Arlene Foster formally elected first female leader of DUP
Published 18/12/2015 | 02:30
Arlene Foster has been formally elected as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.
The Stormont Finance Minister was the sole nominee to replace Peter Robinson as head of the largest unionist grouping in the North.
The 45-year-old mother-of-three is the DUP's first female leader and she will become the first woman to lead Northern Ireland when she becomes First Minister next month.
In a speech to the DUP party faithful at the Park Avenue Hotel in east Belfast last night, she said: "The style of leadership may change but the fundamental values of this party will not.
"I want to take our cause and our case to every part of the province. I want to make the case for the union to every class and creed."
Her appointment followed a vote by DUP Assembly members and MPs which was ratified by the party executive.
Two other contenders, deputy leader Nigel Dodds and Sammy Wilson, ruled themselves out of the race for the leadership.