26/11/2011 Democratic Unionist Party Conference


26/11/2011

Highlights and analysis of the DUP annual conference at Gransha outside Belfast.


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Hello and welcome it to be programme. Several hundred

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delegates have gathered here at the La Mon Hotel in the County Down

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countryside for two days and speeches and debates and to catch

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up with old friends and familiar faces. They are getting ready for

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the highlight of the conference, the leader's speech, where Peter

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Robinson will outline his vision for the next year. We will bring

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that to you live. Already, Arlene Foster has had a warm reception

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despite recent controversy over gas exploration in Fermanagh and

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allegations of a conflict of interest, which she has strongly

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denied. Later, the party's court jester, Sammy Wilson, will be

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entertaining members with his unique style of or Tory. With me is

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Mark Davenport. What do you make of it so for? -- so far? This is a

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pretty confident performance. They top the poll in elections, they can

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afford to feed confident, given it is a while until they will be face

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another electoral test. They have a battery of ministers who have

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presented various initiatives. Not just Arlene Foster but we have also

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had nothing McCausland and Edwin Poots. They see themselves as the

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decision-makers at Stormont. can hear the cheers as Peter

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Robinson comes into the hall to deliver his speech. A different

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atmosphere for him this year compared to last? Last year, there

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were memories of the controversy that had beset him controversy --

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personally and also the electoral test. He'd pass that test and he

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did not have any setbacks at Stormont. We will hear an attempt

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to be more of a statesman. He has left having a go at the party's

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critics to the other speakers, such as Nigel Dodds. This will be a

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speech about bringing people together. We will hear a lot of

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talk about the shared society. Interesting times and a lively

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speech from Nigel Dodds? He did not take any prisoners. He had lots of

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jokes. He was getting into Sammy Wilson's territory as the court

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jester but I do not expect a similar performance from Peter

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Robinson. Let's see what he has to say.

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What a crowd! Thank you for your support. Thank you for your

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dedication and enthusiasm. Thank you for Europe extraordinary

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loyalty, your commitment and the unity we enjoy within his party.

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Thank you for making our incredible success possible. Together, this

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past decade, we have achieved something special. As a result of

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the work like you have done, Northern Ireland is a better place.

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-- that you have done. I want to fight not just our friend here

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today, but every one at home who entrusted us with their vote. It is

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ultimately not politicians, but the people, who decide what sort of a

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country we have. Our power is derived from the support and

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consent to of the Ulster people. For the trust reposed in us, we

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will return to the courage and devotion that befits the task that

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we have been set. This party has come a very long way in a short

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time. Today, thanks to a hard work and dedication, we are the largest

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party in Northern Ireland. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. Because of

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you, Northern Ireland continues to have eight Unionist First Minister.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. Winning elections is not just about

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getting more seats than our opponents. It is about getting a

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mandate to shape the future. In a decade's time, Northern Ireland

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will mark the centenary of its existence. Today, I want to set out

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a pathway to our next 100 years. A vision of a shared society that

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will secure the future with in the United Kingdom for generations to

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come. I want to set out how we ensure that this party will set

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that future. 12 months ago, there were very few who would have

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believed that today we would be celebrating not just a victory, but

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an increase in our representation at Stormont. Here we are, stronger

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and in greater numbers than ever before. Who would have believed

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that we could top our performance of 2007? Not after the fall-out

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from entering government, which included Sinn Fein, not after the

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impact that that had on both Dromore and European elections. Not

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after the setting up of another Unionist Party to oppose us. And

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not after the trials and tribulations that we faced. Losing

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40% of our vote was painful. There was an anxious uncertainty amongst

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our friends, alongside the torrent of abuse from our opponents. The

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press and media encircled are camp, predicting her downfall and when

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other Unionist parties before Russ were under a similar fire, before

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amongst themselves, became director Liz, did not have the ability or

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have they lost the will to explain their decisions. -- became without

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direction. And then, they plummeted in the polls. The dark days that we

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encountered were worth all that they cost us. They taught us that

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we needed to reconnect with our support base. They taught us to

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stand our ground, explainer decisions, face sterner critics --

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explain our ground and face are critics and it tested the

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motivation of those around us. We held together, we stayed united, we

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came through the fire as one. From the shadows of our troubles came

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hope and from that hope, it's drying triumph. -- spraint trialed.

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We sought a mandate to work with other people -- parties for the

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benefit of the people, and we got it. This is a new era in Northern

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Ireland politics. We will never forget the conflict or turmoil that

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we have come through. We will never forget the lives that have been

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lost and destroyed. We salute those who paid the supreme sacrifice in

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defence of our province's freedom and liberty. There's not a day

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back-passes that we are not mind full -- there's not a day that

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passes that we are not mindful of those left behind. They bear their

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loss and suffering with great dignity. No matter what selective

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inquiries and sexual campaigns there maybe -- sector and will

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campaigns there may be, we are resolved never to let republicans

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As a society and as a community, we are ready to move forward. The

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clearest sign of this new era was the side of the police and the GAA

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standing side by side at the funeral of a young Catholic police

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officer, murdered by dissident republicans. That was a glimpse

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into the future. It was symbolic of change and symbols are important.

