James McClure (Northern Ireland politician)

James McClure (Northern Ireland politician)

William James McClure MBE is a Unionist politician based in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. He is President of the Democratic Unionist Party [ [http://www.newsletter.co.uk/columnists/Will-a-man-rob-God.4372372.jp Belfast Newsletter 08-08-08] ]

McClure was first elected in 1975 to the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention representing Londonderry. [ [http://www.eoni.org.uk/ni_convention_election_results_1975.pdf Convention election results 1975] ] He was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1982 for the same constituency.

In 1977 he was elected to Coleraine Borough Council and has remained a member since then, [ [http://www.ark.ac.uk/elections Northern Ireland elections site] ] serving as Mayor from 1983-1984 and from 1997-1999. He also held the post of Deputy Mayor from 1982-1983, 1985-1993 and 2004-2005. He also currently serves on the Coleraine district policing partnership. [ [http://www.districtpolicing.com/int-dpp-members/int-dpp-alpha.htm?letter=M List of DPP members] ]

Politically, McClure is an opponent of commercial trading, gambling and football games being played on Sundays arguing that: "The Christian Sabbath is a day for God not for gambling. It is a day for worshipping the Saviour, not for sport." [ [http://www.newsletter.co.uk/marching-season-2008/Portglenone-Twelfth-Speech.4283692.jp Belfast Newsletter, 15-07-08, Portglenone 12th speech] ]


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