Robin Newton

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Robin Newton
5th Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Assumed office
12 May 2016
Deputy Caitríona Ruane
Patsy McGlone
Danny Kennedy
Preceded by Mitchel McLaughlin
Principal Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
In office
20 January 2015 – 12 May 2016
Preceded by Mitchel McLaughlin
Succeeded by Catriona Ruane
Junior Minister at the office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister
In office
1 July 2009 – 16 May 2011
Serving with Gerry Kelly
Preceded by Jeffrey Donaldson
Succeeded by Jonathan Bell
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Belfast East
Assumed office
26 November 2003
Preceded by Sammy Wilson
Personal details
Born (1945-12-21) 21 December 1945 (age 71)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party Democratic Unionist Party
Spouse(s) Carole Newton
Children 2
Website Robin Newton MLA

Robin Newton is a Democratic Unionist Party politician in Northern Ireland. He is a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly (MLA) for East Belfast, and was a junior minister in the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister from 2009-11.

Newton is a chief executive of a management consultancy company and a member of the East Belfast Partnership Board, which promotes economic development in East Belfast. He was elected Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 12 May 2016. He and his wife Carole have two children.[1]

Political career[edit]

Newton was first elected to Belfast City Council in 1985 and has been re-elected every election since. Newton is chairman of the Waterfront Hall board. He was an unsuccessful candidate in East Belfast in the 1996 Northern Ireland Forum election.[2] He was elected as a DUP member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for East Belfast in 2003.[1]

After the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1998, he was the deputy chair of the Development Committee. He takes particular interest in housing matters, the elderly, health services and employment opportunities. Newton is the DUP party spokesperson for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.[3] On May 12, 2016, he was elected Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.[4]


First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson announced on 22 June 2009 that Robin Newton would replace Jeffrey Donaldson as junior minister in the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister at the beginning of the new assembly term in September 2009.[5] This reshuffle took place due to Robinson's plans to phase out "double jobbing" amongst elected representatives. Newton was sworn in as junior minister by the speaker, William Hay, on 1 July 2009, and served until 16 May 2011. From 2011 until 2012, he was a Political Member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Biography". Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  2. ^ "1996 Candidates - East Belfast". Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - Northern Ireland". DUP. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  4. ^ "NI Assembly: Foster and McGuinness are NI first and deputy first ministers, UUP to form opposition". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  5. ^ "DUP reshuffles NI Assembly ministers". 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Previous Policing Board Members | Northen Ireland Policing Board". Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
Civic offices
Preceded by
Jim Clarke
High Sheriff of Belfast
Succeeded by
Tom Campbell
Political offices
Preceded by
Jeffrey Donaldson
Junior Minister
Succeeded by
Jonathan Bell
Political offices
Preceded by
Mitchel McLaughlin
Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
2016 –
Succeeded by
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Sammy Wilson
MLA for Belfast East
Succeeded by
Election in progress