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The murder of Ronan Kerr, a constable in the PSNI, showed that

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the threat from terrorism still exists but more importantly, their

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reaction to his death demonstrated that such threats will never, never

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wane. -- and win. Ulster will not be defeated.

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The end of the conflict has meant that elections are more, not less,

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important in shaping the kind of society we want to live in. We can

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take nothing for granted. We know it will be the ballot box alone

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that will determine our future. It is not long ago that people

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wondered if Sinn Fein might become the largest party and return a

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Republican First Minister. Not only did they hold them off, but we

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actually extended our lead. It was a spectacular election result, it

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right across the province. Today, as a result of the voter

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endorsement, it is the DUP leading in shaping the political landscape.

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38 seats was a truly remarkable achievement and as your leader, I

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want to congratulate all those who were elected not just to the

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Assembly, but to the councils as well. I want to thank all of those

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candidates who did not make good this time. Let me assure you, your

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time will come. I was especially glad to see Alan Brett land with us

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Most of all, I want to thank everyone who give their time to

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support a party. -- the party. It is good to reflect on our

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achievements but the real work lies ahead. An election is only ever the

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start. With great success comes greater responsibility. The first

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term of the Assembly was not smooth sailing, but despite all of the

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challengers, we did make a difference. We secured peace and

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stability, bedded down devolution and completed the first Assembly

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term in over a generation. That's not all. We put our agenda at the

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heart of government. We set a new direction. The DUP has been a

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linchpin at the heart of the Assembly and Executive. We never

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claimed that leading a five-party mandatory coalition would be silky

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smooth, and it is not. Unlike other administrations, divisions do not

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get a third behind the scenes. Instead, under this system, they

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get dramatically and often translucent Lee played out under

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the full glare of the media. Some Executive that ministers seek to

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exaggerate differences so they can exploit them. -- Executive

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ministers. Some genes position to be in opposition to the executor of.

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-- Sheen's Position to be in opposition to the Executive.

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Opposition for opposition's sake is punished at the polls. We need to

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persuade people that devolution is not just good in theory, it is good

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in practice as well. People listen and read negative commentators who

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only report problems and bad news. What about the peace and the

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constitutional stability? The investment from major global

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companies to our shores? What about Northern Ireland being on the

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international map for film, music and television? What about free

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travel for all the people on public transport? What about the lowest

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household taxes in the UK? What about student fees being frozen and

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the rescue package for PMS savers? What about the delivery of more

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jobs to Northern Ireland than under any past government? And what about

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highest levels of infrastructure investment in our history? I could

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go on, but I think you get their hair -- message. We have a record

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of achievement to be proud of but it is only a start. It is still her

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bidets but we have made a positive start. -- early days. We are

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putting in place building blocks for the future. In the last few

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weeks we have agreed how to take forward the Review of Public

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Administration and the Education Skills Authority. We have published

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a programme for government, our investment strategy and economic

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strategy. People want to see us taking decisions and making a

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difference. That is what we are elected to do. The new imperative

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is getting things done. While some other parties may be focused on

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whether or not they should go into opposition, this party is focused

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on advancing the business of government. As we promised in our

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manifesto, we are in the business of delivering. These are tough

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economic times and the truth is, for many people, the real fear is

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not that they are going to be sold into a united Ireland, bare except

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the union is safe in our hands. The real fear is that they might not

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have a job to provide for their family, or that their debts are

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getting out of control. As an Executive, we have to focus on the

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economy and do all that we can to We have an ambitious agenda. We

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will press for the devolution of Corporation of cap -- corporation

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tax and reduce its level. We will promote over 25,000 jobs, achieved

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�3 million of investment through FDI and increase in manufacturing

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exports by 15%. We will increase our visitor numbers and tourist

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revenue and in defeat -- get an extension of the small business

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rate relief scheme. We will make Northern Ireland an even more

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attractive place for investment. By ensuring 90% of large scale

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investment planning decisions are made within six months.

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Applications with job potential are given additional weight. We have

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set ourselves a challenging target to advance their shared education.

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We will increase the number of university places for economically

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relevant subjects and ensure our skills targets are aligned to the

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needs of the economy. We will introduce tougher sentences for

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those who are charged and found guilty of a tax on older people. As

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far as we are concerned, if you are attacking a pensioner, pack your

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I know people are finding it difficult to make ends meet so no

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matter what some economists may want, we will continue to keep

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household's tax the lowest in the UK. We will ensure there will be no

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additional water charges. The next few years will see major reforms

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across significant public services such as health, education and local

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Government. Making them more efficient and effective. We will

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support sensible reform of the Prison Service but let me make it

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clear, we will ensure that the Crown and the royal title of

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preserved. A decade ago, we were powerless to

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prevent the implementation of the Patten report. We are not powerless

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now. I couldn't help but notice that some of our opponents thought

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I over egged my opposition to these matters. Let me tell them why it is

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such a touchstone issue. As a matter of process, it was critical.

