Ian Paisley

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Ian Paisley was the founder and long-time leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.

Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, Baron Bannside (born 6 April 1926 in Armagh, Northern Ireland) is a politician and church minister in Northern Ireland. He founded the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in 1971 and was its leader until May 2008.

He founded the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster in 1951 and was a Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of North Antrim from 1970 to 2010. He was the First Minister of Northern Ireland from May 2007 to June 2008 at the head of an all-party government.

He calls himself the Reverend Doctor Ian Paisley, although he is not a Doctor, and he is only a Reverend of the church that he himself created.