Former Prime Minister of Stormont takes a seat in the House of Lords


Former Northern Ireland Prime Minister Dame Arlene Foster has taken her place in the House of Lords.

Dame Arlene, who left Stormont politics last year after stepping down as DUP leader, takes the title Baroness Foster of Aghadrumsee.

She will sit like an unaffiliated peer.

The former barrister, who has been a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly since 2003, donned the traditional scarlet robes for the short induction ceremony in the upper chamber, where she took the oath of allegiance to the king.

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Lady Foster was flanked by her supporters, former deputy DUP leader Lord Dodds of Duncairn and Tory colleague Lord Godson of Thorney Island.

Also taking a seat in the unelected chamber was former Tory MP Graham Evans.

Lord Evans of Rainow represented the constituency of Weaver Vale in Cheshire between 2010 and 2017, before losing his seat in the snap general election called by Theresa May.

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He was flanked by supporters and fellow Tory colleagues Baroness Williams of Trafford and Lord Davies of Gower as he took the Oath of Allegiance to the King.



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