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We spent years under the Belfast Agreement, watching ministers take

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decisions without Executive or committee approval from the

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Assembly itself. Ministers were unaccountable. St Andrew's changed

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all that. It required any decision that was significant or

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controversial, to have cross- community support. That protected

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both traditions. Parties had determined -- determination to go

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forward. However, the Justice Minister announced to the Assembly,

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which stated that he would bypass this carefully crafted process and

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allow unelected officials to take these decisions as operational

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matters. Thereby denying the Executive, an elective

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representatives a right to decide how we would move forward. It would

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have been alarming. A blow on the process. Sometimes painfully

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constructed. That was an issue of such moment and significance that

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any true defender of democracy would have taken it to the people

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and asked for their view. Secondly, in the past under the stewardship

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of others, each of us witnessed how every aspect of British life in our

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province was attacked and diluted. Anything that was British had to be

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removed or neutralised. When the DUP took over the reins of Unionism,

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we determined to detect -- to defend our heritage. Today,

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tomorrow and always and we will The greatest challenge that we will

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face in the next the years would be to rebuild our society after years

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and years of division. We must work towards a more normalised form of

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Government, with an Executive and an honest opposition, not a 5th

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column that operates from within the ranks of the Executive himself.

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There would be a sign of political immaturity. Now because it is good

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for Unionism, but because it is good for democracy. Next year the

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Assembly would be considering its own structures. There is real

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opportunity for Stormont to evolve to democratic... It will only

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happen in through agreement. While we work to do live in Government,

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we must make sure, as a party, we are ready to face the next election

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campaign. That election is not Scheduled until 2014. That doesn't

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mean we can relax. We must work harder than ever before to ensure

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we do even better next time. In that election, I want to see day

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and the reward for all her hard So much for selection meetings. Now

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is the time to plan for the future and set our strategy out for the

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next decade. 10 years ago, with Unionism that in terminal decline,

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which charted a course to recovery. Many doubted we could deliver but

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we followed it through. Even when times were tough, we delivered. In

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these changed times, we must charge -- chart a fresh path for the party,

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the Assembly, the province and the Union. This party, our party, is

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best placed to lead Northern Ireland into the future. For us to

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make a difference, we have to earn and retain the support of the

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people. Elections aren't one in the weeks but the years before polling

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day. It is important that we use this time to reform, revitalise and

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strengthen the DPP. Unlike other parties, we are able to do it from

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a position of strength and unity. - - DUP. Our core values and beliefs

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are unalterable. We must constantly adapt to new chair Rouge it -- to

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new challenges and circumstances. We are building on the foundations

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that have been laid over previous decades. I know there has not

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always been at enthusiasm to advance, even to catch eight

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further strategic objective. That is precisely the time to make the

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next push forward. There has never been a moment when a difficult

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decision had to be taken, when there wasn't someone claiming that

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there might be a better time to take it somewhere in the future.

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If you never try to succeed, you will never fail. You can sit and

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oppose everything and hope others fail so you can seek to reap the

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harvest of their failure. Achievements and difficult

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decisions are linked. That is what leadership is about. Taking

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decisions and taking the consequences. The real battle is

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not about the past, it is about the future. We must always be sure to

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fight the next campaign and not continue to fight the last one. Our

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greatest threat is not a political opposition. The path to success

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hasn't been painless but the testing times have only served to

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strengthen us. We can look back now on everything that we have achieved

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and we can see that what we did strengthened and enhanced our

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party's position. It didn't we can get. It is not a time to rest on

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our laurels, it is the time to move forward. Opportunity is sitting on

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our doorstep. As a party, we must be the very best at everything that

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we do. That means we must plan and prepare. Whatever our opponents do,

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we must be one step ahead. That means a process of continual

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improvement at every level. As a party, we must set demanding

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targets and to live on them. The way people engage in politics is

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changing. We must adjust to that change. That is why we need to find

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new ways of interacting that relate to -- relate to modern-day society.

