… In April 2019, DUP leader Arlene Foster deliberately placed herself in the front row of the convention gathering when the party selected Ms Bennington as its first openly gay candidate to contest the 2019 Northern Ireland local elections.
The following month, she was elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, winning 856 first preference votes and passing the post on the sixth count.
In late October, with her elected representative status intact, Cllr Bennington attended the DUP Annual Conference at Belfast's Crowne Plaza Hotel.
The party was in a trough. The attendance reflected the slump in morale. The chairs in the main arena were arranged to mask the significant drop in numbers from the previous year.
… Fools Gold, The Holiday Romance, The Poisoned Apple in the Garden of Eden, The Pay Day Loan, The Too-Good-To-Be-True Offer that proved to be Too Good to Be True - there are countless ways to describe the DUP’s Brexit adventure.
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