Lead The Way
The LVF is an extreme loyalist group formerly led by Billy
Wright, who was killed in the Maze prison at Christmas 1997, allegedly by THE
Irish National Liberation Army in collusion with the British government It is
believed to be made up of loyalists dissatisfied with other paramilitary
organisations. Mainly ex U.V.F but now has very close links to the U.F.F.In
March 1998, the group threatened Protestants who colluded in the peace process.
In May, it declared an "unequivocal" ceasefire to encourage people to
vote No in the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement.
The Loyalist Volunteer Force had been formed in 1996 following an acrimonious
split between Billy Wright and the Ulster Volunteer Force, (UVF). Until 1996,
Billy Wright had been clearly identified with the UVF in the mid-Ulster area.
However, his opposition to the politics of the UVF and his open support for the
Orangemen at Drumcree was contrary to UVF/PUP policy. His defiance of this
policy resulted in the UVF issuing an ultimatum to Wright that gave him 72 hrs
to leave Northern Ireland or face "summary execution". Wright defied
the ultimatum and split with the UVF/PUP to form the breakaway loyalist grouping
During 1995/96, Billy Wright had clearly become identified with the Orange Order
protests at Drumcree, near Portadown, Co Armagh. The protests ensued when
members of the Orange Institution were prevented by a Parades Commission ruling
from completing a church parade along a section of the Garvaghy Road, Portadown.
The security forces are known to believe that Wright’s presence at Drumcree
was a major influence in subsequent Government decisions to allow the Orangemen
to complete the Drumcree parade.
During the 1996 Drumcree stand-off Billy Wright had discussions with the Ulster
Unionist Party leader and MP for Upper Bann, Mr David Trimble. The discussions
were initiated by Mr Trimble and took place in the church hall at Drumcree.
Loyalist Volunteer Prisoners
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