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Party members are and will always be the lifeblood of any political

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party. To maximise our potential, we must also harness the goodwill

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of those outside of our membership, but who support us. I want to

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create a new option for those who want to demonstrate support and

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play a part in our future. I want to establish the concept of

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registered party supporters. There will be no Effie attached if you

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are signing up and no obligation to do more. -- no fee. Equally,

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registered supporters will have a direct line to feed in their views

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of ideas and involve themselves to whatever extent they decide. There

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are people who for a variety of reason, can't or don't want to join

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a political party. Their job may not permit them to do so, they may

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spend a lot of time away from home, they may be too young. They may

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come from a community background where joining a unionist Party has

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not been common practice. They may have concerns about what membership

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it involves. They support what we are doing and might occasionally

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attend events that we organise. They follow our progress, want to

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see us doing well, they vote for us. As an initial target, I want to

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sign up 5000 registered party's supporters before the conference

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next year. 5000 more the year after that. Yes, I admit it, I hope

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registered party supporters will in their own time ease themselves into

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membership of the party itself. At a constituency, I want us to turn

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the best practice into common practice. We are looking at the

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structure and content of party meetings. I want to see us

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embracing additional party can figurations that bring members and

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supporters with special policy interests together. Search

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specialist groups wouldn't replace our tried and tested branch and

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associations structure, it is about setting up creeps -- groups.

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Encouraging greater involvement of women. Whatever activity our

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membership wants to promote. Of course they will operate within the

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guidelines set up within the party but what we will be doing is making

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meetings more relevant to meetings and supporters' interests. Yes, we

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will be constructing another slip road to he's now members into

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active political involvement. I want to reach into every community

:30:26.:30:30.

of Northern Ireland. I want to see far more women as elected

:30:30.:30:40.
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It shouldn't be just the women who are clapping that statement. In the

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next six months, we will revise our party rules to make them fit for

:30:52.:30:58.

purpose. Fit for the challenges that lie ahead and fit to deliver

:30:58.:31:07.

continued success. I am proud of his party's past and I am immensely

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grateful for that Ian achieved as he led us through those dark and

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He carried a heavy burden as he led us into leadership at Stormont, and

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we all wish him well. I do not believe a word about him retiring,

:31:36.:31:43.

there is no way Ian Paisley will retire! I'm proud of what we are

:31:43.:31:47.

doing today and I am confident about our future. We have solid

:31:47.:31:54.

foundations upon which to build. 176 councillors, 38 Assembly

:31:54.:31:59.

members, four members of the House of Lords and worried MPs at

:31:59.:32:09.
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Westminster, magnificently played by -- led by Mike -- Nigel Dodds.

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We have Diane Dodds as our MEP, battling for Ulster in Europe. We

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have a fantastic team at every level across the province. I want

:32:26.:32:29.

to affect our ministers and post holders. They have served this

:32:29.:32:37.

party well. One of the most difficult jobs that I have as

:32:37.:32:41.

leader is to allocate responsibilities. Having such an

:32:41.:32:48.

abundance of talent makes the job so difficult. Arlene, Sammy,

:32:48.:32:58.
:32:58.:33:07.

nothing, Edwin, Jonathan, well done all of you. -- Nelson. As a team at

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every level, we have so much to offer. That is why I am tired of

:33:15.:33:20.

listening to the professional nay- sayers, who seemed intent on

:33:20.:33:24.

talking Northern Ireland and democratic politicians down. They

:33:24.:33:29.

criticise politicians, but are never prepared to stand for office

:33:29.:33:33.

themselves. They and -- are an authority on everything but have a

:33:33.:33:43.
:33:43.:33:51.

mandate for nothing. One of them comes on our radio every morning,

:33:51.:33:57.

well, at least those that his alarm clock is working! When he is eating

:33:57.:34:06.

his crisps and Mars bars, he is either putting the worst possible

:34:06.:34:12.

construction politicians are trying to do, or encouraging others to do

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so. It is easy to pick holes in the work of others but it is hard to do

:34:17.:34:22.

it yourself. It is the size of the have boated that gives you the

:34:22.:34:32.
:34:32.:34:33.

right to speak for the people. -- it is the size of your own boat. --

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the size of Europe and vote. Stephen Nolan, you might have the

:34:40.:34:43.

biggest show in the country but when the will of the people, we

:34:43.:34:47.

have the biggest a vote in the country!

:34:47.:34:57.
:34:57.:35:02.

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. In a democracy, power is not

:35:02.:35:08.

inherited, it is one. Our authority to be in office and to work for the

:35:08.:35:13.

people is given to us democratically by the people. Mr

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Chairman, I want to pay tribute to our brave soldiers who have served

:35:20.:35:26.

and are still serving in Afghanistan. We especially remember

:35:26.:35:31.

those who did not return. Those who gave their lives for country and

:35:31.:35:40.

for freedom. Their sacrifice is a reminder to us of the part that

:35:40.:35:46.

this province plays in the life of our nation. It was truly inspiring

:35:46.:35:50.

to see so many people come out and read our soldiers at the recent

:35:50.:35:58.

home coming parade. -- Kuyt. We remember them today and we will

:35:59.:36:08.
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ensure they are never forgotten. APPLAUSE.

