Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has announced he will run for the leadership of the DUP. The longstanding Lagan Valley MP said he would promote a positive strategy and values if elected, with a focus on building a shared future for everyone in Northern Ireland. The party’s current Westminster leader also pledged meaningful reform within the DUP and said he would set clear policy directions on key challenges for unionism, such as Brexit’s contentious Northern Ireland Protocol.
JEFFREY DONALDSON: First of all, I want to thank Arlene Foster for her service to our party, our people, and our country. Arlene led with great courage, conviction, and with a big heart for Northern Ireland. Today, Northern Ireland enters its second century.
I'm convinced that in this new century, Northern Ireland's best days are ahead of us. We want to build a shared future for everyone in Northern Ireland where we can all, regardless of our background, have a part to play in showing the world what we are truly capable of.