Sir Jeffrey Donaldson accuses some within the DUP of damaging the party's electoral prospects and the cause of the Union by briefing against the party
Why it matters
The accusations highlight internal divisions within the DUP and the ongoing deadlock over the Northern Ireland Protocol, impacting the prospects of powersharing in Northern Ireland.
What the papers say
The Independent reports Sir Jeffrey's frustration over internal briefing against the party, while BBC News provides further details on Sir Jeffrey's letter to DUP members, highlighting the impact of internal divisions on the party's electoral prospects.
How we got here
The DUP has been blocking powersharing in protest at the internal UK trade barriers created by the Brexit's Northern Ireland Protocol. The recent deal struck by the EU and UK to reform the protocol - the Windsor Framework - has not satisfied the DUP's concerns, leading to the ongoing deadlock.
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Sir Jeffrey Mark Donaldson is a British politician who is the Democratic Unionist Party Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley in Northern Ireland.
The Democratic Unionist Party is a unionist political party in Northern Ireland favouring British identity. It was founded in 1971 during the Troubles by Ian Paisley, who led the party for the next 37 years.
Northern Ireland is variously described as a country, province or region which is part of the United Kingdom. Located in the northeast of the island of Ireland, Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland.