John Carson (politician)

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John Carson (born 1933) is a former Northern Ireland Ulster Unionist Party politician.

A draper who owned a shop in the interface area of the Duncairn Gardens in north Belfast, Carson was elected to Belfast City Council in 1973.[1] The following year he was elected as a member of the United Ulster Unionist Coalition as Member of Parliament for Belfast North from 1974. However he was de-selected in 1979 after voting in favour of the Labour government in the crucial vote of confidence which they lost.[2]

Despite this, he retained his popularity, topping the local government poll in the electoral area 'H',[1] which included over half of the parliamentary seat. He also topped the poll in North Belfast at the 1982 Assembly elections.[2]

Carson was Lord Mayor of Belfast from 1985–6 and in his capacity as a councillor was sometimes at odds with his party colleagues. For example, he attended a City Hall lunch attended by the then Secretary of State Tom King despite the Unionist policy of boycotting meetings with Government ministers in protest at the Anglo-Irish Agreement.[3] For this he was threatened with expulsion from the UUP, which never happened.[3]

He remained a member of Belfast City Council until 1997 when he lost his seat after 24 consecutive years on the council. [1][4][5]

He married Martha in 1953 and had two daughters. They celebrated their Diamond Anniversary in 2013. [6]


  1. ^ a b c "Local Government Elections 1973 - 1981: Belfast". 
  2. ^ a b "North Belfast 1973-82". 
  3. ^ a b Feargal Cochrane (1997). Unionist Politics and the Politics of Unionism Since the Anglo-Irish Agreement. Cork University Press. p. 186. ISBN 978-1-85918-138-6. 
  4. ^ "Belfast City Council, 1993 - 2011". 
  5. ^ "Local Government Elections 1985-1989: Belfast". 
  6. ^ Amanda Ferguson (3-10-2013). "Former Lord Mayor's diamond day". Belfast Telegraph.  Check date values in: |date= (help)


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