ENG: The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) – sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party (OUP) or, in a historic sense, simply the Unionist Party – is the more moderate of the two main unionist political parties in Northern Ireland. Before the split in Unionism in the late 1960s, when the former Protestant Unionist Party began to attract more hard line support away from the UUP, it governed Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972 as the sole Unionist party. It continued to be supported by most unionist voters throughout the period known as the Troubles.
The UUP has lost support among Northern Ireland's unionist and Protestant community to the more 'hardline' Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in successive elections at all levels of government since 1999. The party is currently ...
The Ulster Unionist Party said the decision followed its former leader's elevation to the House of Lords.It said it was "consistent with his spearheading of the policy of an end to double-jobbing".Lord Empey resigned as UUP leader last year after five years in the role.The current UUP leader, Tom Elliott, paid tribute to Lord Empey and said: "Few have given so much, over such an extended period"."He gave great service to the people of Pottinger on Belfast City Council for 25 years," he said."He represented the people of East Belfast in the Stormont Assembly for 13 years and indeed I very much ...
ALLIANCE councillor Tom Campbell has written to Conservative Party leader David Cameron to complain about the conduct of UUP representatives on Newtownabbey Council.
Following on from his complaint to the Equality Commission about the carve-up of senior council positions between the DUP and UUP at this year's AGM, councillor Campbell has now raised his concerns with Mr Cameron, whose party is linked with the Ulster Unionists.
In his letter to the Tory leader, Mr Campbell accuses local UUP councillors of being party to political and religious discrimination, claiming that their actions ...
Monday, 19 January 2009
My question last week — do we really need two unionist parties now? — provoked quite a reaction. A debate was opened and that, in itself, is important. The responses from the Democratic Unionists and Ulster Unionists were clear. The DUP's dominance means it has less to lose in any merger. Upper Bann MP David Simpson said that UU leader, Sir Reg Empey “cannot afford to blithely dismiss the growing demand for closer co-operation within the unionist family”. However, Sir Reg had a very different response. He said “the vitriol created within ...
Ross Hussey MLA on the National Crime Agency Ross Hussey MLA on the National Crime Agency
Ulster Unionist Policing Board member, Ross Hussey MLA speaks during a debate on the National Crime Agency in the NI Assembly 04/02/2013.
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