John McQuade

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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 Stormont Parliament for Belfast Woodvale from 1965 to 28 March 1972, when he resigned in protest at the prorogation of the Parliament.[1]

He had resigned from the UUP and joined the Democratic Unionist Party in October 1971. 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.

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  1. ^ "The Stormont Papers - View Volumes". Stormontpapers.ahds.ac.uk. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  2. ^ "The Stormont Papers - View Volumes". Stormontpapers.ahds.ac.uk. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  3. ^ "The Stormont Papers - View Volumes". Stormontpapers.ahds.ac.uk. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 

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Parliament of Northern Ireland
Preceded by
Billy Boyd
Member of Parliament for Belfast Woodvale
1965 - 1972
Succeeded by
Position prorogued 1972
Parliament abolished 1973
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Carson
Member of Parliament for Belfast North
19791983
Succeeded by
Cecil Walker