Chris Lyttle

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Chris Lyttle
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast East
Assumed office
5 July 2010
Preceded by Naomi Long
Personal details
Born (1981-01-19) 19 January 1981 (age 37)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Political party Alliance
Residence Belfast, Northern Ireland
Alma mater Queen's University Belfast
Harvard University

Chris Lyttle (born 19 January 1981)[1] is an Alliance Party of Northern Ireland politician who has been a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Belfast East (Assembly constituency) since 2010. He succeeded Naomi Long MP as Alliance Party MLA for Belfast East on 5 July 2010 and was elected to serve the constituency for another term on 7 May 2011.[2]

Born and raised in East Belfast, Lyttle attended Belmont and Strandtown Primary Schools, Sullivan, and Queen's University Belfast, where he received a First Class Honours Degree in Government and Politics. Lyttle was awarded a Helen Ramsey Turtle Scholarship for Conflict Management study at the University of California and a Frank Knox Fellowship for postgraduate training in Public Policy & Administration at Harvard University. He is also an alumnus of the Washington Ireland Program.[3]

Lyttle’s professional experience includes work as Northern Ireland Assembly Constituency & Research Assistant to Alliance Party Deputy Leader, Naomi Long. He is known for his service to community organisations, business owners and other groups on a wide range of issues such as; housing, education, health, planning, employment and community safety. He has also served as Deputy Chair of the East Belfast District Policing Partnership and is a qualified Irish Football Association UEFA B Licence and Disability Football Coach, and is an active member of his local church.[3]

Lyttle was Deputy Chair of the Assembly Committee with responsibility for the scrutiny of the policy of the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister. These include the Programme for Government, the Investment Strategy, Community Relations, Social Investment, Equality, Community Development, Children & Young People and Older People.[4] Since May 2016, he has been vice-chair of the Assembly Committee on Education.

Lyttle chairs the All Party Group (APG) on Cycling and the APG on Children and Young People, as well as vice chairs the APG on Postal Issues. He is a member of the following APG groups: Fairtrade, International Development, Trade Unions, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Football, Heart Disease & Stroke, Science and Technology, Human Trafficking, Rugby, UNSCR 1325 Women, Peace and Security, Learning Disability, Cancer, Visual Impairment, Autism, Community and Voluntary Sector, and Ethnic Minority Communities.[5]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "BBC News - Election 2011 - Northern Ireland - East Belfast". 11 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Chris Lyttle MLA: Leading change in East Belfast". Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 March 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 

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Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Naomi Long
MLA for Belfast East