George Green (politician)

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George Green was a unionist politician in Northern Ireland.

Green was the chairman of the Ulster Special Constabulary Association (USCA), a group which focussed on opposition to the Irish Republican Army.[1] He was elected to North Down Borough Council in 1973 as an independent loyalist.[2]

At the 1973 Northern Ireland Assembly election, Green stood in North Down for the Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party, but he was not elected.[3] Through his role in the USCA, he was a prominent leader of the Ulster Workers' Council strike,[1] and was able to gain election to the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention.[3] Soon after, he left Vanguard to join the United Ulster Unionist Party split,[1] but this was collapsing by 1980, and Green instead joined James Kilfedder's Ulster Popular Unionist Party, for which he very narrowly missed being elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, 1982.[3]

Green left the Popular Unionists, and was re-elected at the 1985 local elections for the Ulster Unionist Party, then in 1989[4] and 1993 for the Conservatives in Northern Ireland, standing down in 1997.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Henry Patterson and Eric P. Kaufmann, Unionism and Orangeism in Northern Ireland Since 1945, p.185
  2. ^ The Local Government Elections 1973-1981: North Down", Northern Ireland Elections
  3. ^ a b c North Down 1973-1982, Northern Ireland Elections
  4. ^ Local Government Elections 1985 - 1989: North Down, Northern Ireland Elections]
  5. ^ North Down Borough Council Elections 1993-2005, Northern Ireland Elections
Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention
Preceded by
New creation
Member for North Down
1975 - 1976
Succeeded by
Convention dissolved