Jack Allen (politician)

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Jack Allen is a former politician in Northern Ireland. Working as a businessman, Allen became a member of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP). He was elected to Londonderry City Council. In 1974-75, he served as Mayor of Derry.[1]

Allen was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, 1982, representing Londonderry.[2] The following year, he became the Honorary Treasurer of the UUP.[3] In June 1984, Allen was appointed to the prominent role of Chairman of the Devolution Report Committee within the Assembly.

In this position, he wrote three times to leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party John Hume proposing discussions, but was rebuffed.[4] In 1984, amid a dispute about the name of the city council, Allen was defeated in a by-election for a ward on the city council.[5]

Allen headed the UUP list in Foyle for the Northern Ireland Forum election of 1996, but failed to be elected.[6] At the 1998 Northern Ireland Assembly election, he was again unsuccessful in Foyle, despite coming fourth on first preference votes in the six seat constituency.[7] During this period, he was the chairman of the Foyle Ulster Unionist constituency association.[8]

Allen stood down as UUP treasurer in 2005, citing ill health.[3]


  1. ^ The North/South Implementation Bodies, Commissioners of Irish Lights
  2. ^ Londonderry 1973-1982, Northern Ireland Elections
  3. ^ a b "Health sees treasurer leave party", BBC News, 6 September 2005.
  4. ^ Cornelius O'Leary, Sydney Elliott and R. A. Wilford, The Northern Ireland Assembly 1982-1986: A Constitutional Experiment
  5. ^ History of the DUP's Londonderry Branch, Democratic Unionist Party
  6. ^ 1996 Forum Elections: Candidates in Foyle, Northern Ireland Elections
  7. ^ Foyle, Northern Ireland Elections
  8. ^ "Unionists to meet Apprentice Boys Governor", Belfast Telegraph, 1 April 1997
Northern Ireland Assembly (1982)
Preceded by
New creation
MPA for Londonderry
1982 - 1986
Succeeded by
Assembly abolished
Civic offices
Preceded by
Raymond McClean
Mayor of Londonderry
1974 - 1975
Succeeded by
Ivor Canavan
Party political offices
Preceded by
Honorary Treasurer of the Ulster Unionist Party
1983 - 2005
Succeeded by
Lord Maginnis