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Lord Alderdice

Lord Alderdice 

Born in 1955 John Alderdice was elevated to the House of Lords in 1996. Educated at Ballymena Academy and Queen's University Belfast, he became a consultant psychiatrist in Belfast City Hospital in 1988. He is married with three children.

He was appointed honorary lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine Queen's University Belfast in 1991 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 1999.

From 1993 until 1997 he was Executive Medical Director of the South and East Belfast Health and Social Services Trust.

He joined the Alliance Party in 1978, serving as vice chair of the party council and unsuccessfully contested the 1981 local government elections. In the 1987 Westminster election he polled 32% against the DUP East Belfast MP and Deputy Leader Peter Robinson and defeated Seamus Close in the Alliance leadership election after the resignation of John Cushnahan. He unsuccessfully contested the 1989 European and the 1992 general elections.

He led the Alliance delegation at the Dublin Forum for Peace and Reconciliation between 1994 and 1997 and the Alliance delegation to Northern Ireland Multiparty Talks from 1996 until 1998. Elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for Belfast East in 1998, he was appointed initial presiding officer (Speaker) of the Assembly following his resignation as Party Leader. He did not contest the 2003 Assembly Election.

A trustee of the Ulster Museum from 1993 until 1997, he is a patron of the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations. In January 2004 the British Government appointed Alderdice as one of four Commissioners for the newly established Independent Monitoring Commission, a post he continues to hold. He was awarded the Galloway Medal (National Schizophrenia Fellowship, NI) in 1987 as well as the freedom of the City of Baltimore in 1991. Alderdice has been the President of Liberal International, a world federation of liberal and progressive democratic political parties, since 2005. He sits as a Liberal Democrat in the House of Lords.

Lord BallyedmondLord Ballyedmond

Born in 1944, Edward Haughey was elevated to the House of Lords in 2004. Married with 3 children, Haughey has been Chair of Norbrook Laboratories and Norbrook Holdings BV since 1980. The Newry based pharmaceutical manufacturer has a turnover of more than £75 million and employs approximately 1300 people, mostly in County Down.

Nominated to the Seanad by the then Taoiseach Albert Reynolds in 1994, he was nominated again by Bertie Ahern in 1997. A member of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation and since 1997, the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body, the Lord Ballyedmond is the first person to have sat in both upper houses since the sixth Marquess of Lansdowne in 1927 .

With an estimated personal wealth of 435 million euros, he divides his time between the Ballyedmond estate and Corby Castle in Cumbria. He has two honorary doctorates - from UCD and from the International Management Centre in Kuala Lumpur. When Haughey was elevated to the House of Lords in 2005 he sat as a Crossbencher on behalf of the Ulster Unionist Party but in June 2007 moved to the Conservative Party.

Lord Browne of Belmont

Wallace Browne was Lord Mayor of Belfast in 2005-2006.  Having served as a DUP councillor for the Victoria ward of East Belfast since 1985, Lord Browne is Chairman of the East Belfast Westminster Association and a member of the DUP’s Central Executive.

During the Queen’s Jubilee year Wallace was elected to serve as High Sheriff of Belfast and also was chairman of the Belfast Host Town organising committee for the Special Olympics. He also represents the Council on the Somme Association and on the University of Ulster Court.

A graduate of Queens University, Belfast Lord Browne is a retired school teacher. Browne was created a life peer as Baron Browne of Belmont on 12 June 2006, giving the party its first representation in the House of Lords.  He was subsequently elected as an MLA to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007 for the constituency of Belfast East.  His interests include health, the environment and sport. Lord Browne is a member of the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee and the Committee on Procedures in the Assembly.

Baron Bew of of Donegore
Paul Bew

Baron Bew was born in Belfast and attended Campbell College, Belfast and received his degree and doctorate from Pembroke College, Cambridge.   He is married to Greta Jones, a professor of history at the University of Ulster and he has one son.  Active in the Northern Ireland Civil Rights movement, Paul Bew is a recognised authority and commentator on Irish History and politics. 