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While our soldiers are bringing a better life to people halfway

:36:18.:36:24.

around the globe, we must do the same back here at home. I am a

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Unionist, not just because of my background or culture, but because

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I believe the union offers the best future for this province. There is

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something in the Unionists I keep that assumes that our political

:36:43.:36:47.

opponents are always superior at achieving their objectives. Often,

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Unionists are more prepared to believe their opponents' propaganda

:36:52.:37:00.

than the king of reality. -- looking at reality. Ask yourself,

:37:00.:37:07.

what have they achieved? Rather than united Ireland, we have an

:37:07.:37:11.

administration at Stormont with eight Unionist majority, enacting

:37:11.:37:17.

British laws, and red white and blue is still flying from the

:37:17.:37:27.
:37:27.:37:37.

Flagstaff. That did not, by by longing for a return to the

:37:37.:37:47.
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institutions of the past. --, Bard. -- that did not come about. The

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cross-border institutions are largely for show. The real work is

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not through institutional structures but about issues that

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really matter. It is personal relationships that will make North-

:38:08.:38:14.

South co-operation work and the less political threat, the greater

:38:15.:38:20.

the opportunity is to work together. It is our strategy, the path that

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we started down a decade ago, that has prevailed. Getting devolution

:38:25.:38:32.

on acceptable terms, seeking to make it work for everyone, ensuring

:38:32.:38:36.

North-South structures are grounded in practical co-operation and not

:38:36.:38:40.

advancing political ideology, building up the East-West axis and

:38:40.:38:45.

demonstrating that the union works for everyone. Yes, it is our

:38:45.:38:50.

strategy that has prevailed. We need to further reform the

:38:50.:38:53.

institutions to deliver better government but we need to be

:38:53.:38:57.

careful not to undermine the consent and acceptance of our

:38:57.:39:01.

constitutional status in doing it. I do not want a simple majority in

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favour of the union, I want an overwhelming majority to support a

:39:06.:39:11.

constitutional position. Mr Chairman, in time, the economic

:39:11.:39:16.

crisis will path. The lasting challenge for us will be to tackle

:39:16.:39:23.

the causes of division. An end to the troubles did not bring an end

:39:23.:39:30.

to division and the dilemma will not solve itself. Her critics have

:39:30.:39:35.

claimed that we want a society carved up rather than share. Some

:39:35.:39:41.

accuse us of wanting a separate but equal society. Nothing could be

:39:41.:39:46.

further from the truth. It is not right and it would not work. I do

:39:46.:39:49.

not want a society where people live close together but live

:39:49.:39:56.

separate lives. This party cannot dictate the future, but we can

:39:56.:40:00.

place issues at the centre of public debate and forced others to

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justify their obstruction. -- force. There can be no greater legacy than

:40:07.:40:10.

a shared community. It is not just good for Northern Ireland, it is

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good for Unionism. This is how we can secure our future, not for the

:40:17.:40:22.

just -- next decade, bought for the next century. Any society is

:40:22.:40:27.

governed not by the will of society but by the consent of the minority.

:40:27.:40:33.

We know that better than most. A conflict of this last 40 years

:40:33.:40:42.

created terrible divisions. It became a case of them and us. That

:40:42.:40:47.

attitude deepened divisions further. If we want a better society, it

:40:47.:40:57.
:40:57.:40:57.

cannot be them and Darth, it can only be all of us. -- them and us.

:40:57.:41:02.

Recent surveys show over half of the Roman Catholic population who

:41:02.:41:07.

were polled wished to remain part of the UK, and only a third wanted

:41:07.:41:13.

a united Ireland. I want a society for those numbers are improved and

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there are place in the kingdom is not reliant on demographics. --

:41:20.:41:23.

where our place in the kingdom. There can be no greater guarantee

:41:24.:41:29.

of our security than the support of the Catholic community. Now the

:41:29.:41:34.

conflict has ended, we have a window of opportunity to reset at

:41:34.:41:39.

the terms of political debate. We have the opportunity to securing

:41:39.:41:44.

our constitutional position Beyond the visible horizon. Our task is

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not to defeat, but to persuade. Over recent decades, Unionists have

:41:49.:41:55.

been under attack and we have been forced to be defensive. Some

:41:55.:41:59.

Republicans tried to bomb us into a united Ireland. Others sought

:41:59.:42:05.

politically to cajole and wheedle us into a united Ireland. We have

:42:06.:42:12.

withstood them all. When have we, as Unionists, actually sought to

:42:12.:42:17.

persuade? Not just by words, but by creating the kind of inviting

:42:17.:42:23.

society that everyone will want to be part of. Our determination and

:42:23.:42:29.

resolve sold through the Troubles. Arkwright of no surrender served us

:42:29.:42:33.

well in the days when we were being mercilessly attacked and our backs

:42:33.:42:40.

were against the wall. -- Arkwright of no surrender. Happily, times he

:42:40.:42:46.

had changed and a new approach is justified. Politics is changing in

:42:46.:42:49.

