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Tuesday, 17 September, 2002, 06:24 GMT 07:24 UK
Gorman set to retire from assembly
Sir John was deputy speaker at the assembly
Sir John was deputy speaker at the assembly
Ulster Unionist Sir John Gorman is set to retire from the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The UUP member for North Down - widely regarded as a father of the house - is 79.

Sir John - decorated for his bravery in World War Two - has decided not to seek re-election.

He is a former deputy speaker of the assembly. He recently gave up that post for health reasons.
Sir John was decorated for his bravery in World War Two
Sir John was decorated for his bravery in World War Two

When he stepped down from the post in February this year, he described assembly members as an "affectionate crowd".

Party leaders described him as the "father of the house" and he received a round of applause in the chamber.

Regional manager

The UUP nominated Jim Wilson, the chief whip, to fill the post.

Sir John, who has two sons and two daughters, was educated at Loreto Convent grammar school in Omagh, Glasgow University and Harvard Business School.

He was a captain in the Irish Guards from 1944-1946, a district inspector of the RUC until 1969 and chief of security at BOAC from 1960-1963.

The assembly member was a regional manager for British Airways from 1969-1979 and president of the British Canadian Trade Association from 1972-1974.

He has held the posts of chairman and director of several bodies and was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum in 1996.

He was knighted in the Queen's Birthday honours list in 1998.

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