Professor Bew was at one time associated with the Workers' Party/Democratic Left but more recently was an unofficial adviser to the former Ulster Unionist Leader David Trimble. He is a member of the Cadogan Group, a small think-tank which discusses the Northern Ireland situation from a mildly pro-Unionist perspective. Like Lord Trimble, he is a signatory of the Cambridge think-tank the Henry Jackson Society.  Bew was a lecturer in history at University of Ulster and Queen’s University, Belfast since 1979.   

He has written a number of books including, ‘Ideology and the Irish Question 1912-1916’; ‘Between War and Peace (with Henry Patterson and Paul Teague’); ’The Dynamics of Irish Politics (with Henry Patterson and Ellen Hazelkorn)’; and ‘The State in Northern Ireland 1921-72’.  

In February 2007, it was announced by the House of Lords Appointments Commission that he was being made a life peer and will sit as a Crossbencher. His title is Baron Bew, of Donegore in County Antrim.

Lord Blease (on leave of absence from House of Lords)

Lord Blease Born in 1914, Billy Blease was made a Labour life peer in 1978. Married with three sons and one daughter, he was educated at Belfast Technical College, the National Council Labour Colleges and the Workers' Educational Association. He two honorary degrees from Queen's University Belfast and NUU.

An officer of the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions from 1959 until 1975, he was a member of the Independent Broadcasting Authority from 1975 until 1979 and was rapporteur of an EEC cross-border communications study of the Derry Donegal region in 1978.

He contested four elections on behalf of the Northern Ireland Labour Party.   He was a trustee of the Labour Party Northern Ireland from 1986 until 1990. He was Opposition Spokesperson on Northern Ireland and Labour Whip from 1979 until 1983.

Baroness Blood

Born in 1938, May Blood was elevated to the House of Lords in 1999. Educated at Linfield SecondBaroness Bloodary Belfast, she was a Cutting Supervisor at Blackstaff Mill from 1952 until 1990, when she became a community worker for the Greater Shankill Partnership, where she remained until 1998.

She is a trustee of the UK Council of Barnardo's and chairs Barnardo's Northern Ireland. She is Chair of the Integrated Education Fund and a trustee of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

She was awarded the Catherine Dunphy Peace Global Citizens Awards in 1997 and the Frank Cousins Peace Award in 1999. A member of the TGWU she sits with the Labour Peers in the House of Lords.

Viscount Brookeborough

Viscount Brookeborough

A hereditary peer, the Viscount Brookeborough was born in 1952 and educated in Harrow and Millfield Schools before attending the Royal Agriculture College at Cirencester. He married Janet Elizabeth Cooke in 1980 and runs a farming and tourist business from 1000 acre Colebrooke Park Estate in County Fermanagh.

Commissioned to the 17th/21st Lancers in 1971, he transferred to the Ulster Defence Regiment in 1977. Having joined the Royal Irish Regiment in 1992, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1993. He became Hon. Colonel of the 4th/5th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rangers in 1997. He was appointed Personal Lord in Waiting to the Queen in 1997.

He has been President of the Northern Ireland Army Benevolent Fund since 1995 and Vice President of the Somme Association since 1990. He is President of the Northern Ireland Outward Bound Association and a member of the Northern Ireland Duke of Edinburgh Award Advisory Council. He is a Trustee of the Housing for The Homeless Fund of the Simon Community NI. A member of the Ulster Unionist Party and Orange Order, he was also a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board from 2001 - 2006.

Lord Cooke of IslandreaghLord Cooke of Islandreagh (Deceased)

Elevated to the House of Lords in 1992, the Lord Cooke of Islandreagh, Alec Cooke was born in 1920 and educated in Marlborough College before going on to gain a MA in mechanical sciences from Trinity College, Cambridge. He served as a Royal Navy Engineer Officer between 1940 and 1946.

On his return to Belfast he worked with Henry R. Ayton Ltd until 1989, serving as Chair from 1970. He was Chair of Belfast Savings Bank (1963) and Springvale EPS between 1964 and 2000. A Director of Harland & Wolff Ltd from 1970 until 1987, he was Chair in the early 1980s. He was also Director of Northern Ireland Airports from 1970 until 1985.