Northern Ireland. Of course there will be those who are implacably

:42:49.:42:55.

opposed to being part of the United Kingdom. Even today, they are a

:42:55.:43:01.

minority in a minority. Bobby Sands once said that, the irate's revenge

:43:01.:43:06.

would be the laughter of their children. -- IRA. Such narrow

:43:07.:43:10.

vision. There has been too much talk of revenge and victory and

:43:11.:43:16.

defeat. The DUP's ambition will be the laughter of all our children,

:43:16.:43:21.

playing and living together, with a future that does not see them

:43:21.:43:24.

having to leave our shores, but live here in Northern Ireland, in

:43:24.:43:34.
:43:34.:43:44.

the United Kingdom. If I read the mood and tempo of our people

:43:44.:43:50.

correctly, we all the realise that we are interdependent. -- all

:43:50.:43:55.

realise. If we are to move forward we have to move forward together. I

:43:55.:44:02.

believe in this new era we have within our grasp. The cancer cure

:44:02.:44:12.

Northern Ireland for the next century. -- we can see cure. --

:44:12.:44:16.

secured. We can grasp the opportunity to effect change and to

:44:16.:44:21.

deliver the aspirations of a deserving people. Our job is to

:44:21.:44:26.

make a difference to the lives of individuals and communities. We

:44:26.:44:34.

need to build one United, shared and peaceful society. Now is the

:44:34.:44:41.

moment. Miss that, and we may miss it for ever. We have the prospect

:44:41.:44:48.

of making a difference. Previous generations never had or never took

:44:48.:44:58.
:44:58.:45:00.

that. We have the chance in the future to ensure the people in this

:45:01.:45:05.

country have a future that is meaningful, a future that is real.

:45:05.:45:14.

I tell you nine is the moment. -- Now is the moment. We want to see

:45:14.:45:18.

respect given to our varied conditions. We want to be able to

:45:18.:45:21.

express culture with tolerance and respect, mindful of those who do

:45:21.:45:27.

not share the values. We want people who do not share our values

:45:27.:45:33.

to show tolerance and respect to those of us who do. We are the

:45:34.:45:38.

first generation of peace time Unionists for many decades. No

:45:38.:45:45.

longer under siege, moving forward with confidence and able to reach

:45:45.:45:50.

out. Traditional unionism was never about prejudice or sectarianism or

:45:50.:45:55.

at wrecking or division. That was never what Edward Carson stood for.

:45:55.:46:02.

His Unionism was about shipping and sharing the freedoms, the security

:46:02.:46:05.

and the bounty of the union to every citizen, regardless of

:46:05.:46:11.

religious belief. That is the kind of society we want to build and I

:46:11.:46:17.

tell you now is the moment. The DUP is the party of Northern Ireland.

:46:17.:46:27.
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They will tell it is soaked into the very soil. It will not expire

:46:34.:46:40.

with this generation if we repeat - - we planted in the next. There

:46:40.:46:45.

will Sir -- If there will be some that will try and fail. I do not

:46:45.:46:50.

want to look at missed opportunities. I want this party to

:46:50.:46:56.

make a real and a lasting difference. We will energetically

:46:56.:47:03.

pursue a one community strategy. To be DUP leader and First Minister is

:47:03.:47:09.

due a huge and enormous responsibility. It is a massive

:47:09.:47:17.

honour. It is a challenge that I humbly and gratefully accept. But

:47:17.:47:25.

today, I want to challenge all of you, both here and at home, help us

:47:26.:47:32.

build a new Northern Ireland. Not just for some, but for all. Get

:47:32.:47:36.

involved and even in some small way play your part in this great and

:47:36.:47:42.

historic endeavour. Our problems may be spall bed our ambitions can

:47:42.:47:52.
:47:52.:47:52.

be great. We can prosper and weaken. -- we can flourish. For those who

:47:52.:47:58.

left for far off opportunities to return to be part of what we are

:47:58.:48:02.

creating. When our economy is strong and vibrant, where the world

:48:02.:48:05.

wants to come and visit, where we treat each other as well as we

:48:06.:48:11.

treat our overseas visitors. And where our community is reconciled

:48:11.:48:17.

and at peace. That is a Northern Ireland that I want to see.

:48:17.:48:23.

Possessing a dedication to succeed, providing promise, offering hope,

:48:23.:48:28.

fulfilling its greatness, reaching its potential. That is our mission.

:48:28.:48:34.

May God grant us the wisdom, courage and the strength to succeed.

:48:34.:48:44.
:48:44.:48:52.

That was quite a mammoth speech from the DUP leader. Mark, what

:48:52.:48:59.

stands out for you? It wasn't the typical stuff that we would see in

:48:59.:49:03.

DUP conferences, having a go at your opponents. You got a feeling

:49:03.:49:11.

that there were no opponents out there. A lot of stuff as we were

:49:11.:49:21.

predicting on the shed society near the end there, talking about one

:49:21.:49:27.

community... To they can be persuaders, particularly Catholics

:49:27.:49:34.

to join them within the Union. is interesting, this vision for the

:49:34.:49:39.

future. He said it was all- encompassing. We have a series of

:49:39.:49:44.

speeches about a shared education in the build up to this. Less

:49:44.:49:48.

mention on the education system but quite a lot about the shared

:49:48.:49:53.

society. One political aspect of this is he did look forward to the

:49:53.:49:59.

