Peter Weir (politician)

Peter Weir (politician)

Infobox Politician

name=Peter Weir MLA
birth_place=Northern Ireland
constituency=North Down
party=Democratic Unionist Party

Peter Weir MLA is a Northern Ireland unionist politician.

A past chairman of the Young Unionists (the UUP Youth Wing), Weir is a barrister by profession. He attended Bangor Grammar School and graduated from the Queen's University of Belfast in 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 Forum in 1996 for the constituency of North Down. Weir refused to support the Belfast Agreement of 1998. A leading critic of party leader David Trimble's policies, Weir was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 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 Trimble as First Minister of Northern Ireland. Following a period as an Independent Unionist, Weir joined the Democratic Unionist Party in 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 1998 tally.

In the 2005 Westminster election Weir finally stood for North Down, this time for the DUP, but lost to Sylvia Hermon of the Ulster Unionist Party

He is a member of the North Down Borough Council and belongs to the Orange Order and the Royal Black Preceptory.

He serves on the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

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