Fraser Agnew

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Fraser Agnew
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast North
In office
25 June 1998 – 26 November 2003
Preceded by New Creation
Succeeded by Nelson McCausland
Personal details
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
United Unionist Coalition
Alma mater University of Ulster

William Alexander Fraser Agnew, known as Fraser Agnew, is a politician in Northern Ireland.

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.[1] He was elected under this label at the 1998 Northern Ireland Assembly election, 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 2003 Assembly election. He held his council seat for the UUC in 2005.[2] In March 2007, he was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Newtownabbey.[3] In January 2011, he rejoined the UUP.[4] 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."[5]


  1. ^ Dr Nicholas Whyte. "Newtownabbey Council Elections 1993-2005". Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived 26 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine.‹The template Wayback is being considered for merging.› 
  3. ^ [2] Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.‹The template Wayback is being considered for merging.› 
  4. ^ "Agnew comes home to UUP", Ulster Unionist Party, 28 January 2011
  5. ^ "Newtownabbey Times Fraser Agnew Article". Newtown Abbey. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Mayor of Newtownabbey
1990 - 1991
Succeeded by
Ken Robinson
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Belfast North
1998 - 2003
Succeeded by
Nelson McCausland