A Senator in the Parliament of Northern Ireland between 1960 and 1968, he was a Belfast Harbour Commissioner between 1968 and 1979 and a member of the Northern Ireland Economic Council between 1974 and 1978. A Commissioner of Irish Lights from 1983 until 1996, he served as Chair from 1990 until 1992.

He was appointed a member of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission by the North/South Ministerial Council in 2000.

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Born in 1944 Janric Fraser Craig was educated at Eton College and London University. A chartered accountant by profession, he is the grandson of the first Viscount Craigavon, former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and the first Prime Minister of the Northern Ireland, James Craig.   

For more than 20 years Craigavon has served as the Vice Chair of an All Party Group in Westminister on Population Development and Reproductive Health. He is a former trustee of the Progress Educational Trust, and is now an advisor for the Trust. Craigavon is also a member of the executive committee of the Anglo-Austrian Society.


Lord Eames

Lord Eames

Born in 1937, Robert Eames was elevated to the House of Lords in 1995. Educated at Belfast Royal Academy and Methodist College Belfast, he gained a LLB from Queen's University Belfast in 1957 and a PhD in theology from Trinity College Dublin in 1963. He is married with two children.

A research scholar and tutor in the Faculty of Laws at Queen's University between 1960 and 1963, he was a curate assistant at Bangor Parish Church from 1963 until 1966 when he became Rector of St Dorothea's in Belfast. He was appointed Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Down in 1973 and Rector of St Mark's Dundela in 1974. He served as Bishop of Derry and Raphoe from 1975 until 1980 when he was appointed Bishop of Down and Dromore. He became Archbishop of Armagh and was Primate of All Ireland from 1986 until 2006.

Eames was appointed Select Preacher at Oxford University in 1987, Cambridge University in 1990, Edinburgh University 1993 and St Andrews University in 2001. He was made a honorary Bencher of Lincoln's Inn in 1998.

In 1988 he chaired the Commission on Communion and Women in the Episcopate and the Commission on Inter-Anglican Relations. He also chaired the Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission in 1991. He was appointed Chair of the Inter-Anglican Finance Committee in 1997 and chaired the Lambeth Commission between 2003 and 2004. In 2007 Eames was awarded the Tipperary International Peace Award, which aims to give recognition to those who promote peace in Ireland and abroad. That same year, Eames received the Order of Merit from the Queen for an exceptional contribution to public life, a significant honour restricted to just 24 living members.

Chair of the Board of Governors of the Royal School Armagh and the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, he has been a governor of the Church Army since 1985. He was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1989. He is a member of the Institute of Advanced Drivers.


Lord Glentoran

Lord Glentoran The son of the 2nd Baron Glentoran, PC, KBE, and the late Lady Diana Wellesley, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Cowley, he was educated at Eton College and then Grenoble University France. Three times married with three sons, he was a member of the Grenadier Guards from 1954 until his retirement as Major in 1966.

A gold medallist in the Bobsleigh event at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, he went on to become Managing Director of Redland (NI) Ltd from 1971 until 1995 when he became Company Chair. He stayed in this post until 1998. He was Chair of the Roofing Industry Alliance from 1997 until 2003 and appointed a non-executive director of the National House Building Council in 2001.

A member of the Sports Council for Northern Ireland between 1980 and 1987, he was founder Chair of the Ulster Games Foundation in 1983. He has been President of the British Bobsleigh Association since 1987 and was Chair of the Northern Ireland Tall Ships Council from 1987 to 1991. He was Regional Chair of the British Field Sports Society from 1990 to 1996 and then Chair of Northern Ireland Classic Golf Promotions from 1996 until 1999.

He was appointed a commissioner of the Irish Lighthouse Service (now the Cross Border Body Foyle Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission) in 1986.  He was Chair of Positively Belfast, a company formed to organise events to enhance the image of Belfast, from 1992 to 1996 and participated in the development of the government "Growing a Green Economy" strategy between 1993 and 1995. He was appointed to the Millennium Commission in 1994.

A liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers, he was appointed honorary President of the Northern Ireland Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Roofing in 1996. He is a member of the Countryside Alliance and a honorary member of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects. The Lord Glentoran CBE is opposition spokesperson on Northern Ireland in the House of Lords.

