Strangely enough, the DUP are now looking to form a government with Theresa May’s Conservatives. Thrust into the limelight, the party’s policies are now subject to increased scrutiny from the British press.
But what of the ten newly elected MPs themselves? From funneling dark money to bringing up yoghurt in the Assembly, here’s your handy guide to some of the stuff they’ve been up to.
Sammy Wilson – East Antrim
- That time he told a member of the public that they were “absolutely right” to want to “get the ethnics out”.
- That time he called climate change a con while still Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister.
- That time he accidentally violated free speech AND denied climate change when he censored advertising calling for cuts in CO2 emissions because they were “insidious New Labour propaganda”.
- That time he got into a fight with the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities when he implied that allegations of racism were exaggerated to hustle the state for compension handouts.
Ian Paisley Jr – North Antrim
- That time he said he was “pretty repulsed by gay and lesbianism” and that he hated “what they do”.
- That time he equated Andrew Marr having an affair to Jimmy Savile.
- That time he called gay marriage and civil partnerships “immoral, offensive and obnoxious.”
David Simpson – Upper Bann
- That time he wanted creationism included in NI Ireland science curriculum.
- That time he told the House of Commons that “In the garden of Eden it was Adam and Eve, it wasn’t Adam and Steve.”
- That time his election leaflets said he had visited British troops in Afghanistan, when he hadn’t.
Jim Shannon – Strangford
- That time in 2014-15 he was responsible for over 26.1% of all staff constituency mileage claimed by the entire House of Commons.
- That time he then had to pay back “£14,000 in expenses after one of his staff claimed nearly enough mileage to circle the Earth”.
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson – Lagan Valley
- That time he worked as Enoch Powell’s campaign manager in the 1980s.
- That time he said “We don’t need to know who made the donations” when asked about the Dark Money surrounding Brexit.
- That time he claimed £555.54 for pay-to-view films in hotels.
Gregory Campbell – East Londonderry
- That time he was barred from speaking in Stormont for a day after “parodying” an Irish phrase by saying “Curry my yoghurt can coca coalyer“.
- That time he then turned up with a tub of yoghurt at his party’s conference.
Nigel Dodds – North Belfast
- That time he was expelled from the House of Commons chamber in 2013 for using unparliamentary language calling Conservative MP Theresa Villiers ‘deceitful’.
Paul Girvan – South Antrim
- That time he said scrap metal dealers should be armed so they could protect themselves from “gypsies”.
- That time he said he’d have “no problem” with and would make “no apologies” for people burning Irish Tricolours on bonfires.
Emma Little-Pengelly – South Belfast
- That time she had to deny any conflict of interest when placed on the finance committee during the Nama scandal, as her husband was a senior civil servant at the Department of Finance during discussions over Nama’s northern properties.
- That time she received a “golden handshake” severance package from her previous job as a special advisor, despite being co-opted into the Assembly without being elected.
- That time last week when she was endorsed by paramilitaries.
Gavin Robinson – East Belfast
- That time former First Minister Peter Robinson had to step aside while his wife and fellow MP was investigated for £50,000 loan she helped her 19 year old lover obtain.
- That time Jim Wells, the NI health minister, resigned after a video showed him linking gay marriage to child abuse.
- That time Nelson McCausland called on the Ulster Museum to promote creationism.
- That time Peter Robinson was found to be a ‘beneficiary of £1bn deal’ during the Nama inquiry.
- That time Ian Paisley Sr. called line dancing “an incitement to lust”.
- That time the DUP accepted an anonymous donation and used it to pay for pro-Brext newspaper adverts in England.
- That time the DUP spearheaded a “conscience clause” that would allow businesses to refuse service to LGBT customers.
- That time Peter Robinson led an “invasion” into the Republic of Ireland.
- That time the current First Minister, Arlene Foster presided over the half a billion pound Renewable Heat Incentive scandal, where people were essentially paid to burn wood pellets in empty sheds.
- That time Sammy Wilson chaired the meeting that set up the Ulster Resistance, a DUP linked loyalist gun-running organisation. that had support from Ian Paisley Sr and Peter Robinson.
- That time DUP pressure ended up in the cancellation of a play spoofing the Bible. In 2014.
- Those times when the DUP used the Petition of Concern mechanism to block marriage equality.
- That time the DUP launched the “Save Ulster From Sodomy” campaign.
- That time Arlene Foster met UDA boss days after loyalist murder in Bangor.
- That time Arlene Foster made it her priority to remind everyone she wasn’t going to introduce abortion reform on her watch.
- That time Peter Robinson said, ‘I wouldn’t trust Muslims devoted to Sharia Law, but I would trust them to go down to the shops for me.’
Nathan Stewart is from Belfast and Kieran Pradeep is from Derry. They are both currently based in Paris where they stay up late talking about memes together.
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