Harold McCusker

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Harold McCusker
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Member of Parliament
for Upper Bann
In office
9 June 1983 – 12 February 1990
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by David Trimble
Personal details
Born (1940-02-07)7 February 1940
Lurgan, Northern Ireland, UK
Died 12 February 1990(1990-02-12) (aged 50)
Portadown, Northern Ireland, UK
Nationality British
Political party Ulster Unionist
Spouse(s) Jennifer McCusker
Children Moore
Alma mater Stranmillis University College
Occupation Teacher
Religion Anglican

James Harold McCusker (7 February 1940 — 12 February 1990) was a Northern Ireland Ulster Unionist Party politician who served as his party's deputy leader.

Educated at Lurgan College and Stranmillis University College, before qualifying as a teacher. 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.

Personal life[edit]

McCusker was an Orangeman and staunch Unionist. He was married, with 3 children. A son Colin, ran for the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2011 and is currently a Craigavon Councillor (also Ulster Unionist). Prior to his death, he was expected to rise further in Ulster Unionist and British political scenes, due to his ability and popularity.

Election history[edit]

General Election 1987: Upper Bann
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Harold McCusker 25,137 61.5 4.6
SDLP Brid Rodgers 8,676 20.5 3.7
Sinn Féin Brendan Curran 3,126 7.4 -2.0
Alliance Fionnuala Cook 2,487 5.9 N/A
Workers' Party Tom French 2,004 4.7 -0.8
Majority 16,461
Turnout 66.0 -6.0
UUP hold Swing
Upper Bann by-election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Harold McCusker 29,311
Workers' Party Tom French 6,978
Majority 22,333
UUP hold Swing
General Election 1983: Upper Bann
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Harold McCusker 24,888 56.9 N/A
SDLP James McDonald 7,807 17.9 N/A
DUP Jim Wells 4,547 10.4 N/A
Sinn Féin Brendan Curran 4,110 9.4 N/A
Workers' Party Tom French 2,392 5.5 N/A
Majority 17,081 N/A
Turnout 72.0 N/A
UUP hold Swing

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Maginnis
Member of Parliament for Armagh
Feb 19741983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Upper Bann
Succeeded by
David Trimble
Party political offices
Preceded by
Deputy Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party
Succeeded by