Frank Millar Jr

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Frank Millar is a Northern Irish journalist and former unionist politician.

The son of Frank Millar, also a unionist politician, he was known as "Frank Millar Jr" during his early political career. He joined the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), and remained a member when his father left the organisation to sit as an independent Unionist.

Millar was the Press Officer of the UUP during the early 1980s.[1] He stood unsuccessfully for 1982 Northern Ireland Assembly in South Antrim.[2] However, he was elected to that body in 1984 in an uncontested by-election in Belfast South caused by the IRA murder of Edgar Graham.[3]

In 1983, Millar became the General Secretary of the UUP.[1] At the 1987 UK general election, he stood in Belfast West, receiving 18.7% of the votes cast.[4] The same year, he worked with UUP MP Harold McCusker and the DUP's Peter Robinson to produce a report on power sharing, following a positive report on the topic by the Ulster Political Research Group. The Task Force Report gave serious consideration to the idea, and called for a strategic unionist rethink in the wake of the Anglo-Irish Agreement. It was rejected by their respective leaders, Ian Paisley and James Molyneaux. Millar then resigned from his party post.[5]

Millar subsequently became a journalist and has long been the London Editor of the Irish Times. In 1998, he was named the Irish Print Journalist of the Year. In 2004, he wrote a biography of UUP leader David Trimble, entitled David Trimble: The Price of Peace.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Graham S. Walker, A History of the Ulster Unionist Party: Protest, Pragmatism And Pessimism
  2. ^ South Antrim 1973-1982, Northern Ireland Elections
  3. ^ South Belfast 1973-1984, Northern Ireland Elections
  4. ^ UK Parliamentary Election results: 1983-97: Northern Irish Boroughs
  5. ^ Brendan O'Leary and John McGarry, The Northern Ireland Conflict: Consociational Engagements
  6. ^ "David Trimble by Frank Millar", Global-Investor Bookshop
Northern Ireland Assembly (1982)
Preceded by
Edgar Graham
MPA for South Belfast
1983–1986
Assembly abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Norman Hutton
General Secretary of the Ulster Unionist Party
1983–1987
Succeeded by
Jim Wilson