Roy Bradford

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Roy Hamilton Bradford (7 July 1921 - 2 September 1998) was a Unionist politician in Northern Ireland and a government minister in both the Parliament of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly, 1973.

Born in Ligoniel in Belfast, Bradford studied at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Trinity College Dublin. He then worked in British Army intelligence before moving to London, where he worked for the BBC and ITV. In 1960, he published a novel, Excelsior.[1]

At the Northern Ireland general election, 1965, Bradford was elected for the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in Belfast Victoria, defeating David Bleakley MP of the Northern Ireland Labour Party. In 1966, he was appointed Assistant Whip, then in 1968, Chief Whip. From 1969, he was the Minister of Commerce, then from 1971 to 1972, Minister of Development.[1]

At the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1973, Bradford was elected in Belfast East. He sided in favour of the Sunningdale Agreement and remained loyal to Brian Faulkner, and was Minister in charge of the Department of the Environment until June 1974. He stood unsuccessfully in North Down at the February 1974 UK general election. He followed Brian Faulkner into the Unionist Party of Northern Ireland after the collapse of the power-sharing executive, but in June, he returned to the UUP. He was not elected to the 1975 Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention.[1]

In 1982, Bradford completed a second novel, Last Ditch, and in 1989, he was elected to North Down Borough Council where he joined his wife Hazel in the UUP group. He worked as a journalist, writing an influential weekly column in the Belfast News Letter and also served as a councillor and Mayor of North Down.[1]

His papers were deposited in the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). Roy and Hazel Bradford's son, Conor, is a presenter on Good Morning Ulster for BBC Northern Ireland.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bradford, Roy", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ New day for Good Morning Ulster's Conor Bradford, The News Letter, 27 August 2009
Parliament of Northern Ireland
Preceded by
David Bleakley
Member of Parliament for Belfast Victoria
1965 - 1973
Succeeded by
Position prorogued 1972
Parliament abolished 1973
Party political offices
Preceded by
Isaac George Hawthorne
Unionist Assistant Whip
1966–1967
Succeeded by
vacant
Preceded by
vacant
Unionist Chief Whip
1968–1969
Succeeded by
John Dobson
Political offices
Preceded by
Isaac George Hawthorne
Assistant Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Finance
1966–1967
Succeeded by
vacant
Preceded by
vacant
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Finance
1968–1969
Succeeded by
vacant
Preceded by
Brian Faulkner
Minister of Commerce and Production
1969–1971
Succeeded by
Robin Bailie
Preceded by
Brian Wilson
Mayor of North Down
1994 - 95
Succeeded by
Susan O'Brien