DUP officers expected to meet today to arrange timetable for election of new leader

DUP officers are expected to meet today to discuss the procedure and timetable for the election of a new party leader.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 9:38 am

Both Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots and MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson are bidding to succeed Arlene Foster.

This is the first leadership contest in the party’s 50-year history.

Arlene Foster is stepping down as party leader on May 28 and resigning as first minister of Northern Ireland at the end of June.

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Edwin Poots MLA, one of the two candidates for leader of the DUP. The other is Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The DUP’s team of officers must allow at least seven days from when they meet when deciding a date for the election.

DUP MP for Lagan Valley Sir Jeffrey Donaldson launches his campaign to become leader of the DUP at the constituency office of DUP MP Gavin Robinson in east Belfast. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire