bbc.com 03 May, 2021 06:45 am

DUP leadership: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson due to declare bid

DUP leadership: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson due to declare bid
Edwin Poots has also thrown his hat into the ring, meaning there could be a contest for the first time in 50 years.

DUP leadership: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson due to declare bid Published About sharing PACEMAKER p image captionSir Jeffrey Donaldson is expected to enter the race on the date of Northern Ireland's centenary Sir Jeffrey Donaldson is expected to announce his bid to become the next leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on Monday.However, Sir Jeffrey has also received significant endorsements, according to his team.Sources close to Sir Jeffrey Donaldson told Sunday Politics he will enter the race to to be the next DUP leader on Monday, Northern Ireland's centenary.It is understood that Sir Jeffrey will have the support of East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson who will not run for leader.

Sources close to Sir Jeffrey described support he has received from within the party so far as "more than encouraging".Sir Jeffrey Donaldson Arlene Foster DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) DUP facing divisive leadership battle Published Foster to quit DUP after leaving leadership roles Published Majority of DUP MPs and MLAs back Poots, says Frew Published

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