fo...

Northern Ireland's Legal Predicament on Marriage Equality

Gary Spedding | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK Politics
Gary Spedding

It is now up to the people of Northern Ireland to ask our assembly members to take bold steps for equality. Perhaps one day, in the near future, we will defeat prejudice and intolerance against the LGBT community for good and Homophobia won't ever be an acceptable replacement for sectarian hatred.

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.

Gay Marriage Branded 'Deviant' By Ulster Unionist Peer

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

An Ulster Unionist peer's claim that gay marriage is deviant has been branded reprehensible. A gay and bisexual charity said the comments by Lord K...

Dissident Republicans Blamed For Newry Bomb

PA | Posted 06.04.2012 | UK

A small bomb has been defused by army explosives experts outside Newry, Co Down. Police confirmed that a device discovered close to a roundabout on...

Ulster Unionist Tom Elliott Quits As Party Leader

PA | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK Politics

Tom Elliott is to quit as Ulster Unionist leader after accusing party critics of not giving him a chance. He dramatically announced tonight that he...

Belfast Mayor Mayor Under Attack For 'Gross Offence'

Belfast Telegraph | Posted 01.12.2011 | UK Politics

Unionists politicians have called on the Lord Mayor of Belfast to publicly apologise after snubbing an Army cadet at an awards event - or resign. S...