|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Antrim South
25 June 1998 – 26 November 2003
|Preceded by||New Creation|
|Succeeded by||Paul Girvan|
16 October 1961 |
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Northern Ireland Unionist Party|
|UK Unionist Party (until 1999)|
Boyd was born in Belfast and attended Belfast High School and Newtownabbey Technical College before working in banking. At the 1998 Northern Ireland Assembly election, Boyd was elected for the UK Unionist Party (UKUP) to represent South Antrim.
In January 1999, he joined three of the four other UKUP Assembly members in forming the Northern Ireland Unionist Party. He acted as whip for the new group, and was selected to stand for Westminster under his new party label at the South Antrim by-election, 2000, but withdrew during the campaign, calling on his supporters to back the Democratic Unionist Party candidate William McCrea. He did stand for the South Antrim seat at the 2001 general election, but came bottom of the poll, with only 972 votes. He also failed to be elected to Newtownabbey Borough Council.
At the 2003 Assembly election, Boyd was able to take only 774 votes, and lost his seat, along with all his party colleagues.
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Antrim South
1998 - 2003