Fred Cobain

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Fred Cobain
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast North
In office
25 June 1998 – 2011
Preceded by New Creation
Succeeded by Paula Bradley
Personal details
Born (1946-04-30) 30 April 1946 (age 68)
Political party Democratic Unionist Party (Ulster Unionist Party until 2012)
Spouse(s) Sandra Cobain

Fred Cobain, MBE (born 30 April 1946) is a Democratic Unionist Party politician from Northern Ireland and was a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly from 1998 until 2011.

Political career[edit]

Cobain was first elected to Belfast City Council in 1985. He served as Lord Mayor of Belfast in 1990-1991. He had been an Ulster Unionist Party Northern Ireland Assembly Member for North Belfast since 1998.[1]

Cobain was Chair of the Assembly's Committee for Social Development and served two terms on the Northern Ireland Policing Board[2]

On 29 December 2007 he was named MBE in the New Year Honours 2008.

After the Christmas 2010 water crisis, Cobain supported a vote of no confidence in Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy, saying "At the end of the day in all of these issues the individual who leads the department is responsible and I have to say if this was any other part of the UK, or any other part of these islands, the minister would have been away weeks ago...This minister doesn't appear to accept any responsibility for anything."[3]

On 14 January 2013, Fred Cobain left the Ulster Unionist party which he had served for more than 30 years. He joined the Democratic Unionist Party saying the UUP was "riven with personal and policy divisions" and was "politically exhausted".[3] Cobain ran for the DUP but failed to be elected to the Mid and East Antrim District Council in the May 2014 Elections.


He is married and has two children.


  1. ^ Northern Ireland Assembly Information Office (2003-11-26). "N.I. Assembly website". Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  2. ^ Northern Ireland Policing Board website[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "BBC News - Gregory Campbell backs Conor Murphy no confidence vote". BBC News. BBC News. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Reg Empey
Lord Mayor of Belfast
1990 - 91
Succeeded by
Nigel Dodds
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Belfast North
1998 - 2011
Succeeded by
Paula Bradley