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How the DUP has fought to leave its roots behind

Just because the party has laboured hard to modernise does not mean Theresa May will find them a pushover

By Andy Pollak   July 2017

DUP leader Arlene Foster and DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds arriving at 10 Downing Street. Photo: PA

The Democratic Unionist Party, uniquely in the United Kingdom, is a political party founded on the basis of fear of an outside enemy and fanatical adherence to the Protestant religion. Its formation was announced in September 1971, on the night of one of the first major Provisional IRA bombings in Belfast, by Rev. Ian Paisley, then known largely as a rabble-rousing ultra-Protestant preacher and scourge of any unionist government that contemplated even the…

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