Lord HuttonLord Hutton

Born in 1931 James Hutton was elevated to the House of Lords in 1997. He was educated at Shrewsbury School, Balliol College, Oxford and Queen's University, Belfast.   Married twice he has two children and three stepchildren and was first called to the Northern Ireland Bar in 1954.

He was appointed Junior Counsel to the Attorney General for Northern Ireland in 1969 and became a QC in 1970. Called to the English Bar in 1972, he acted as Legal Adviser to the Northern Ireland Ministry of Home Affairs in 1973 and was Senior Crown Counsel in Northern Ireland from 1973 until 1979. During this time, he was appointed to the Joint Law Enforcement Commission and as a Bencher at the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland both in 1974.

Appointed as Judge of the Northern Ireland High Court of Justice in 1979, he became Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland in 1988 and retained that position until his elevation to Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 1997. In 2003 he chaired the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly (known as the Hutton Inquiry).

He was Deputy Chair of the Northern Ireland Boundary Commission between 1985 and 1988 and was appointed an honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple and King's Inn Dublin in 1988. He was President of the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health from 1983 until 1990 and was made a Visitor of the University of Ulster in 1999. He retired as a Law Lord in 2004.

Lord Kilclooney of Armagh

Image of Lord Kilclooney

Born December 1937 in Armagh, John Taylor was educated at the Royal School, Armagh. He continued his studies at Queen's University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree and joined the Ulster Unionist Party.

Taylor served as an MP for South Tyrone between 1965 and 1972, before representing Fermanagh and South Tyrone in the short lived Assembly of 1973. He went on to serve as an MEP between 1979 and 1989 and returned to the Commons to represent Strangford in 1983. Between 1995 and 2001, Taylor was deputy leader of the UUP.

A civil engineer by profession, he is currently the Company Director and Chair of the Alpha Newspaper Group, which owns the East Antrim Gazette, Ulster Gazette and Dungannon News. He decided to stand down as MP for Strangford at the 2001 General Election and has been elevated to the House of Lords. He remained MLA for Strangford until 2007 when he announced he was not standing for re-election.


Lord LairdLord Laird

John Dunn Laird was elevated to the House of Lords in 1999. Born in 1944, he was educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution. Following an early career, he was a computer programmer from 1968 until 1973 before moving into the public relations sector in 1973 and becoming Chair of John Laird Public Relations in 1976. He was appointed visiting professor of public relations, University of Ulster 1993. He is married with two children.

The son of an MP and Councillor (Margaret Laird), he was a member of the Northern Ireland Parliament from 1970 until 1973, he went on to represent the constituency of West Belfast in the Northern Ireland Assembly between 1973 and 1975. He was also a member of the Northern Ireland Convention between 1975 and 1976.

He was a member of the North/South Language Implementation Board, serving as Chair of the Ulster Scots Agency from 1999 until his resignation in 2004.

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

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Born in County Tyrone in 1938, Ken Maginnis was educated at the Royal School Dungannon and Stranmillis Teacher Training College, Belfast and was Headmaster of Pomeroy Primary School from 1966 until 1982. Married with four children, he is a former member of the Ulster Special Constabulary (B Specials) and major and company commander in the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR).   He was first elected to Dungannon District Council in 1981 and remained a councillor until 1993.

He was a member of the Northern Assembly between 1982 and 1986 and the Forum between 1996 and 1998. UUP Security Spokesperson since 1982, he unsuccessfully contested the UUP leadership after the resignation of Jim Molyneaux in 1995. He was elevated to the House of Lords in 2001 after announcing his intention to retire from the Westminster seat of Fermanagh and South Tyrone he had held since 1983. Maginnis is currently Honorary Treasurer of the UUP.

Lord MolyneauxLord Molyneaux of Killead

Born in 1920 James Molyneaux returned to County Antrim to manage the family farm after serving in the RAF during the Second World War. He was first elected to Antrim County Council in 1964. He successfully contested the 1970 Westminster general election for the constituency of South Antrim and held the seat until 1983, when he became MP for the constituency of Lagan Valley.

He opposed to the 1973 Sunningdale Agreement and unsuccessfully contested the leadership of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in 1974. Despite this he was appointed leader of the UUP Westminster parliamentary party and remained so until he replaced Harry West as Leader in 1979. He was a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly between 1982 and 1986.

