Gordon Mawhinney

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Gordon Hugh Mawhinney (born 4 January 1943) is a former politician in Northern Ireland.

Mawhinney married Maureen Gribben (born 5 January 1943) on 4 April 1967.[1] In 1981, Mawhinney stood for the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland in Newtownabbey District "C", but was not elected.[2] However, he was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, 1982, in South Antrim.[3] He stood in the equivalent Westminster constituency at the 1983 general election, receiving 11.9% of the votes cast, and increased his share to 16.0% at the 1987 general election, in which he took second place.[4]

In 1987, Mawhinney was elected as Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party,[1] a position which he held until he resigned in 1991, claiming "health and business reasons".[5] In 1989, he finally won a seat on Newtownabbey Borough Council, in Manse Road[6] In 1993, he instead won a University seat, but he did not restand in 1997.[7]


  1. ^ a b Who's who in European Politics (1982, p406)
  2. ^ The Local Government Elections 1973-1981: Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland Elections
  3. ^ South Antrim 1973-82, Northern Ireland Elections
  4. ^ South Antrim 1983-1992, Northern Ireland Elections
  5. ^ Sydney Elliott and William D. Flackes, Northern Ireland: A Political Directory, 1968-1999
  6. ^ Local Government Elections 1985 - 1989: Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland Elections
  7. ^ Newtownabbey Borough Council Elections 1993-2005, Northern Ireland Elections
Northern Ireland Assembly (1982)
Preceded by
New creation
MPA for South Antrim
1982 - 1986
Succeeded by
Assembly abolished
Party political offices
Preceded by
Addie Morrow
Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
1987 - 91
Succeeded by
Seamus Close