Thomas Robinson (Northern Ireland politician)

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Thomas Daniel Robinson (born 1950 or 1951), known as Tom Robinson, is a former unionist politician in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Part of the United Kingdom lying in the north-east of the island of Ireland, created 1921

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom in the north-east of the island of Ireland, variously described as a country, province or region. Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland. In 2011, its population was 1,810,863, constituting about 30% of the island's total population and about 3% of the UK's population. Established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 as part of the Good Friday Agreement, the Northern Ireland Assembly holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters, while other areas are reserved for the British government. Northern Ireland co-operates with the Republic of Ireland in several areas, and the Agreement granted the Republic the ability to "put forward views and proposals" with "determined efforts to resolve disagreements between the two governments".

Robinson worked as an Independent Financial Advisor. [1] He joined the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), and was elected to Larne Borough Council at the 1977 Northern Ireland local elections. He held his seat in 1981, [2] and was elected Deputy Mayor of Larne in 1982, then Mayor in 1983. [3]

Ulster Unionist Party Political party in Northern Ireland

The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) is a unionist political party in Northern Ireland. Having gathered support in Northern Ireland during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, the party governed Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. It was supported by most unionist voters throughout the conflict known as the Troubles, during which time it was often referred to as the Official Unionist Party (OUP). Between 1905 and 1972 its MPs took the Conservative whip at Westminster, considered as part of the Conservative Party.

Larne Borough Council administrative territorial entity of the United Kingdom

Larne Borough Council was a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. It merged with Ballymena Borough Council and Carrickfergus Borough Council in May 2015 under the reorganisation of local government in Northern Ireland to become Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

1977 Northern Ireland local elections

Elections for local government were held in Northern Ireland in May 1977.

Robinson was elected for the Coast Road district at the local 1985, 1989, [4] 1993 and 1997 local elections. [5] He was also elected to the Northern Ireland Forum in 1996, representing East Antrim. [6]

1985 Northern Ireland local elections

Elections for local government were held in Northern Ireland on 15 May 1985, contesting 565 seats in all.

1989 Northern Ireland local elections

Elections for local government were held in Northern Ireland in 1989, with candidates contesting 565 seats.

1993 Northern Ireland local elections

Elections for local government were held in Northern Ireland on 19 May 1993.

By 2000, Robinson had become a prominent critic of UUP leader David Trimble. [7] He lost his council seat in 2001, [5] and subsequently defected to the UK Unionist Party (UKUP). [8] He stood for this new party at the 2003 Northern Ireland Assembly election, [8] but took only 1.8% of the vote and was not elected. [6]

David Trimble Northern Irish politician

William David Trimble, Baron Trimble, PC, is a Northern Irish politician who was the first First Minister of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2002, and the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) from 1995 to 2005. He was also the Member of Parliament for Upper Bann from 1990 to 2005 and the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Upper Bann from 1998 to 2007. In 2006, he was made a life peer in the House of Lords and a year later left the UUP to join the Conservative Party.

2001 Northern Ireland local elections

Elections for local government were held in Northern Ireland on 7 June 2001, contesting 582 seats in all, along with the 2001 general election across the entire United Kingdom.

UK Unionist Party political party

The UK Unionist Party (UKUP) was a small unionist political party in Northern Ireland from 1995 to 2008 that opposed to the Good Friday Agreement. It was nominally formed by Robert McCartney, formerly of the Ulster Unionist Party, to contest the 1995 North Down by-election and then further constituted to contest the 1996 elections for the Northern Ireland Forum. McCartney had previously contested the 1987 general election as an independent using the label Real Unionist.

Robinson stood again for Larne Borough Council at the 2005 local elections, this time as an independent candidate, [9] but took only 57 votes and was again unsuccessful. [5] He also failed to win a seat at the 2007 Northern Ireland Assembly election, standing again for the UKUP, [6] and subsequently joined the Traditional Unionist Voice party. [10]

2005 Northern Ireland local elections

Elections for local government were held in Northern Ireland on 5 May 2005, contesting 582 seats in all, along with the 2005 general election across the entire United Kingdom and local elections in England.

2007 Northern Ireland Assembly election

The 2007 election to the Northern Ireland Assembly was held on Wednesday, 7 March 2007. It was the third election to take place since the devolved assembly was established in 1998. The election saw endorsement of the St Andrews Agreement and the two largest parties, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin, along with the Alliance Party, increase their support, with falls in support for the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).

Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) is a unionist political party in Northern Ireland. The party was founded on 7 December 2007, from a split in the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Its first and current leader is Jim Allister who, until 2009, sat as an independent Member of the European Parliament, having been elected for the DUP in 2004. In the 2009 European elections Allister lost his seat when he stood as a TUV candidate. In June 2008, it was announced that former Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) MP William Ross had been made party president.

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References

  1. "IoUME Larne District Policing Partnership - Policing Board Announces Independent Members", Northern Ireland Policing Board, 4 May 2003
  2. "The Local Government Elections 1973-1981: Larne", Northern Ireland Elections
  3. "1983", Larne Times , 16 June 2009
  4. "Local Government Elections 1985 - 1989: Larne", Northern Ireland Elections
  5. 1 2 3 "Larne Borough Council Elections 1993-2011", Northern Ireland Elections
  6. 1 2 3 "East Antrim", Northern Ireland Elections
  7. David Cracknell and Alan Murray, "Trimble fails to see off Unionist critics", Daily Telegraph , 8 October 2000
  8. 1 2 "UKUP committed to post-election talks", RTÉ , 13 November 2003
  9. "29 seek office in what could be the last Larne Borough Council", Larne Times , 15 April 2005
  10. "TUV vow to bring down Stormont Executive", Belfast Telegraph , 9 November 2009
Civic offices
Preceded by
Roy Beggs
Mayor of Larne
1983–1984
Succeeded by
Jack McKee
Northern Ireland Forum
New forum Member for East Antrim
1996–1998
Forum dissolved