Billy Bell (politician)

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Billy Bell
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Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Lagan Valley
In office
25 June 1998 – 7 March 2007
Preceded by New Creation
Succeeded by Basil McCrea
Personal details
Born (1935-10-09) 9 October 1935 (age 81)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
Website Profile,

William Bradshaw "Billy" Bell, OBE, JP (born 9 October 1935), is a Unionist politician from Northern Ireland and former Lord Mayor of Belfast.

He served as a Councillor on Belfast City Council from 1976 to 1985 and was Lord Mayor of Belfast from 1979 to 1980. He also served on Lisburn Council (1989–2007) and was Mayor of the City of Lisburn in 2003, the only person to be mayor of two different cities in the United Kingdom.[citation needed]

He was Personal Assistant to MP Rt Hon Sir James Molyneaux from 1976 to 1997. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention (1975–1976) for North Belfast, and to the Northern Ireland Assembly for the Lagan Valley constituency in 1998 and again in 2003. In 1996 he was an unsuccessful candidate in the Northern Ireland Forum election in Lagan Valley.[1] Bell stood in the 2007 election after re-selection by his party, however he lost his seat to fellow UUP candidate, Basil McCrea.

He was appointed a Justice of the peace in 1985, and is a former member of the Northern Ireland Housing Council.[citation needed]


He is a cousin of the physicist John Stewart Bell.[citation needed]


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Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention
Preceded by
New creation
Member for North Belfast
1975 - 1976
Succeeded by
Convention dissolved
Northern Ireland Assembly (1982)
Preceded by
New creation
MPA for South Antrim
1982 - 1986
Succeeded by
Assembly abolished
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Lagan Valley
1998 - 2007
Succeeded by
Basil McCrea
Civic offices
Preceded by
David Cook
Lord Mayor of Belfast
1979 - 1980
Succeeded by
John Carson
Preceded by
Betty Campbell
Mayor of Lisburn
2002 - 2003
Succeeded by
Cecil Calvert