Patricia Lewsley

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Patricia Lewsley
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Lagan Valley
In office
25 June 1998 – 19 December 2006
Preceded by New Creation
Succeeded by Marietta Farrell
Personal details
Born (1957-03-03) 3 March 1957 (age 60)
Belfast, County Down, Northern Ireland
Political party Social Democratic and Labour Party
Occupation Commissioner for Children and Young People, Northern Ireland

Patricia Lewsley-Mooney CBE (born 3 March 1957) is the former Commissioner for Children and Young People, Northern Ireland. She was previously a member of the Northern Irish Assembly, and a councillor in Lisburn.

Born in Belfast, Lewsley attended the University of Ulster before working as a cook and an advice worker. She stood unsuccessfully for the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) at the 1997 local elections in Belfast.

In 1998, she was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly representing the Social Democratic and Labour Party in Lagan Valley, a seat she held in 2003. During her time as an MLA she chaired All-Party Assembly Groups on Children and Young People, Disability, Diabetes, Anti-Poverty, and Ethnic minorities. On the day the Assembly was suspended in 2002, she had been due to introduce a Private Members Bill to strengthen child protection arrangements in Northern Ireland, by placing Area Child Protection Committees on a statutory footing.

In 2001, she was elected to Lisburn City Council. She was a co-founder of Shopmobility in Belfast and initiated the appointment of the only Disability/Equal Opportunity Officer in local government.

On 19 December 2006, Lewsley resigned from the Assembly in order to take up a post as Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People,[1] and took up that post on 8 January 2007.

Lewsley has five children and four grandchildren.

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to children's rights in Northern Ireland.[2][3]


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Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Lagan Valley
1998 - 2007
Succeeded by
Marietta Farrell
Party political offices
Preceded by
Alex Attwood
Chairperson of the Social Democratic and Labour Party
Succeeded by
Eddie McGrady