Ian Paisley

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Ian Paisley was the First Minister of Northern Ireland from May 2007 until June 2008. He was leader of the Democratic Unionist Party from Jan 1971 to May 2005.[1] He was MP for North Antrim from 1970 and a Northern Ireland Assembly Member for the constituency from 1998.[2]

In the 2015 general election, Paisley was re-elected with a majority of 11,546. [3]

1976 dirty tricks allegations

In 1976, Paisley told the House of Commons that a dirty tricks unit run by staff seconded from the Foreign Office was targetting loyalist politicians.[4]



Ian Paisley Junior MP - son of Ian Paisley.[5]



  1. Ian Paisley: Electoral history and profile, guardian.co.uk, accessed 26 July 2009.
  2. Ian Paisley, They Work For You.com, accessed 26 July 2009.
  3. Ian Paisley Jnr Express, accessed 18 May 2015
  4. ]http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1976/feb/19/northern-ireland-office#S5CV0905P0_19760219_HOC_481 Northern Ireland Office], Hansard, 19 February 1976.
  5. Sarah Priddy, PIL: Current Members Related to Other Current or Former Members - Commons Library Standard Note, 13 September 2013.
  6. Space APPG Register Feb 16, www.parliament.uk, accessed 19 February 2016