Paul Givan

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Paul Givan
MLA
Paul Givan DUP.jpg
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Lagan Valley
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 2010
Preceded by Jeffrey Donaldson
Personal details
Born (1981-10-12) 12 October 1981 (age 32)
Lisburn, County Antrim
Nationality British
Political party Democratic Unionist Party
Alma mater University of Ulster
Religion Protestant
For the Privy Council member, see Sir Frederick Paul Girvan (judge)
For similarly named Unionist politician, see Paul Girvan

Paul Jonathan Givan (born 12 October 1981) is a unionist politician in Northern Ireland. He was co-opted in June 2010 to the Northern Ireland Assembly as a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) member for Lagan Valley, replacing the previous MLA, Jeffrey Donaldson, MP.[1] He was elected to the Assembly at the 2011 election.

Givan was educated at Laurelhill Community College, and is a graduate of the University of Ulster where he obtained a degree in Business Studies and completed an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice. He was first elected to Lisburn City Council in 2005, at 23 years of age;[2] he is a creationist[3] and was responsible for a motion calling for schools in Lisburn to teach alternatives to the theory of evolution[4]

Givan serves on the Board of Governors of Pond Park and Ballymacash Primary Schools and is also a member of the District Police Partnership.

In 2014, a formal complaint was made by prostitute Laura Lee, for his treatment of her after she had been invited to appear at a hearing to discuss proposed changes to prostitution legislation in Northern Ireland. Mr Givan asked her how much she charged and controversially, accused her of exploiting disabled people for not giving them discounts.[5]

References[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Jeffrey Donaldson
MLA for Lagan Valley
2010 -
Succeeded by
Incumbent