The Reverend Ian Paisley, a leader of Northern Ireland's militant Protestants, was elected as a member of the British Parliament on Friday (June 19).
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CU Paisley speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 2: PAISLEY: The vote today is a vote of the people, and I believe that the loyalists of North Antrim have now a representative of the people, to serve the people; and to do the job that the people desire the representative to do. This is a triumph for old-fashioned traditional Unionism, and to the principles upon which this great province of ours was founded: principles that we shall never surrender.
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Background: The Reverend Ian Paisley, a leader of Northern Ireland's militant Protestants, was elected as a member of the British Parliament on Friday (June 19). Mr. Paisley is now a member of both the Northern Ireland and Great Britain Parliaments.
Mr. Paisley stood as a Protestant Unionist in the North Antrim constituency of Ulster and defeated the ruling Unionist Party candidate by 3,000 votes.
Three months ago he was elected to the Ulster Parliament, Stormont, in the seat formerly held by ex-Ulster Prime Minister Terence O'Neill. Mr. Paisley has been a key figure in Northern Ireland during the troubles of the past year which resulted in British troops being sent as a peace-keeping force. The troubles in Ulster have been seen by some observers as a conflict between the Protestant majority and the Roman Catholic minority.