Several DUP sources now say it's Sammy Wilson or.Jeffrey Donaldson for DUP Leader.
The question of successor. Almost certainly Donaldson. And without a contest this time.
Arlene was removed for not being hardline enough and her replacement has just been removed for the same reason.
Jeffrey Donaldson is presumably off somewhere listening to audio recordings of Rev Ian Paisley and hitting a punch bag.
Remember , the lead candidate for new leader - Sir Jeffrey Donaldson - didn’t think the role of leader and First Minister should be split .
Lots to happen in between for him to be able to be both , but IF he is the man to take over , where does that leave Givan ?
A DUP source tells me: “The party needs stability and Jeffrey (Donaldson) is stability. The party needs to stop this nonsense and coalesce.”
Jeffrey Donaldson is the early front-runner to replace Edwin Poots as DUP leader, Northern Editor @vincekearney
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The leaked email sent to DUP leader Edwin Poots this morning. It was sent by some senior figures within the DUP including Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, Sammy Wilson, Gregory Campbell, Lord Dodds and Lord Morrow.
Sources say they expect @duponline
to put a process for the new leader in place next week. One source said the timetable may be “much quicker “ than the last contest. @J_Donaldson_MP
now seen as the most likely candidate.
...going. It was a catastrophic one in terms of DUP politics.
But herein lies the problem. Whoever takes over from Poots (likely Jeffrey Donaldson) will not be able to accept forming an administration on the basis Poots did.
should disband and members join either of the other 2 Unionist parties depending on their views.
Jeffrey Donaldson will make no difference. He agreed to the Irish legislation in NDNA and also to the regulatory alignment which Arlene proposed.
‘The question now is who succeeds Poots. The obvious choice is the man he beat by one vote, Jeffrey Donaldson. He would certainly command the support of those who backed Arlene Foster and is an able politician.’
✍️ James Forsyth
I wrote this article on the election of Edwin Poots as DUP leader only a month ago.
Sammy Wilson and Jeffrey Donaldson are now rumored to be contenders for the poisin chalice.
Could be wrong but I think the only reason Donaldson didn’t jump ship back to the UUP or the TUV was that it would look like running away. Today’s pantomime gives him an excuse. I think he’s gone and Sammy will likely captain the rapidly sinking ship. https://t.co/XL2Z3wGnkf
#DUPLeadershipElection As I said in the run up to the Leadership Election, Jeffrey Donaldson was the man for the job, he stood his ground while others rolled over... https://t.co/shPmgmIMWs
A man of Donaldson's stature 😂😂😂
Poots was more hardline than Foster and his successor either Wilson or Donaldson will be harder still. Sorted that for you.
Donaldson most certainly is not the solution to Unionist leadership woes.
He's had over two decades at the forefront. I've yet to hear anyone remotely enthused by anything he's been involved in. Just another careerist.
“Despite the usual lies about me, the truth is I always backed Jeffrey Sammy Donaldson Wilson to lead Unionism in the fight against the pan-nationalist-Trojan-horse-latte-drinking-pernicious-sneering-liberal-elite-IRA-nazi-EU-Remainer-Coveney-Varadkar-cabal!!!”
#TheDUP #poots https://t.co/qkDrEIFC7U
Jeffrey Donaldson agreed to Irish language legislation and regulatory alignment to create the Irish Sea border. The DUP should disband, the brand is broken. Join either TUV or UUP.
Surely #Donaldson will not want to be defeated a 2nd time or he'd have to resign