Royal -- reorganisation of Stormont which is coming initially next May

:49:59.:50:02.

when the cross-community compromise over the justice department runs

:50:02.:50:06.

out. He talks about the need for an open and honest opposition at

:50:06.:50:12.

Stormont rather than having the enemy within. Different emphasis

:50:12.:50:17.

from Nigel Dodds he was having a go at the opposition for opposition

:50:17.:50:27.
:50:27.:50:28.

sake. Maybe someone who could sort out that a difference of opinion is

:50:28.:50:34.

Simon Hamilton. BTP has always been firm in our view that we need to

:50:34.:50:42.

get to more formal structure. -- the DUP has always been firm.

:50:42.:50:45.

There's no difference at all in terms of our view that there should

:50:45.:50:50.

be an opposition and we have an opportunity, given the issue that

:50:50.:50:53.

Mark has raised about the justice portfolio, perhaps bring that

:50:53.:50:59.

forward. You cannot have an opposition that is a synthetic

:50:59.:51:08.

opposition where parties are half in, half out. We want to see a

:51:08.:51:13.

structure up where they can be an official opposition. Is there not a

:51:13.:51:17.

danger that people will come across some unpopular policy within the

:51:17.:51:25.

DUP and Sinn Fein and Executive and start going in their droves to the

:51:25.:51:29.

other parties? The DP is confident that no matter what the structure

:51:29.:51:35.

is, we have policies that people want to warm to. -- DUP is

:51:35.:51:42.

confident. The challenges of largest Protestant or Catholic

:51:42.:51:46.

challenges, they are common to us all. We should be overcoming those

:51:46.:51:52.

challenges in one committee. How do you square that circle one of the

:51:52.:51:57.

have comments about emblems, where that is a traditional union stance?

:51:57.:52:02.

They should be any controversy over that that we are part of the UK and

:52:02.:52:07.

they have an importance. The real issue behind that was the issue of

:52:07.:52:11.

the structure of Government we have a. We had a system before you take

:52:11.:52:17.

the RUC example. They opposed the changes that were coming forward.

:52:17.:52:21.

As a result of the negotiation that led by Peter Robinson, you have a

:52:21.:52:31.
:52:31.:52:33.

situation where they cannot do that. We do not support what happens now?

:52:33.:52:39.

It is sounding as if he doesn't agree. I don't think anyone who is

:52:39.:52:48.

in the unions' committee can dispute what happened to. We are

:52:48.:52:54.

proud to embrace that. We would do it again if we had the opportunity

:52:54.:52:56.

and will do the same that the Prison Service. I don't think

:52:56.:53:03.

there's any contribution in wanting to support them. They often feel

:53:03.:53:13.
:53:13.:53:15.

they are in a at Cinderella service and have been forgotten about. We

:53:15.:53:21.

need to build a community where everybody is pulling together. We

:53:21.:53:26.

have a huge amount of challenges on the economic front. Only by coming

:53:26.:53:29.

together can we ever come those challenges and make it a better

:53:29.:53:33.

Northern Ireland. They talked about care and compassion being the

:53:33.:53:36.

cornerstone of DUP policy but that is one minister who is going to

:53:36.:53:41.

have to bring to cut to disability allowance and getting thousands of

:53:41.:53:46.

people of incapacity benefits. have a social security at system

:53:46.:53:56.

where we have to be up to Great Britain. It there are cuts coming

:53:56.:54:02.

forward that we don't agree with and some reforms that are proposed.

:54:02.:54:07.

One Nelson is going to try and do is ensure the administrator

:54:07.:54:13.

flexibility he possesses is used in a way that we can go against the

:54:13.:54:19.

most tore macro are the party's MPs may not have quite a high profile

:54:19.:54:23.

that they used to Bert Nigel Dodds had his own 20 minutes of fame when

:54:23.:54:28.

he addressed delegates this morning. After congratulating the party on a

:54:28.:54:31.

good year at the ballot box, he pointed to tough times again but

:54:31.:54:36.

not for the DUP. We know these are tough times for

:54:36.:54:42.

many. For some there is a feeling of doom and Calluna, for others a

:54:42.:54:48.

feeling of foreboding and despair about the future. Let's not dwell

:54:48.:54:58.

too much on the Ulster Unionists and the TUV. Maybe we should do

:54:58.:55:02.

well just a bit. Talk about power- sharing. Things are so bad they are

:55:02.:55:09.

talking about having to start job sharing. John McAllister, he is now

:55:09.:55:15.

moonlighting as the warm-up act for Gerry Adams united Ireland Roadshow.

:55:15.:55:21.

