|Member of Parliament
for Belfast East
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Peter Robinson|
|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast East
26 November 2003 – 5 July 2010
|Preceded by||John Alderdice|
|Succeeded by||Chris Lyttle|
|54th Lord Mayor of Belfast|
June 2009 – June 2010
|Preceded by||Tom Hartley (Sinn Féin)|
|Succeeded by||Pat Convery (SDLP)|
|Born||Naomi Rachel Johnston
13 December 1971
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Alma mater||Queen's University Belfast|
|Website||Naomi Long's Website|
Naomi Long MP (born 13 December 1971) is a Northern Irish politician. She is a member of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland and currently its deputy leader. She represents Belfast East in the United Kingdom House of Commons, and previously represented the same constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. She served as only the second elected woman Lord Mayor of Belfast (2009–10).
Born Naomi Rachel Johnston in East Belfast, she attended Mersey Street Primary and Bloomfield Collegiate School. She graduated from Queen's University of Belfast as a civil engineer in 1994, worked in structural engineering consultancy for two years, held a research and training post at Queen's University for three years, and went back into consultancy (environmental and hydraulic engineering) for four years. She is married to Michael Long, and is a member of Bloomfield Presbyterian Church.
She first took political office in 2001 when she was elected to Belfast City Council for the Victoria ward. She became an Assembly member for East Belfast in the 2003 election and within three years became deputy leader of the party. Despite her higher profile, she maintained her interest in local government and became only the second female Lord Mayor of Belfast in 2009.
In 2003, Long was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for Belfast East, succeeding her fellow party member John Alderdice. In 2006, she was named deputy leader of her party. At the 2007 Assembly election, she more than doubled the party's vote in the constituency, being placed second ahead of the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party. The overall UUP vote, however, was 22%. At 18.8%, her vote share was higher than that for Alderdice in 1998.
On 1 June 2009, she was elected as Lord Mayor of Belfast, defeating William Humphrey (Democratic Unionist Party) by 26 votes to 24 in a vote at a council meeting. She became the second woman to hold the post, after Grace Bannister (1981–82).
On 6 May 2010, she defeated Peter Robinson, First Minister of Northern Ireland and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, to become Member of Parliament (MP) for Belfast East in the House of Commons.
She became the first MP elected to Westminster for the Alliance Party (previously, Stratton Mills, a former Ulster Unionist Party MP, had changed parties to Alliance). Long became the first liberal-affiliated MP elected to Westminster in Northern Ireland since James Brown Dougherty in Londonderry City in 1914. Despite the close relationship between the Alliance Party and the Liberal Democrats, Long does not sit with the government nor take the coalition whip.
On 10 December 2012 Long received a number of death threats along with petrol bomb being thrown inside an unmarked police car guarding her constituency office. This violence erupted as a reaction by loyalists to Alliance party members of Belfast City Council decision to vote in favour of restricting the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall to 17 specific days throughout the year.
- Official biography
- Alliance profile of Long
- "BBC News - Who is Naomi Long?". BBC News. BBC News. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- "Naomi Long elected Belfast Mayor", UTV News
- "Naomi Long beats Peter Robinson to win in East Belfast"
- "Alliance must clarify precise relationship with LibDems" by Ian James Parsley, 12 December 2010. Accessed 16 December 2010.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Belfast East
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Belfast East
|Party political offices|
|Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
|Lord Mayor of Belfast