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Monday, 21 October, 2002, 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK
Rev Martin Smyth

Date of birth

15 June 1931

Political profile

The most high-profile Ulster Unionist opponent of the Good Friday Agreement, Martin Smyth has been an MP since a 1982 by-election following the assassination of the Rev Robert Bradford.

His political views place him firmly among the hard-line Protestants.

He has an unshakeable belief in Ulster's place in the United Kingdom and is opposed to any cross-border co-operation.

He stood against David Trimble for the leadership of the UUP in 2000 and won over 40% of the votes.

A full time religious minister prior to his election, he was for many years Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland and holds the key role of President of the Ulster Unionist Council.

He is also interested in international affairs, especially Africa and serves as the party's spokesman on foreign affairs and international development.

He also speaks on health and is a great defender of the NHS.

Contact

Constituency office 028 9045 7009

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