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It was a pleasure and a privilege to sit down in person with Ian Paisley Jr who has been an MP for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland since 2010.
Ian followed his father into politics and had big shoes to fill as his father was the most well-known figure in Northern Ireland for 40 years.
The DUP are quite unique in Westminster as they are a pro union party from the only nation of the UK that is separate from the rest and are unique in being the only party with a strong Conservative Christian ethos.
During this chat Ian shares stories of his maiden speech in the House of Commons in 2010, on life growing up in the media spotlight with the surname ‘Paisley’ and also what the impact of Brexit is on Northern Ireland.
Ian Paisley has represented North Antrim since 1996 when he was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum for Political Dialogue. In 1998 he was then elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for North Antrim. As a member of the Assembly Ian served as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee and also as a Junior Minister in the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister from 2007 until 2008. He was also a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board from 2001 until 2007. After Dr Paisley stepped down as the Member of Parliament for North Antrim Ian contested the General Election of 2010 and comfortably retained the seat for the Democratic Unionist Party. He was again re-elected at the General Election in 2015, 2017 and 2019. Ian is currently the DUP spokesperson for Communities, Local Government and Culture, Media and Sports. He is also a member on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee.
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Interview recorded 15.3.22
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