Simpson Gibson

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Simpson Gibson
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Strangford
In office
2 August 2010 – 24 March 2011
Preceded by Jim Shannon
Succeeded by Mike Nesbitt
Personal details
Born August 1945 (age 69)
Political party DUP

Hugh John Simpson Gibson (born August 1945) is a unionist politician in Northern Ireland.

Gibson studied at Saintfield Secondary School and Shaftesbury House Tutorial College, before working as a farmer and becoming a member of the Orange Order.[1] He joined the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and was elected to Ards Borough Council in 1981.[2] He held his seat until he stood down in 1997,[3] serving as Mayor of Ards in 1987/88.

At the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1982, Gibson was elected in North Down.[4] He contested Strangford at the 1983 UK general election, taking second place, with 30% of the votes cast.[5] In the mid-1990s, he served as Vice-Chairman of the DUP.[6]

In August 2010, Gibson was appointed to the Northern Ireland Assembly as the replacement for Jim Shannon.[7] He did not stand in the 2011 Assembly election in which the DUP held three of its four seats, losing Gibson's to the Ulster Unionist Party.


  1. ^ The Times Guide to the House of Commons, June 1983
  2. ^ The Local Government Elections 1973-1981: Ards, Northern Ireland Elections
  3. ^ Ards Borough Council Elections, 1993-2005, Northern Ireland Elections
  4. ^ North Down 1973-1982, Northern Ireland Elections
  5. ^ Strangford, Northern Ireland Elections
  6. ^ Dod's Parliamentary Companion (1996), p.778
  7. ^ Membership of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Northern Ireland Assembly

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Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Jim Shannon
MLA for Strangford
2010 - 2011
Succeeded by
Mike Nesbitt