John Dobson (Northern Ireland politician)

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John Dobson (born 7 May 1929) is a former solicitor and unionist politician in Northern Ireland.

Born in Lurgan, Dobson studied at Lurgan College and Trinity College Dublin. He joined the Ulster Unionist Party and was elected to Banbridge Urban District Council in 1961, serving until 1967. In 1965, he was elected to the Northern Ireland House of Commons, representing West Down. From 1968 he served as Chairman of the backbench grouping, the 66 Committee, standing down the following year, when he was appointed Minister and Leader of the House of Commons, a post he held until 1971.[1]


Parliament of Northern Ireland
Preceded by
David John Little
Member of Parliament for West Down
Parliament abolished
Party political offices
Preceded by
Dinah McNabb
Chairman of the 66 Committee
Succeeded by
Joseph Burns
Preceded by
Roy Bradford
Ulster Unionist Chief Whip
Succeeded by
John Brooke
Political offices
Preceded by
James Chichester-Clark
Minister and Leader of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Nat Minford