Paul Girvan

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Paul Girvan

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Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for South Antrim
In office
1 July 2010 (co-opted) – 9 June 2017 (elected MP)
Preceded byWilliam McCrea
Succeeded byTrevor Clarke
In office
26 November 2003 – 7 March 2007
Preceded bymultiple members
Succeeded bymultiple members
Member of Parliament
for South Antrim
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded byDanny Kinahan
Majority3,208 (7.4%)
Personal details
Born (1963-07-06) 6 July 1963 (age 55)[1]
Northern Ireland
Political partyDemocratic Unionist Party

Paul Girvan MP (born 6 July 1963)[2] is a Northern Irish politician. Since 2017, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Antrim.

As a member of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), he was elected to Newtownabbey Borough Council in 1997, and from 2002–04 served as its mayor. He is currently the Chair of the council's Development Committee.

In 2003, he was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, representing South Antrim.[3] He was deselected by the DUP in South Antrim in 2007,[4] but returned to the Assembly in 2010 when he was selected to replace William McCrea following his resignation.[5] In the 2017 general election, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for South Antrim,[6] having defeated the incumbent Ulster Unionist Member, Danny Kinahan.[7]

In March 2019, Girvan was one of 21 MPs who voted against LGBT inclusive sex and relationship education in English schools.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed 30 June 2014.
  2. ^ Girvan, Paul. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  3. ^ Nicholas Whyte. "South Antrim". Northern Ireland Elections. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  4. ^ "About South Antrim: David Ford MLA". Alliance Party of Northern Ireland. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Girvan makes Stormont return", Newtownabbey Times, 8 July 2010; accessed 30 June 2014.
  6. ^ Parliament UK
  7. ^ "Election 2017: South Antrim Parliamentary constituency". BBC. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
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Civic offices
Preceded by
Vera McWilliam
Mayor of Newtownabbey
Succeeded by
Ted Turkington
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
multiple members
MLA for Antrim South
Succeeded by
multiple members
Preceded by
William McCrea
MLA for Antrim South
Succeeded by
Trevor Clarke
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Danny Kinahan
Member of Parliament
for South Antrim