Jim Rodgers (politician)

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Jim Rodgers
Lord Mayor Bill Rodgers.jpg
52nd Lord Mayor of Belfast
In office
Preceded by Pat McCarthy
Succeeded by Tom Hartley
Constituency Belfast East
46th Lord Mayor of Belfast
In office
Preceded by Sammy Wilson
Succeeded by Alex Maskey
Personal details
Born Belfast
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
Religion Methodist[1]

Jim Rodgers OBE is a politician from Northern Ireland who has twice been Lord Mayor of Belfast.[2]

In 1996 he was elected to the Northern Ireland Peace Forum for East Belfast. Rodgers stood in the 1998, 2003 and 2007 Northern Ireland Assembly elections for East Belfast but was unsuccessful on each occasion. He is a councillor for Victoria DEA on Belfast City Council and was elected as Lord Mayor of Belfast in 2001 [1]. Rodgers was again elected Lord Mayor in 2007, he had the backing of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) group on the council and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).

Currently Rodgers is Chairman of Belfast Education and Library Board, Ex-Chairman of Belfast District Policing Partnership. He is also a member of the Sports Council and Northern Ireland Events Company. He is also a director of Glentoran FC.

At a DPP meeting in Short Strand Community centre on 15 June 2009 he claimed he had been attacked with eggs and stones by members of the IRSP.[3]

Powers and duties[edit]

  • In times of natural disaster the Lord Mayor may direct resources such as Police, Fire and Ambulance as he or she sees fit
  • presiding over meetings of the council and, in the case of equality of votes, the Lord Mayor *has a second or casting vote
  • promoting and raising awareness of the council’s main objectives and priority issues
  • encouraging and supporting all aspects of life in Belfast by attending civic and public events
  • receiving distinguished visitors to the city
  • acting as host on behalf of the council and the citizens of Belfast at civic functions
  • acting as a spokesperson to the local, national and international media
  • providing an appropriate response on behalf of Belfast at times of local, national and international catastrophe
  • supporting and encouraging charitable and other appeals as appropriate
  • promoting Belfast's business, commercial, cultural and social life
  • promoting Belfast as a place of excellence in which to do business and as a tourist destination.



  1. ^ "Backlash to Methodist Covenant apology", newsletter.co.uk; accessed 20 October 2015.
  2. ^ Profile, bbc.co.uk; accessed 20 October 2015.
  3. ^ Eggs and Stones thrown at Jim Rodgers, bbc.co.uk; accessed 20 October 2015.
  4. ^ Belfast City Council. Councillors. Lord Mayor

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Margaret Crooks
Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast
Succeeded by
Bob Stoker
Preceded by
Sammy Wilson
Lord Mayor of Belfast
2001 - 02
Succeeded by
Alex Maskey
Preceded by
Pat McCarthy
Lord Mayor of Belfast
2007 - 08
Succeeded by
Tom Hartley