May Beattie

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May Beattie (born c. 1950) is a unionist politician in Northern Ireland.

Born in Carrickfergus, Beattie became involved in politics by assisting the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) during elections. She became a party member in the early 1990s,[1] and first stood for election to Carrickfergus Borough Council at the 1993 Northern Ireland local elections.[2]

Although unsuccessful, she was elected for the DUP in East Antrim at the Northern Ireland Forum election in 1996, and sat on the forum's health committee.[1][3] She gained a seat on Carrickfergus council in 1997, and held this in 2001, 2005 and 2011.[2] She served as Mayor of Carrickfergus in 2003–4 and sits on a large number of committees. She is currently serving as an alderman.[4]

Beattie has also served as secretary for the DUP's East Antrim branch and for the East Antrim Imperial Association, and was previously a member of the Association of Loyal Orangewomen of Ireland.[1]

In the 2019 Northern Ireland local elections she unsuccessfully ran as a Traditional Unionist Voice candidate in the Knockagh ward for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council [5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rachel Ward, Women, unionism and loyalism in Northern Ireland, p.170
  2. ^ a b "Carrickfergus Borough Council Elections 1993-2011", Northern Ireland Elections
  3. ^ "East Antrim", Northern Ireland Elections
  4. ^ "Alderman May Beattie", Carrickfergus Borough Council
  5. ^ "Candidates"
  6. ^ "Results"
Northern Ireland Forum
New forum Member for East Antrim
1996–1998
Forum dissolved
Civic offices
Preceded by
Eric Ferguson
Mayor of Carrickfergus
2003–2004
Succeeded by
David Hilditch