Thomas Buchanan (Unionist politician)

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Thomas Buchanan
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for West Tyrone
Assumed office
26 November 2003
Preceded by Oliver Gibson
Personal details
Born (1963-06-30) 30 June 1963 (age 51)
Drumquin, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party Democratic Unionist Party
Occupation Contractor
Religion Free Presbyterian

Thomas Buchanan MLA (born 30 July 1963) is a Unionist politician from Northern Ireland and serves as a Democratic Unionist Party MLA for West Tyrone in the Northern Ireland Assembly. He is also one of the DUP's members of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

He was educated at Langfield Primary School, Castlederg Secondary School, and at Omagh Technical College.

In 1993 he was elected to Omagh District Council and became its youngest member and in 2004 was voted Vice Chairman.

He was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2003 being the only member from the DUP for West Tyrone until the 2007 election when he was joined by Allan Bresland who is originally from Donemana and is a member of Strabane District Council.

In July 2010, he complained about a display of bunting inside an Omagh bank that celebrated a success by the Tyrone GAA team. The bank had been sponsoring the Ulster Championship. Buchanan accused the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) of being a political and Irish republican organisation.[1]

On the 25th October 2013 DUP MLA Tom Buchanan told school children attending a public event that homosexuality is an ‘abomination’.[2]

Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Oliver Gibson
MLA for Tyrone, West
2003 -
Succeeded by