|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Antrim East
25 June 1998 – 26 November 2003
|Preceded by||New Creation|
|Succeeded by||Sammy Wilson|
|Born||28 June 1952|
|Political party||Democratic Unionist Party|
|UK Unionist Party (until 1999)
Northern Ireland Unionist Party (until 2000)
Hutchinson was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 for the UK Unionist Party (UKUP) in East Antrim. With three of the other four UKUP members in the Assembly, he left in January 1999, disagreeing with leader Robert McCartney's policy of resigning from the Assembly should Sinn Féin become part of the power sharing executive. They formed the Northern Ireland Unionist Party (NIUP).
At the end of 1999, Hutchinson was expelled from the NIUP for accepting seats on two statutory committees, against party policy. He then sat as an independent Unionist. In November 2000, he joined the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), and he was elected to Newtownabbey Borough Council for the DUP in 2001. He officially became part of the DUP Assembly group in April 2002. However, he resigned from the DUP before the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2003, in which he stood in East Antrim as an independent, failing to be elected.
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|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Antrim East
1998 - 2003
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