Frank Millar

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Frank Millar (1925 - 13 May 2001) was a Northern Irish unionist politician.

Millar worked in the shipyards, where he became a shop steward, before becoming a founder member of Ulster Protestant Action in 1956.[1]

Millar was first elected to Belfast City Council in 1972, representing Dock,[2] then the Antrim and Shore Road areas. He held his seat at each subsequent election until retiring in 1993. He was Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast in 1981-2 and 1992-3.[1]

Millar was also elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1973 for Belfast North as an Ulster Unionist Party anti-Sunningdale Agreement candidate. He held his seat on the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention in 1975 as an independent Unionist, and for the 1982 Northern Ireland Assembly.[1]

In 1986, Millar was fined £100 for describing supporters of Cliftonville F.C. as "Republican bastards". Two years later, he called for Irish Travellers to be "incinerated",[2] while in 1989, he was fined £50 for punching Democratic Unionist Party councillor Sammy Wilson.[1] He also faced criticism for describing Nelson Mandela as a "black Provo", and gay people as "deviants".[2]

In the late 1980s, Millar campaigned against the privatisation of the Harland and Wolff shipyard.[1]

Millar's son, Frank Millar Jr, was also an Ulster Unionist Party Assembly member.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Councillor a legend in local government", Belfast Telegraph
  2. ^ a b c d "Millar faces cancer battle", Belfast Telegraph
Civic offices
Preceded by
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Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast
1981–1982
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Herbert Ditty
Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast
1992–1993
Succeeded by
Hugh Smyth