|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Iris Robinson|
|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
25 June 1998 – August 2010
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|Succeeded by||Simpson Gibson|
25 March 1955 |
Banbridge, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Democratic Unionist Party|
|Website||Jim Shannon MP|
Shannon was educated at Ballywalter Primary School and Coleraine Academical Institution. He was a soldier in the Ulster Defence Regiment in 1973-1975 and 1976–1977 and was awarded the General Service Medal. He served in the Royal Artillery TA from 1977-88. He is a member of the Orange Order and Apprentice Boys of Derry. He has been voted "least sexiest MP" in a list of all Westminister MPs but laughed off his position at the bottom of the poll.
Shannon was a longstanding councillor, first elected to Ards Borough Council in 1985 and serving as Mayor in 1991-1992. He was elected as a member of the Northern Ireland Forum for Political Dialogue in 1996. Shannon was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for Strangford in 1998 and then re-elected in 2003 and 2007, representing the DUP.
At the 2010 general election Shannon won in his own constituency of Strangford with 14,926 votes compared to the runners-up, the Ulster Conservatives and Unionists (9,050 votes). The seat had been vacant since the resignation of fellow DUP MP Iris Robinson on 13 January 2010.
- Jim Shannon MP MLA DUP
- Jim Shannon laughs off least sexy MP rating BBC News
- Strangford: Jim Shannon keeps Iris seat for the DUP BBC News, 7 May 2010
- Northern Ireland Assembly, note 14
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Strangford
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Strangford
1998 - 2010