John McQuade

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John McQuade
Member of Parliament
for Belfast North
In office
3 May 1979 – 9 June 1983
Preceded byJohn Carson
Succeeded byCecil Walker
Personal details
Born(1911-09-11)11 September 1911
Died19 November 1984(1984-11-19) (aged 73)
Political partyDemocratic Unionist Party

John McQuade (9 August 1911 – 19 November 1984), known as Johnny McQuade, was a Northern Ireland politician. He was a professional boxer under the name of Jack Higgins.

After serving with the British Army in Dunkirk and Burma, he was an Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) member of Belfast City Council from 1955 to 1972. He was a UUP Member of the House of Commons of Northern Ireland for Belfast Woodvale (Greater Shankill) from 1965 to October 1971, when he resigned from the UUP and joined the Democratic Unionist Party. On 28 March 1972 (the last day the Parliament sat), he resigned his parliamentary seat in protest at the prorogation of the Parliament.[1]

In February 1972, in response to the escalating violence in Northern Ireland, he called for the British security forces to take over the town of Newry and for the border with the Republic of Ireland to be closed,[2] stating his belief that the Roman Catholic Church controlled the government of the Republic of Ireland.[3]

He contested the February and October 1974 Westminster elections unsuccessfully for Belfast West (UK Parliament constituency). He was elected as Member of Parliament for Belfast North from 1979 to 1983, when he retired. He died on 19 November 1984.


  1. ^ "The Stormont Papers – View Volumes". Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  2. ^ "The Stormont Papers – View Volumes". Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  3. ^ "The Stormont Papers – View Volumes". Retrieved 12 July 2010.


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Parliament of Northern Ireland
Preceded by
Billy Boyd
Member of Parliament for Belfast Woodvale
Parliament abolished
Northern Ireland Assembly (1973)
New assembly Assembly Member for North Belfast
Assembly abolished
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Carson
Member of Parliament for Belfast North
Succeeded by
Cecil Walker