|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Iris Robinson|
|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
25 June 1998 – August 2010
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|Succeeded by||Simpson Gibson|
25 March 1955 |
Banbridge, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Democratic Unionist Party|
|Residence||Greyabbey, Northern Ireland|
|Website||Jim Shannon MP|
Shannon was educated at Ballywalter Primary School and Coleraine Academical Institution. He was a soldier in the Ulster Defence Regiment in 1973–1975 and 1976–1977 and was awarded the General Service Medal. He served in the Royal Artillery TA from 1977–88. He is a member of the Orange Order and Apprentice Boys of Derry. He has been voted "least sexiest MP" in a list of all Westminister MPs but laughed off his position at the bottom of the poll.
Shannon was a longstanding councillor, first elected to Ards Borough Council in 1985 and serving as Mayor in 1991–1992. He was elected as a member of the Northern Ireland Forum for Political Dialogue in 1996. Shannon was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for Strangford in 1998 and then re-elected in 2003 and 2007, representing the DUP.
At the 2010 general election Shannon won in his own constituency of Strangford with 14,926 votes compared to the runners-up, the Ulster Conservatives and Unionists (9,050 votes). The seat had been vacant since the resignation of fellow DUP MP Iris Robinson on 13 January 2010. Following his election to Westminster, he resigned his Assembly seat in favour of Simpson Gibson. He also resigned his council in favour of Joe Hagan, who was subsequently deselected.
In 2016, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority announced it was launching a formal investigation into Shannon's expenses. In 2015, he was the highest-claiming MP out of 650, claiming £205,798, not including travel.
- Jim Shannon MP MLA DUP
- Jim Shannon laughs off least sexy MP rating BBC News
- Strangford: Jim Shannon keeps Iris seat for the DUP BBC News, 7 May 2010
- Northern Ireland Assembly, note 14
- Expenses scandal, theguardian.com, 11 January 2016; accessed 28 July 2016.
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Title last held byIris Robinson
|Member of Parliament for Strangford
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|New creation||MLA for Strangford