Michael Copeland

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Michael Copeland MLA
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast East
Assumed office
5 May 2010
Preceded by Sir Reg Empey
In office
26 November 2003 – 7 March 2007
Preceded by Ian Adamson
Succeeded by Wallace Browne
Personal details
Born (1954-06-23) 23 June 1954 (age 60)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
Spouse(s) Sonia Copeland
Children Sarah
Residence Cherryvalley, Belfast
Alma mater Sandhurst
Occupation Politician
Profession Military Officer
Religion Anglican
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Ulster Defence Regiment
Battles/wars The Troubles

Michael Copeland MLA (born 23 June 1954) is a unionist politician from Northern Ireland.

Copeland was born in Belfast and was educated at Lisnasharragh Primary School, Lisnasharragh Secondary School, Castlereagh College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst becoming a lieutenant of the Ulster Defence Regiment, HM Armed Forces.

Political Career[edit]

Copeland was first elected to Castlereagh Borough Council in 2001 and in May 2002 was elected Deputy Mayor of Castlereagh.

In 2002, he was elected chairman of Castlereagh District Policing Partnership. He later resigned in protest at the treatment of the RUC full-time Reserve. He also served as Director of Castlereagh Local Strategy Partnership.

After defeating incumbent MLA Ian Adamson for the East Belfast UUP nomination for the 2003 Assembly Election he was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly. He was re-selected to stand for the constituency in the elections in 2007 but lost his seat. Copeland remains an extremely active figure in local governmental politics within Northern Ireland: maintaining a keen interest in domestic, socioeconomic and housing problems. He was re-elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly as MLA for East Belfast in the Assembly Elections in May 2011.

A member of the Orange Order and the Royal Black Institution, Copeland has served as the party's Parades spokesman.


Copeland has spoken in favour of sane-sex marriage, saying he "backed the change."[1]


His wife Sonia was elected to Belfast City Council in the Northern Ireland local elections, 2014. [2] She represents the Titanic ward.


  1. ^ McBride, Sam. "Maginnis blasts UUP colleague in gay row". News Letter. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  2. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Ian Adamson
MLA for Belfast East
2003 - 2007
Succeeded by
Wallace Browne
Preceded by
Reg Empey
MLA for Belfast East