Ivan Davis (politician)

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Ivan Davis
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Lagan Valley
In office
25 June 1998 – 26 November 2003
Preceded by New Creation
Succeeded by Norah Beare
Personal details
Born (1937-04-16) 16 April 1937 (age 78)
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
Religion Protestant
Other organizations Orange Order member,
Apprentice Boys member,
Lisburn Citizens Advice Bureau member,
Lisburn Sports Advisory Council member,
Partnership of Peace & Reconciliation Committee member,
Lisburn Swimming Club vice-president,
Lisburn Amateur Boxing Club vice-president

Ivan Davis (born 16 April 1937) is a Unionist politician in Northern Ireland.

Born in Lisburn, Davis was elected to Lisburn Borough Council in 1973, representing the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). He was also elected to represent South Antrim at the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1982.

In 1987, Davis resigned from the DUP and instead joined the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP). Under this new party label, he served as Mayor of Lisburn from 1991 - 93. He was also elected for Lagan Valley at the Northern Ireland Forum election in 1996 (with Jeffrey Donaldson and David Campbell), and narrowly held this seat at the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1998. During the course of the Assembly he became UUP chief whip.

Lagan Valley UUP controversially did not select Davis as a candidate for the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2003,[1] so he resigned and stood instead as an independent Unionist.[2] He received 2,223 first-preference votes, but this did not prove sufficient to see him elected despite polling more first preferences than one successful candidate.[3]

Despite this, Davis continues to sit as a UUP member, and leader of the UUP group, on Lisburn City Council.



Political offices
Preceded by
Mayor of Lisburn
1991 - 1993
Succeeded by
Seamus Close
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Lagan Valley
1998 - 2003
Succeeded by
Norah Beare