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Nigel Dodds is to have the title of Lord Dodds of Duncairn it was announced today.

Lord Dodds was awarded a life peerage in the Dissolution Honours List. Today marks the official conferment of his title. He will take up his seat in the House of Lords in mid-October.

Nigel Dodds said:

“The Duncairn ward is where I started out on my career as an elected representative.

It is at the heart of the Castle district electoral area of North Belfast where I was first elected as a Councillor on Belfast City Council in 1985.

My first door to door canvass was in this part of the Shore Road and North Queen Street and it has been my honour and privilege to serve the people of this area and wider north Belfast for over 34 years.

I now look forward to the next stage of public life where I intend to continue to be a positive voice for Northern Ireland at Westminster and at home.”

Note to Editors

  • Nigel Dodds’ official title:
    • The Right Honourable The Lord Dodds of Duncairn OBE, of Duncairn in the City of Belfast.
  • Nigel Dodds’ biography:

Nigel first entered public office in 1985 when he was elected to represent the Castle District of North Belfast on Belfast City Council, serving continuously for almost 25 years.

During that time Nigel served as Lord Mayor of Belfast on two occasions, 1988-89 and 1991-92, being the youngest person at that time ever elected to hold the office of first citizen of Belfast.

During his twelve years as a Member of the Legislative Assembly Nigel served in the first Northern Ireland Executive as Minister for Social Development in 1999-2000 and again from 2001-2002.

Upon the return of devolved Government to Northern Ireland in 2007, following the political agreement between the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein, Nigel served as Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment between 8thMay 2007 to 5th June 2008 and as Northern Ireland’s Minister of Finance and Personnel from 5th June 2008 to 1st July 2009.

Nigel was elected as Member of Parliament for North Belfast on 7th June 2001 and served for 18 years until 2019. He was leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party for 9 years from 2010 and has served as Party Deputy leader since 2008.

He has built a very strong reputation for constituency work and delivery on the ground across all areas of North Belfast.

Nigel was awarded the OBE in 1997 and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2010.