David Simpson (Northern Ireland politician)

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David Simpson
MP
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Member of Parliament
for Upper Bann
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by David Trimble
Majority 7,992 (15.6%)
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Upper Bann
In office
26 November 2003 – 1 July 2010
Preceded by Mervyn Carrick
Succeeded by Sydney Anderson
Personal details
Born Thomas David Simpson
(1959-02-16) 16 February 1959 (age 59)
Moy, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party Democratic Unionist
Spouse(s) Elaine Simpson
Children Kristy
Steven
Leah
Residence Annaghmore, County Armagh
Alma mater College of Business Studies
Occupation Politician
Profession Businessman
Website David Simpson MP

Thomas David Simpson (born 16 February 1959) is a Democratic Unionist (DUP) politician in the United Kingdom. He is the Member of Parliament for Upper Bann in Northern Ireland.

Political career[edit]

Simpson was first elected to Craigavon Borough Council in 2001 and served as mayor in 2004-2005. In the 2001 general election Simpson stood unsuccessfully against Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble in the parliamentary constituency of Upper Bann. In 2003 he was elected a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Upper Bann.

In Parliament[edit]

Simpson won the parliamentary seat from Trimble in the 2005 general election and retained his council seat. He was re-elected to the Assembly in 2007 but resigned from the Assembly and from Craigavon Borough Council after being returned to Westminster in the 2010 general election.[1]

Simpson used parliamentary privilege in 2007 to accuse Sinn Féin MLA Francie Molloy of involvement in the 1979 killing of Simpson's cousin, a former police officer. He alleged that Molloy had been an informer working for the British state within the IRA. Molloy denied both claims.[2]

Simpson was a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and the Commons Committee on Statutory Instruments (2006-2009).[3] and the Transport Select Committee (2007-2009). He joined the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee in 2009.[3]

He has been DUP Spokesperson on Trade and Industry (2005-2007), Transport (2007-2009), Young People (2007-2010), International Development (2007-2010), and Business, Innovation and Skills (2009 to present), Communities and Local Government (2010 to present) and Education (2012 to present).[3]

Simpson is chairman of the DUP Upper Bann Constituency Association[citation needed] and is a member of the Orange Order, in which he is Deputy Master of Loughgall District. He is a proponent of creationism,[4] and his former election agent and constituency assistant, David McConaghie, who had played a key role in Simpson's 2005 election victory, was until late 2012 a prominent spokesperson for the Caleb Foundation which represented creationist and socially conservative evangelical Protestant views.

He spoke and voted against[5] the UK Government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February 2013 stating that "this is not the jurisdiction of this house [...] this is an ordained constitution of God, and that'll end in 'In the garden of Eden it was Adam and Eve it wasn't Adam and Steve.'"[6] The Bill covers England and Wales as family law is devolved in Northern Ireland.

Simpson is also a supporter of homeopathy, having signed several early day motions in support of its continued funding on the National Health Service sponsored by Conservative MP David Tredinnick.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Simpson went to the Birches Primary School six miles north-west of Portadown, and then to Killicomaine Junior High School in Portadown. He later studied at the College of Business Studies in Belfast (now Belfast Metropolitan College) and worked in the Universal Meat Company in Portadown. Simpson is married with a son and two daughters, and lives in Portadown. He is also involved in youth work and drugs rehabilitation programmes.

In 2018 Simpson has reported left his marital home, as his wife’s request, after she accused him of having an affair. In June of that year, Simpson also resigned as a member of the orange order.

References[edit]

  1. ^ NI Assembly membership, note 13 Archived 17 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Sinn Féin selects its Mid Ulster candidate", The Irish News, 13 December 2012
  3. ^ a b c Parliamentary biography Archived 2 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Lesley-Anne Henry (2007-09-26). "Tussle of Biblical proportions over creationism in Ulster classrooms – Education – News – Belfast Telegraph". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  5. ^ British MPs back gay marriage legislation, Irish Times, 6 February 2013
  6. ^ Video on YouTube
  7. ^ Tredinnick, David (2010-06-29). "Early Day Motion No. 284 British Medical Association Motions on Homeopathy".

External links[edit]

Civic offices
Preceded by
Ignatius Fox
Mayor of Craigavon
2004–2005
Succeeded by
George Savage
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Mervyn Carrick
MLA for Upper Bann
2003–2010
Succeeded by
Sidney Anderson
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Trimble
Member of Parliament for Upper Bann
2005–present
Incumbent