Wallace Browne, Baron Browne of Belmont

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The Lord Browne of Belmont
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast East
In office
7 March 2007 – 2011
Preceded by Michael Copeland
Succeeded by Sammy Douglas
50th Lord Mayor of Belfast
In office
Preceded by Tom Ekin
Succeeded by Patrick McCarthy
Personal details
Born 29 October 1947 (age 69)
Political party Democratic Unionist Party
Alma mater Queen's University Belfast

Wallace Hamilton Browne, Baron Browne of Belmont (born 29 October 1947) is a Northern Irish politician in the Democratic Unionist Party.

Browne was an unsuccessful candidate in East Belfast in the 1996 Northern Ireland Forum election.[1] He was Lord Mayor of Belfast in 2005–06, and it was announced on 11 April 2006 that he would be one of the first three members of the DUP to be created a life peer, giving the party its first representation in the House of Lords. The other two are Maurice Morrow, the chairman of the DUP, and Eileen Paisley, a vice-president of the DUP and wife of the then Leader of the DUP, Ian Paisley; all became "working" life peers. At the same time, it was announced that David Trimble, former MP and former leader of the Ulster Unionists, was also being appointed as a working life peer. Browne was raised to the peerage as Baron Browne of Belmont, of Belmont in County Antrim on 12 June 2006.

In 2007 he was elected in the Assembly elections for the East Belfast seat.

Browne is a graduate of Queen's University, Belfast, and is a retired school teacher. He has been a member of Belfast City Council for the Victoria electoral area since 1985.

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Alan Crowe
High Sheriff of Belfast
Succeeded by
Margaret Clarke
Preceded by
Tom Ekin
Lord Mayor of Belfast
Succeeded by
Patrick McCarthy
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Michael Copeland
MLA for Belfast East
Succeeded by
Sammy Douglas