Basingstoke MP Andrew Hunter has joined the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the leading Protestant political grouping in Northern Ireland, and will become its first MP to represent an English constituency.
He resigned from the Conservative Party in early October 2002, announcing at the time his intention to join the DUP and to stand for the Northern Ireland Assembly (currently suspended). As discussed in an article I wrote at the time (in my main website's comment area), he had been required to resign from the right-wing Monday Club (which was itself supended from the Conservative Party) in late 2001, although he did not sever his connection with extreme right-wing magazine Right Now! until May 2002. Right Now! shared its mailing address with the Monday Club and both have very anti-gay views and policies as well as views on immigration and asylum that can only be compared with those of the BNP. Mr Hunter is just formalising his links with his spiritual soulmates in the DUP, for example the Rev Ian Paisley, its leader.