David Cook (politician)
In 1970, Cook was a founder member of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI), while he was elected to the party's Central Executive in 1971. He was elected to Belfast City Council in 1973, a position he held until 1985. In 1978, he became the first non-unionist Lord Mayor of Belfast since partition (the pro-Home Rule Liberal William James Pirrie having held the post in the 1890s).
He stood for APNI in Belfast South in the February 1974 general election, taking just under 10% of the vote. He was able to improve to 27% of the vote at the Belfast South by-election, 1982. Following this, he won a seat on the Northern Ireland Assembly representing Belfast South. In the 1983 general election, 1986 by-election and 1987 general election, he consistently won over 20% of the votes cast in Belfast South. He also stood for Alliance in the European Parliament election, 1984, but took only 4% of the vote.
From 1980 until 1984, Cook served as the Deputy Leader of APNI.
In 1994, Cook became the Chairman of the Police Authority of Northern Ireland, but he was sacked from this role in 1996 after losing a vote of confidence. After a critical account of his role appeared in 1998, he undertook a lengthy libel case, ultimately settled out of court. He subsequently sat on the Craigavon Health and Social Services Trust.
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- "Mayhew's dilemma in police watchdog crisis". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 1996-02-23. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
- "Police Authority pair settle out of court". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 2001-11-12. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
- "Why Alliance critics point accusing finger". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 1996-12-12. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
|Lord Mayor of Belfast
1978 - 79
|Party political offices|
|Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
1980 - 84