Michael Armstrong (politician)

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Michael Armstrong (1924–1982) was a Northern Irish politician, barrister and soldier.

Born in France, Armstrong studied law at Cambridge University and practised as a barrister before embarking on a military career.[1] At the outbreak of the Second World War he enlisted as an officer in the Irish Guards and retired as a captain in 1945, having served with the Allied occupation government of Germany.[1] He subsequently served with the Ulster Special Constabulary and was a district commander in this group when it was disbanded in 1970. He was then a commander in the County Armagh company of the Ulster Defence Regiment until 1974.[1]

Armstrong was a member of the Ulster Unionist Party and in 1975 was elected as a delegate to the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention for Armagh.[1] He also served as honorary secretary of the Ulster Unionist Council as UUP spokesman on defence and security issues.[1]

He was killed in a car crash in 1982.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f W.D. Flackes & Sydney Elliott, Northern Ireland: A Political Directory 1968-1993, The Blackstaff Press, 1994, p. 90