He was appointed a Privy Councillor in 1983. He resigned as UUP Leader in 1995. A former Imperial grand master of the Orange Order and Sovereign grand master of the Royal Black Institution, he took his seat in the House of Lords as Lord Molyneaux of Killead in 1997 and campaigned against the Belfast Agreement in 1998.  He supported Jeffery Donaldson in the 2005 General Election.

Lord Morrow of Clogher Valley

Image of Maurice Morrow MLA
Maurice Morrow was born in 1948 and was educated at Dungannon Technical College.  He is married with two daughters. He is a former estate agent, and has served on Dungannon District Council since 1973. Morrow was Minister for Social Development from July 2000 to November 2001, as part of the DUP's rotation scheme in the 1998-2003 Assembly. He is DUP Party Chair and Chief Whip. He was elevated to the Lords in 2006 and is now known as Lord Morrow of Clogher Valley. Lord Morrow was first elected as MLA for Fermanagh & South Tyrone in 1998 and was successful in the 2003 and 2007 Assembly Elections.


Baroness Paisley of St. George's

Baroness Paisley of St George's has taken her seat in the Lords

Born in Belfast in 1934, Eileen Paisley is married to DUP leader, Ian Paisley MP MLA (Antrim North) and has five children. Baroness Paisley is currently a vice President of the Party. Eileen was elected as a councillor in Belfast City Council in 1967 representing the ward of St. George’s, three years before her husband was elected to Stormont and Westminster.  She went on to be elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1973 and the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention in 1975, representing Belfast East on both occasions. In 1982 she was a member of a joint UUP-DUP publicity team visiting the United States, standing in for her husband who had been refused a US visa. Eileen Paisley was created a life peer in July 2006.

Lord Rana

Lord Rana

Formally sponsored by Lord Alderdice and the Liberal Democrat Asian peer Lord Dholakia, Indian born Diljit Singh Rana was elevated to the House of Lords in 2004. Born in 1938 he gained a BA in economics from Punjab University in 1958. He is married with two sons.   He founded the property development and hospitality company, Andras House Ltd in 1981.

Having founded and chaired the Indian Business Forum in 1985, he was President of Belfast Chamber of Commerce between 1991 and 1992 and President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce from 2004-2006.  

He established the Rana Charitable Trust in 1996 and became Chair of Thanksgiving Square in 2002. He was appointed as the first Honorary Indian Consul in Northern Ireland in March 2004.

Lord RoganLord Rogan

Born in 1942 Dennis Rogan was elevated to the House of Lords in 1999. Educated at Wallace High School he went on to study at the Belfast Institute of Technology and gained a BA in economics and politics from the Open University in 1976. He is married with two children.

He started his career with Moygashel Ltd in 1960 and then went on to William Ewart & Sons Ltd between 1969 and 1972 and Lamont Holdings plc from 1972 until he became Managing Director Dennis Rogan Associates in 1978.

He was appointed Chair of Associated Processors Ltd in 1985 and Chair of Communications Ltd in 1996.

He became Deputy Chair of Independent News and Media (NI) Ltd in 2000 and was subsequently appointed a member of the International Advisory Board of the company in 2001. He was also appointed Chair of the DCL Group in the same year. He was appointed Chair of Events Management in 2002. He was appointed a director of the Belfast Gasworks Trust in 1994 and became a patron of the Somme Association in 1999. Rogan served as the Director of the Northern Ireland Police Fund from 2001 until 2005.

Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey

image of David Trimble MLA David Trimble was born in October 1944, educated at Bangor Grammar School and Queen's University Belfast. He graduated in Law in 1968 and became Barrister at Law in 1969. Trimble was First Minister in the Executive for three of the five years of the first Assembly among four suspensions, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998. He stepped down as UUP Leader following the loss of his Westminster seat in May 2005. He was created Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey in 2006. The title relates to a townland in Lisburn, and translates as “the Fort of the Gamblers". Lord Trimble was an MLA for Upper Bann from 1998-2007. In April 2007, Lord Trimble left the UUP to join the Conservative Party.


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