Jeffrey Donaldson

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Jeffrey Donaldson

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Official portrait, 2017
Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party
Assumed office
30 June 2021
DeputyPaula Bradley
Preceded byEdwin Poots
Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in the House of Commons
Assumed office
17 December 2019
LeaderArlene Foster
Edwin Poots
Himself
Preceded byNigel Dodds
Democratic Unionist Party Chief Whip in the House of Commons
In office
8 May 2015 – 17 December 2019
LeaderNigel Dodds
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded bySammy Wilson
Junior Minister at the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister
In office
26 February 2008 – 1 July 2009
Serving with Gerry Kelly
Preceded byIan Paisley Jr
Succeeded byRobin Newton
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Lagan Valley
In office
26 November 2003 – 14 June 2010
Preceded byPatrick Roche
Succeeded byPaul Givan
Member of Parliament
for Lagan Valley
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded bySir James Molyneaux
Majority6,499 (14.3%)
Personal details
Born (1962-12-07) 7 December 1962 (age 59)
Kilkeel, Northern Ireland
NationalityBritish[1][2]
Political partyDemocratic Unionist Party
(since 2004)
Other political
affiliations
Ulster Unionist Party
(until 2003)
Spouse(s)
Eleanor Cousins (m. 1987)
Children2
Alma materCastlereagh College
Websitejeffreydonaldson.org
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch/service British Army
RankCorporal
UnitUlster Defence Regiment

Sir Jeffrey Mark Donaldson (born 7 December 1962) is a Northern Irish[1] politician. He has the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) since June 2021. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lagan Valley since 1997. He is the leader of the DUP in the UK House of Commons since 2019. He is Northern Ireland's longest-serving current MP.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Jeffrey Donaldson: Talk of a united Ireland is 'premature' when the North is not united". 25 September 2021. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  2. @J_Donaldson_MP (23 March 2013). "... I am British. I was born British. My British citizenship is my birthright" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 18 December 2019 – via Twitter.