Arlene Foster faces DUP revolt that could topple her as leader

Arlene Foster is facing a revolt from Democratic Unionist party politicians that threatens to topple her as party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland.

Multiple DUP members of the Northern Ireland assembly signed a letter on Tuesday calling for an unprecedented leadership contest, according to party sources.

Party members are angry at Foster’s handling of Brexit, the Northern Ireland protocol, gay rights and other issues, and worry about the party’s poll ratings.

In a brief statement the DUP declined to comment on the leadership challenge and said party officers organised its “internal democratic electoral processes”.

Foster became the first woman and the youngest person to lead Northern Ireland and the DUP in 2015. Her tenure was scarred by the collapse of power-sharing at Stormont and acrimony over Brexit.

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