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More than 80 backbenchers had demanded a tougher line on deporting foreign criminals from Britain

Ian Paisley to step down

Former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley will not seek re-election in the forthcoming general election, it was revealed today.

DUP welcomed sex abuser Brian Hutchinson back to party

A self-confessed sex abuser has been secretly allowed back into Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) — in the latest scandal to rock the party.

Police probe financial affairs of Mrs Robinson

The Iris Robinson affair took on a new dimension in Belfast last night when it was announced that Northern Ireland police are launching an inquiry into her tangled financial dealings.

Robinson affair may hasten policing deal

Chastened DUP ready to talk over ceding control of justice to Belfast

Belfast deal in the balance

The Northern Ireland Secretary, Shaun Woodward, and the Irish Foreign Minister, Michael Martin, were due to meet last night to try to end the political deadlock in Belfast in the aftermath of the Iris Robinson scandal. So far no agreement on the devolution of policing and justice has been made.

David McKittrick: Grassroots will decide if leader survives

The Democratic Unionist Party anxiously played for time yesterday in an effort to take some of the heat and fevered excitement out of the scandal which has engulfed its leader Peter Robinson and his family.

Leading article: One man in the thick of it

The Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward is right to point out that the peace process is bigger than any one man. It has had many pivotal figures, who at different times were probably indispensable, including John Hume, Gerry Adams, Tony Blair, Bertie Ahern and the Rev Ian Paisley. But most of these once-crucial figures have now departed the political scene, leaving one particular figure in the thick of it.

Support drains from Robinson

Deafening silence among fellow DUP members angered by revelations about leader's wife

Iris Robinson expelled, but her husband hangs on

Iris Robinson, MP for Strangford and a member of the Stormont assembly, was yesterday expelled from the Democratic Unionist Party after an astonishing sex scandal which has gripped Ulster.

Sex, money, and bigotry: meet the Robinsons

Northern Ireland’s formidable First Minister has suddenly been made to look vulnerable by a series of revelations about his private life. By David McKittrick

Affair led first minister's wife to attempt suicide

The guilt-ridden wife of Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson tried to kill herself after making a midnight confession to her husband that she had an affair, it was disclosed tonight.

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DUP’s secret plot to oust Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley’s abrupt resignation as First Minister came amid secret DUP plotting to ease him out of office, a controversial new book claimed today.

Hillary Clinton to urge devolution deal

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is to address the Northern Ireland Assembly today, amid signs its main parties are edging towards a deal to complete the process of devolution from London to Belfast.

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness: I still keep in touch with Ian Paisley

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister has revealed he still speaks to Ian Paisley — more than a year after the former DUP leader left office.

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