Norman Laird

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Norman Laird (1906–28 April 1970) was a doctor and unionist politician in Northern Ireland.

Laird studied at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and the Queen's University of Belfast. He became a doctor and joined the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), and chaired its St Anne's branch from 1948 until 1969. He was awarded an OBE in 1961.[1]

Laird was elected for the UUP in Belfast St Anne's at the Northern Ireland general election, 1969.[1] In March 1970, he was one of five UUP MPs expelled from the Ulster Unionist parliamentary party for refusing to support the government in a vote of no confidence.[2] He died the following month. In the ensuing by-election, his seat was won by his son, John Laird.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Biographies of Members of the Northern Ireland House of Commons
  2. ^ J. R. Hill, A New History of Ireland Volume VII: Ireland 1921-84, p.341
Parliament of Northern Ireland
Preceded by
Edmond Warnock
Member of Parliament for Belfast St Anne's
1969–1970
Succeeded by
John Laird