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soirée snub Former First Minister Arlene turns down invite to DUP 50th birthday bash

Ms Foster was succeeded by Edwin Poots as party leader, who lasted only a matter of weeks

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Arlene Foster. Picture: PA

Arlene Foster. Picture: PA

Arlene Foster. Picture: PA

Former First Minister Arlene Foster has declined an invitation to attend the DUP’s 50th anniversary dinner, it is understood.

The BBC reports Ms Foster’s absence from proceedings may be a sign she remains hurt after her treatment by some members of the DUP in the run up to her standing down.

She is due to resign her assembly seat after a new candidate is chosen to fill her Fermanagh South Tyrone seat in the coming weeks.

The dinner is due to be held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast this evening.

The DUP was founded by the late Reverend Ian Paisley in 1971.

After Ms Foster stood down as DUP leader she was succeeded by Edwin Poots, whose time at the helm lasted a paltry month before he was ousted following his choice to install Paul Givan as First Minister.

Ian Paisley’s wife, Baroness Bannside, also took aim at the party ahead of tonight’s bash.

Speaking on the BBC’s Good Morning Ulster radio show she said the party’s “recent tolerance of changing moral attitudes in society” is a “far cry” from her husband’s “code of practice”.

She said: “Ulster faces very uncertain days.”

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