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John Carson (politician)

John Carson (born 1933) is a former Northern Ireland Ulster Unionist Party politician.

A draper who owned a shop in the interface area of the Duncairn Gardens in north Belfast, Carson was elected to Belfast City Council in 1973.[1] The following year he was elected as a member of the United Ulster Unionist Coalition as Member of Parliament for Belfast North from 1974. However he was de-selected in 1979 after voting in favour of the Labour government in the crucial vote of confidence which they lost.[2]

Despite this, he retained his popularity, topping the local government poll in the electoral area 'H',[1] which included over half of the parliamentary seat. He also topped the poll in North Belfast at the 1982 Assembly elections.[2]

Carson was Lord Mayor of Belfast from 1985–6 and in his capacity as a councillor was sometimes at odds with his party colleagues. For example, he attended a City Hall lunch attended by the then Secretary of State Tom King despite the Unionist policy of boycotting meetings with Government ministers in protest at the Anglo-Irish Agreement.[3] For this he was threatened with expulsion from the UUP, which never happened.[3]

He remained a member of Belfast City Council until 1997 when he lost his seat after 24 consecutive years on the council. [1][4][5]

He married Martha in 1953 and had two daughters. They celebrated their Diamond Anniversary in 2013. [6]

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Sources

  • The Times Guide to the House of Commons, Times Newspapers Ltd, October 1974
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Carson
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Stratton Mills
Member of Parliament for Belfast North
February 19741979
Succeeded by
John McQuade
Political offices
Preceded by
John Allen
High Sheriff of Belfast
1978–1979
Succeeded by
Grace Bannister
Preceded by
Billy Bell
Lord Mayor of Belfast
1980 - 81
Succeeded by
Grace Bannister
Preceded by
A. H. Ferguson
Lord Mayor of Belfast
1985 - 86
Succeeded by
Sammy Wilson



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