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If, a few months ago, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson did not want to even be a member of the party he now leads, that is remarkable

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Democratic Unionist Party leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson. Pic: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Democratic Unionist Party leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson. Pic: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

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DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

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Democratic Unionist Party leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson. Pic: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

It is unusual, to put it mildly, for a political party’s leader to have attempted to leave and join its main rival a few months ago.

Imagine the claim that Boris Johnson had secretly met Sir Keir Starmer last summer to move across to Labour – or that Leo Varadkar had met Mary Lou McDonald with a view to joining Sinn Fein. Yet this is the allegation being made with increasing force about DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.


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