/DUP: Edward Poots new leader – resigned
DUP: Edward Poots new leader

DUP: Edward Poots new leader – resigned

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DUP: Edward Poots new leader – 21 days later resigned!

He stood down on Thursday night after an internal party revolt over his decision to agree a deal with Sinn Féin and nominate Paul Givan as first minister.


Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots elected leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.  He succeeds Arlene Foster, who steps down as party leader on 28 May and will then leave her role as NI first minister at the end of June.

Mr Poots beat MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson to take the top post in the party.  It is the first time in the party’s 50-year history that a leadership contest has taken place.

Mr Poots received 19 votes and Sir Jeffrey 17 votes.


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