Tom Elliott, he is hoping he still has a job to share. The Tories have

:55:21.:55:27.

launched a takeover bid and want them to disband. Some are for us

:55:27.:55:31.

but they had disbanded in some areas. Then there is Jim Allister,

:55:31.:55:38.

poor Jim. He has got no one to share his job with. Of course as we

:55:38.:55:43.

know, Jim is becoming less and less interested in real politics. He is

:55:43.:55:47.

more into theatrics. May he would be taking up the acting full-time.

:55:48.:55:52.

There is a panto season coming up and I could think of a few good

:55:52.:55:58.

roles for him. He could play the big bad wolf, trying to blow the

:55:58.:56:08.
:56:08.:56:08.

house down. Or maybe the role of widowed Winky, more like a widow

:56:08.:56:18.

cranky in his case. Maybe a small part like his party. He could be

:56:18.:56:24.

great as grumpy in the seven dwarfs. Joining us now is the Enterprise

:56:24.:56:31.

Minister, Eileen Foster. What stood out in Peter Robinson's speech for

:56:31.:56:36.

you? There was quite a lot in a speech that he wanted to reflect on

:56:36.:56:42.

the success of the party. Also looking at new party structures. As

:56:42.:56:47.

well as that, it was his vision for Northern Ireland. It is a

:56:47.:56:49.

recognition that we have been defensive in Unionism over this

:56:49.:56:54.

past well and we have had to be because we were under attack.

:56:54.:56:58.

Renewed confidence, we can go forward and articulate the benefits

:56:58.:57:03.

of being a Unionists within the UK. To do that, Peter believes that the

:57:03.:57:08.

best way to do it is through a shared future. His speech was

:57:08.:57:13.

crowned broking today. I trust the people will see it as such. Is it

:57:13.:57:18.

an end to No Surrender politics? reflected that in his speech. It is

:57:18.:57:25.

about defensive Unionism. I think he very much recognised that in the

:57:25.:57:29.

past, had to be defensive, had to stick together in a united,

:57:29.:57:34.

cohesive way. The party has come through some difficult times and we

:57:34.:57:38.

have come out stronger. We have had a marvellous conference, the

:57:38.:57:42.

biggest ever. Far less moving forward, we want to look at a new,

:57:42.:57:45.

stronger Northern Ireland within the UK. Our core principles will

:57:45.:57:49.

always be the same but what we are saying is we have to change with

:57:49.:57:53.

the times and look to the future. If what about this tried to get

:57:53.:57:59.

Catholics to vote for the DUP? Is that a sincere option, something

:57:59.:58:02.

that you actually want or is it about getting more votes and

:58:02.:58:06.

staying in part? It is not about staying in power, it is about

:58:06.:58:11.

widening our base. We have been good at that across the unionist

:58:11.:58:15.

committed. We believe looking at what evidence is put before s,

:58:15.:58:19.

there is a large number of Roman Catholics who are in Unionists and

:58:19.:58:23.

he want to stay in the UK. They have found it difficult to find a

:58:23.:58:29.

party to vote for. We will talk to you and we want you to come part of

:58:29.:58:33.

our party structure because we believe in the UK that is for

:58:33.:58:42.

everybody. Is it inevitable, given the baggage that the DUP carries

:58:43.:58:46.

from the days of no surrender politics, that any Catholics who

:58:46.:58:50.

might be favourable to the union in principle are more likely to be

:58:50.:58:55.

attracted to the Alliance Party than to the Democratic Unionists?

:58:56.:59:01.

am sure they are not a unionist Party. We are the party for

:59:01.:59:05.

Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom and people are more

:59:05.:59:08.

attracted to what we do. If you talk about political baggage within

:59:08.:59:12.

the DUP, there's not a single party that doesn't have baggage over this

:59:12.:59:18.

past period of time. Poppet has Dennis he has set out a clear

:59:18.:59:21.

vision for Northern Ireland into our next century, something that is

:59:21.:59:25.

exciting for us as party members and we believe it would change the

:59:25.:59:29.

face of Northern Ireland moving forward. The union is not up for

:59:29.:59:33.

debate any more. The union is not something that is discussed in

:59:33.:59:37.

politics any more. We are dealing with the issues such as the economy,

:59:37.:59:42.

where is the best place for a union -- Northern Ireland to be? It is in

:59:42.:59:50.

the UK. What you think of some other comments? This beach is

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designed to ignore the opponents. They feel... This speech is

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In terms of this aspiration to attract Catholics, it is a long

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thing. To some extent, they are more external rather than internal

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to Northern Ireland. There is the economic challenge which Eileen

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Foster has been wrestling with. Nigel Dodds talked about what is

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going on in Scotland. In Scotland there is not only a debate about

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independence but a debate about fiscal autonomy. That could change

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the nature of Northern Ireland within the Union. Irrespective of

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the internal politics, bows may be the major challenges this party

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faces in the future. -- the voters may be. What is next for the DUP?

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They have to relax, concentrate on the registered party's supporters

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