William Humphrey (British politician)

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William Humphrey
William Humphrey, DUP.jpg
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast North
Assumed office
13 September 2010
Preceded by Nigel Dodds
Personal details
Born (1967-10-17) October 17, 1967 (age 49) [1]
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party Democratic Unionist Party

William Humphrey (born 17 October 1967) is a Democratic Unionist Party politician in Northern Ireland.

Born in the Woodvale area of Belfast, Humphrey studied at the Boys' Model School. A member of the Woodvale Residents' Association, he joined the Democratic Unionist Party, becoming its chairman in North Belfast, and a member of the party's executive.[2]

He was elected to Belfast City Council in the Court district at the Northern Ireland local elections, 2005,[3] then served as High Sheriff of Belfast in 2006.[4]

At the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2007, Humphrey stood in North Belfast, but was not elected.[5] He moved to contest West Belfast at the UK general election, 2010, but took only 7.6% of the votes cast.[6] In June, he became Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast,[7]

In September 2010, he was selected to replace Nigel Dodds in the Northern Ireland Assembly, representing North Belfast[2] and was elected at the 2011 Assembly election. Referencing his predecessor, Humphrey said, "Nigel has a proven track record of dedicated hard work on the ground, making a difference in peoples' lives within the Constituency...That will be the record I will strive to emulate."[8]


  1. ^ Profile, niassembly.gov.uk; accessed 28 July 2016./
  2. ^ a b "Humphrey chosen to replace Dodds", Belfast Telegraph, 14 September 2010
  3. ^ Belfast City Council Elections 1993-2005, Northern Ireland Elections
  4. ^ New High Sheriff of Belfast to be sworn in, Belfast City Council
  5. ^ North Belfast, Northern Ireland Elections
  6. ^ West Belfast profile, Northern Ireland Elections website; accessed 28 July 2016.
  7. ^ Deputy Lord Mayor profile, Belfast City Council website; accessed 28 July 2016.
  8. ^ "BBC News - Humphrey chosen as Dodds North Belfast successor". BBC News. BBC News. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Nigel Dodds
MLA for Belfast North
Succeeded by
Civic offices
Preceded by
David Browne
High Sheriff of Belfast
Succeeded by
Jim Kirkpatrick
Preceded by
Danny Lavery
Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast
Succeeded by
Ruth Patterson