- Peter Weir (politician)
name=Peter Weir MLA
Democratic Unionist Party
Peter Weir MLA is a
Northern Irelandunionist politician.
A past chairman of the
Young Unionists(the UUP Youth Wing), Weir is a barristerby profession. He attended Bangor Grammar School and graduated from the Queen's University of Belfastin Law and Accountancy. He was called to the Northern Ireland Bar in 1992 and is a former editor of the Ulster Review. Weir has been a member of the Queen's University Senate since 1996 and is also leading member of the University Convocation. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Peace Forumin 1996for the constituency of North Down. Weir refused to support the Belfast Agreementof 1998. A leading critic of party leader David Trimble's policies, Weir was elected to the Northern Ireland Assemblyin the 1998 election.
Weir was selected as his party's candidate to fight the 2001 general election in North Down, but a month before the election tensions between him and the party reached the stage where he was deselected and replaced by
Sylvia Hermon. Weir was later expelled from the Ulster Unionist Party for refusing to support the re-election of David Trimbleas First Minister of Northern Ireland. Following a period as an Independent Unionist, Weir joined the Democratic Unionist Partyin 2002. Since then, he was re-elected from North Down as a DUP member and increased the party's vote in the constituency by three times its 1998tally.
In the 2005 Westminster election Weir finally stood for North Down, this time for the DUP, but lost to
Sylvia Hermonof the Ulster Unionist Party
He is a member of the
North Down Borough Counciland belongs to the Orange Orderand the Royal Black Preceptory.
He serves on the
Northern Ireland Policing Board.
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