Edwin Poots

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Doug Beattie, the UUP’s fifth leader in nine years, has a daunting task ahead of him, though the UUP’s decline in recent years has at least adjusted expectations. File photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The two parties that have dominated unionism in Northern Ireland for decades have replaced their leaders in the past week. The new figureheads embody (...)

New DUP leader Edwin Poots speaking at the party’s offices in Stormont Parliament Buildings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The new DUP leader, Edwin Poots, has said he has “no intention whatsoever” of taking any action that would damage the North’s powersharing institution(...)

‘If David Frost hopes to engage the sympathy of the member state which understands Northern Ireland best, he has chosen an unorthodox way to go about it.’ File photograph: Getty

In his appearance before MPs at Westminster on Monday, Britain’s Brexit minister David Frost was warm in his praise for Maros Sevcovic, his EU opposit(...)

DUP leader designate Edwin Poots  pictured at Parliament Buildings in Belfast on Friday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

On the face of it the election of Edwin Poots as the next leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is a step backwards towards a more confrontati(...)

 Democratic Unionist Party leader Edwin Poots said the Northern Ireland protocol is not working, ‘it  cannot work and therefore we have to go back to the drawing board’. Photograph: Getty

Newly-elected Democratic Unionist Party leader Edwin Poots has accused an “aggressive” Irish government of hugely damaging cross-Border relations in i(...)

 New-elected DUP leader Edwin Poots leaving Stormont after making a statement. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

After Edwin Poots was announced as the next leader of the DUP at the party’s headquarters in east Belfast on Friday afternoon, he and the new deputy l(...)

 Edwin Poots is a strong opponent of the Northern Ireland protocol. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Edwin Poots was, quite literally, raised in the DUP. After his election as leader on Friday, he reminded reporters that his father had been one of th(...)

The North’s Minister for Agriculture, Edwin Poots (right), and his constituency colleague,  Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson. Photographs: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images and Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The battle to become the next leader of the DUP was said to be too close to call on Thursday night as the party prepared for its first leadership elec(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin greets British prime minister Boris Johnson at Hillsborough Castle, Belfast last August. Photograph: Brian Lawless/AFP via Getty Images

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is to travel to the UK and meet with the British prime minister Boris Johnson on Friday. The meeting will take place at Cheq(...)

Steve Aiken with party colleagues Robbie Butler (left) and Doug Beattie (right) at Stormont during Mr Aiken’s first media appearance after resigning as leader of the Ulster Unionist Party. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Stormont Assembly member Doug Beattie, a decorated British army veteran, has confirmed he will stand for the leadership of the Ulster Unionist Party. (...)

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