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|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast North
25 June 1998 – 26 November 2003
|Preceded by||New Creation|
|Succeeded by||Nelson McCausland|
|Political party||Ulster Unionist Party
United Unionist Coalition
|Alma mater||University of Ulster|
After growing up in Ballyclare, Agnew studied at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Belfast Technical College and the College of Business Studies. He worked as a writer and architectural draughtsperson and was elected to Newtownabbey Borough Council as an Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) representative in 1980. Agnew was also elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, 1982.
In 1990, Agnew served as the Mayor of Newtownabbey. In the early 1990s, he left the UUP and was later re-elected as an independent Unionist. He was elected under this label at the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1998, when he formed the United Unionist Coalition (UUC) with other anti-Good Friday Agreement unionists.
All three members of the UUC, including Agnew, lost their seats at the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2003. He held his council seat for the UUC in 2005. In March 2007, he was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Newtownabbey. In January 2011, he rejoined the UUP. Tom Elliot, leader of the UUP had this to say regarding his decision: “I strongly believe that voters across the province will return, like Fraser, to their natural Ulster Unionist home and I am looking forward to making sure that the UUP becomes the party of choice for all shades of progressive Unionist opinion."
|Mayor of Newtownabbey
1990 - 1991
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Belfast North
1998 - 2003
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