Mervyn Storey

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Mervyn Storey
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Minister for Social Development
Assumed office
23 September 2014
Preceded by Nelson McCausland
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for North Antrim
Assumed office
26 November 2003
Preceded by James Leslie
Personal details
Born (1964-09-04) 4 September 1964 (age 50)
Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party Democratic Unionist Party
Spouse(s) Christine
Children 3
Residence Ballymoney, County Antrim
Religion Free Presbyterian

Cllr Mervyn Storey MLA is a Northern Ireland politician and a Democratic Unionist Party MLA for North Antrim.[1]

On 23 September 2014, Storey became the Minister for Social Development in the Northern Ireland Executive.


Mervyn Storey is a former member of the Fire Authority for Northern Ireland. Storey was elected to Ballymoney council in 2001 and again in 2005. He is a member of the Ballymoney Local Strategy Partnership and Regional Partnership for Northern Ireland. In 2000 he served as campaign manager for William McCrea's by-election for South Antrim and also in 2001 for Gregory Campbell and Ian Paisley's elections in East Londonderry and North Antrim respectively. All three campaigns were successful.

He was elected in 2003 election to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Storey is currently chairman of the Northern Ireland Assembly Education Committee. As a young earth creationist, and a member of the "Council of Reference" of the creationist Caleb Foundation,[2] he petitioned the then Northern Irish education minister, Caitriona Ruane, to have intelligent design taught in schools in Northern Ireland, as well as objecting to an exhibition on evolution in the Ulster Museum and signs at the Giants Causeway in his North Antrim constituency.[3][4][5]

He is an Independent Orange Order member, Apprentice Boys member as well as belonging to the Protestant Knights of Malta member and being Caleb Foundation vice-chairman.


  1. ^ "Ballymoney Times - Storey congratulates A-level students". The Ballymoney Times. The Ballymoney Times. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Caleb Foundation website
  3. ^ Oh, for a honeymoon, The Economist, 26 June 2008, retrieved 13 February 2009
  4. ^ Darwin display at museum angers creationist MLA, The Belfast Telegraph, 13 February 2009, retrieved 13 February 2009
  5. ^ Belfast museum faces legal battle over Charles Darwin exhibition, The Guardian, 12 February 2009, retrieved 20 May 2009
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
James Leslie
MLA for North Antrim
2003 -
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Nelson McCausland
Minister for Social Development
Succeeded by