Stratton Mills

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William Stratton Mills (born 1 July 1932), is a retired solicitor and former politician in Northern Ireland.

He was the only Member of Parliament (MP) to have sat for the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland in the British House of Commons, until Naomi Long won Belfast East in 2010. In August 1969, at the outset of The Troubles, Mills travelled with Robin Bailie to the United States to counter the fund raising efforts of Bernadette Devlin and to espouse the Unionist point of view for an American audience.[1]

The son of Dr V.J.S. Mills, CBE, RM, Mills was educated at Campbell College, Belfast and Queen's University, Belfast. A solicitor by profession, Mills was elected as the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) MP for Belfast North in the 1959 general election. He held his seat in subsequent elections, but in 1972 he refused to join the other UUP MPs in resigning the Conservative Party whip. He instead resigned from the UUP, describing himself as an independent Unionist and Conservative MP.[2]

In 1973, Mills joined the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland.[3] He retired from the House in 1974. He lives in Malone Park, was partner in a solicitors firm, and currently serves on Northern Ireland's Historic Buildings Council, and is a member of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society and the Irish Georgian Society.[4]


  1. ^ Henry Raymont, "Ulster 'Truth Squad' Pursues Miss Devlin to U.S.",New York Times, 30 August 1969
  2. ^ James Downey, "Stratton Mills to keep Tory party Whip", Irish Times, 1 February 1973
  3. ^ North Belfast 1950-1970 election results at ARK
  4. ^ New Appointments to Historic Buildings Council

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
H. Montgomery Hyde
Member of Parliament for Belfast North
Succeeded by
John Carson