17 December 2019
DUP Leader Arlene Foster has announced that Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has been elected as leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party and Sammy Wilson MP has been elected Chief Whip.
Following a meeting of the DUP Parliamentary Party in Westminster, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said
“The DUP Parliamentary Party has been very ably led by Nigel Dodds over recent years. As someone who commanded respect right across the House of Commons he will be missed not just by DUP MPs but across all parties.
I am delighted to have been elected by my colleagues as leader of our Parliamentary team. The initial focus of this Parliament will undoubtedly be Brexit and the Prime Minister’s withdrawal deal. We will continue to seek change to that deal and work with the Government to deliver on their promise that Northern Ireland’s economic and constitutional integrity will be protected as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.”
Arlene Foster added,
“I congratulate both Sir Jeffrey and Sammy on being elected to their respective positions.
Northern Ireland needs a strong team of MPs at Westminster, but to deliver fully for all our citizens I want to see a functioning Assembly and Executive working alongside our representatives in Parliament. The DUP will continue to focus on the issues which matter to all our citizens both in Westminster and at the Assembly. We want to get Northern Ireland moving again with decisions taken on our schools and hospitals.”