|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Lagan Valley
25 June 1998 – 19 December 2006
|Preceded by||New Creation|
|Succeeded by||Marietta Farrell|
3 March 1957 |
Belfast, County Down, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Social Democratic and Labour Party|
|Occupation||Commissioner for Children and Young People, Northern Ireland|
Patricia Lewsley (born 3 March 1957) is the current Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People. She was previously a member of the Northern Irish Assembly, and a councillor in Lisburn.
Born in Belfast, Lewsley attended the University of Ulster before working as a cook and an advice worker. She stood unsuccessfully for the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) at the 1997 local elections in Belfast.
In 1998, she was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly representing the Social Democratic and Labour Party in Lagan Valley, a seat she held in 2003. During her time as an MLA she chaired All-Party Assembly Groups on Children and Young People, Disability, Diabetes, Anti-Poverty, and Ethnic minorities. On the day the Assembly was suspended in 2002, she had been due to introduce a Private Members Bill to strengthen child protection arrangements in Northern Ireland, by placing Area Child Protection Committees on a statutory footing.
On 19 December 2006, Lewsley resigned from the Assembly in order to take up a post as Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, and took up that post on 8 January 2007.
Ms Lewsley is a single parent with five children and four grandchildren.
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Lagan Valley
1998 - 2007
|Party political offices|
|Chairperson of the Social Democratic and Labour Party