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|Member of Parliament
for Upper Bann
9 June 1983 – 12 February 1990
|Preceded by||Seat created|
|Succeeded by||David Trimble|
|Member of Parliament
28 February 1974 – 9 June 1983
|Preceded by||John Maginnis|
|Succeeded by||Seat abolished|
|Born||James Harold McCusker
7 February 1940
Lurgan, Northern Ireland
|Died||12 February 1990
Portadown, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Ulster Unionist|
|Alma mater||Stranmillis University College|
The youngest son of Jim & Lily McCusker (He had one older Brother), he was born and raised in the heart of Lurgan. Educated at Lurgan Model Primary School, Lurgan College and Stranmillis University College, before qualifying as a teacher. Before entering politics he worked in industry, latterly with Goodyear, in their Craigavon Plant.
He represented the Armagh constituency, and was first returned to the British House of Commons at the February 1974 general election. He was returned again in October 1974 and in the 1979 election. In 1982 he topped the poll in Armagh in the Assembly election.
At the 1983 general election, McCusker was returned for the new seat of Upper Bann. Alongside other Unionist MPs, he resigned his seat in protest at the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985, in order to contest his seat again at the ensuing by-election. He was returned again at the 1987 general election, which was to prove his last — he died of cancer in 1990, causing another by-election, which was won by future Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble.
McCusker was an Orangeman and staunch Unionist. He was married, with 3 children. His youngest son Colin (who was 18 at the time of his death), ran for the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2011 polling 3,402 1st preference votes, but failed to get elected. He is currently a Craigavon Councillor (also Ulster Unionist) and was elected Mayor in June 2014. Colin was also elected to the new ABC Council under RPA in May 2014. Prior to his death, he was expected to rise further in the Ulster Unionist Party and British political scenes, due to his ability and popularity among his peers and the wider public.
He was a member of the Methodist Church of Ireland (Lurgan circuit).
|General Election 1987: Upper Bann|
|Sinn Féin||Brendan Curran||3,126||7.4||-2.0|
|Workers' Party||Tom French||2,004||4.7||-0.8|
|Upper Bann by-election, 1986|
|Workers' Party||Tom French||6,978|
|General Election 1983: Upper Bann|
|Sinn Féin||Brendan Curran||4,110||9.4||N/A|
|Workers' Party||Tom French||2,392||5.5||N/A|
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Harold McCusker
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Armagh
Feb 1974 – 1983
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Upper Bann
1983 – 1990
|Party political offices|
|Deputy Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party
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