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Peter Robinson: in 50 years’ time the votes of the culturally Irish will help ensure union remains safe

Sat 27 April 2013, 5:08pm
DUP Nigel Dodds shadow

Tweet Peter Robinson light-heartedly suggested that DUP’s first ever spring policy conference today in Fermanagh “means that the G8 Summit has now been demoted to the second most important event in Fermanagh this year!” The full speech is available from the DUP website. The DUP leader reassured delegates that Nigel Dodds “will be back at […] more »

Know your members: the DUP launches a significant membership survey (proposed & run by university researchers)

Sun 25 November 2012, 5:11pm
DUP 2012 membership survey front page

Tweet Update: A few clarifications from the DUP: “the researchers approached us and it is a funded research programme to costs party nothing”. The funding is from the Leverhulme Trust. The questions were drafted by the researchers around a year ago, building on previous work with the Orange Order. - – - Membership survey forms […] more »

DUP conference: dogmas, Mexican bandits, turkeys, opposition, outreach #dup12

Sat 24 November 2012, 11:36pm
DUP Nigel Dodds shadow

Tweet The DUP is undeniably changing. Ten years ago who would have thought that purveyors of the trade organisation representing sellers of the devil’s buttermilk – Pubs of Ulster – would be sponsoring a drinks reception at the DUP conference? Who would have predicted that a Irish government minister would be welcomed to the DUP […] more »

Party conferences dates, venues and a thought for exhibitors who want to wrestle control back from the parties

Tue 11 September 2012, 7:47pm
UUP gavel

Tweet A quick post to remind political conference followers about the start of the conference season. UUP are tempting metaphors and analogies with their conference on 21 (members only) and 22 (public sessions) September in Titan Belfast. Last year Secretary of State Owen Paterson popped into the conference and said a few words on his […] more »

Sinn Fein are the tomorrow people and the yesterday people.

Sun 4 December 2011, 8:31pm

Tweet Most of the excitement regarding the DUP conference centred on Peter Robinson’s speech (or Sammy Wilson’s). In contrast Nigel Dodds’s has received less attention. The moving forward narrative was again played up with the repeated claim that the DUP are the party of Northern Ireland and the party to move Northern Ireland forward. There […] more »

Sammy Wilson’s #dupconf routine – complete with doubtful gags about SF’s Long Creche

Sat 26 November 2011, 4:26pm
sammy wilson shades

Tweet Sammy Wilson’s speech was billed as ‘finance’, but was in reality his usual mid-afternoon comic turn to pick up the spirits of the delegates who were still in the hall. You can hear the full 20 minute routine over on Audioboo (mp3 download). In one section about 5 minutes in, he was commenting on […] more »

Peter Robinson: “If we want a better society it can’t be ‘them and us’.”

Sat 26 November 2011, 1:35pm
Wordle of Peter Robinson's party conference speech

Tweet Here’s the full text of Peter Robinson below. Few impressions are it was long, but I suspect that’s because he wanted to take his time to talk to his party and his base, before making the key pitch to the rest of us, which is we back a shared future, not the equal but […] more »

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