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DUP MP Jim Shannon pays tribute to Dolly Parton in Parliament

Half a century after Dolly Parton published I Will Always Love You, a representative from Northern Ireland is lobbying Parliament to send her well wishes.

Jim Shannon of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) tabled an early motion (EDM) to mark the 50th anniversary of the track.

The motion recognizes the song’s meaning “to many,” including Mr. Shannon’s wife. So far it has gained 32 supporters.

EDMs are used to recall the opinions of individual legislators or to draw attention to particular events or campaigns.

Relatively few ever argue, but Mr. Shannon and his cosigns show that they are always considering Dolly Parton.

The MP for Strangford wished the Tennessee-born singer “continued success as she entertains and inspires many through her music.”

Olivia Blake, Cat Smith and Nadia Whittome of the Labor Party, Tim Farron of the Liberal Democrat Party and Kirsten Oswald of the SNP are the other six sponsors of the measure.

In 1973, Parton wrote and published I Will Always Love You as a farewell to her business partner and mentor Porter Wagoner.

It appeared on his thirteenth solo album, Jolene.

The song performed by Whitney Houston for the 1992 film The Bodyguard was purchased by more than 20 million people worldwide.

She holds the Guinness World Record for best-selling single by a female artist in the United States. It won Record of the Year at the 1994 Grammy Awards and was the best-selling album by a female artist in the United States.