The Info List - Harold McCusker

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James Harold McCusker
Harold McCusker
(7 February 1940 — 12 February 1990) was a Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party
politician who served as the Deputy Leader of the UUP Assembly Group from 1982–86.


1 Early life 2 Political career 3 Personal life 4 External links

Early life[edit] The youngest son of Jim and Lily McCusker (he had one older brother), he was born and raised in the heart of Lurgan. Educated at Lurgan Model Primary School, Lurgan
College and Stranmillis University College, before qualifying as a teacher. Before entering politics he worked in industry, latterly with Goodyear, in their Craigavon Plant. Political career[edit] He represented the Armagh constituency, and was first returned to the British House of Commons
British House of Commons
at the February 1974 general election. He was returned again in October 1974 and in the 1979 election. In 1982 he topped the poll in Armagh in the Assembly election. At the 1983 general election, McCusker was returned for the new seat of Upper Bann. Alongside other Unionist MPs, he resigned his seat in protest at the Anglo-Irish Agreement
Anglo-Irish Agreement
in 1985, in order to contest his seat again at the ensuing by-election. He was returned again at the 1987 general election, which was to prove his last — he died of cancer in 1990, causing another by-election, which was won by future Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble. Personal life[edit]

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McCusker was an Orangeman and staunch Unionist. He was married, with 3 sons, Moore, James and Colin. His youngest son, Colin (who was 18 at the time of his father's death), ran for the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Assembly in 2011 polling 3,402 1st preference votes, but failed to get elected. He served on Craigavon Council from February 2012 – March 2015 (also Ulster Unionist) and was elected the last Mayor of Craigavon in June 2014. Colin was elected to the new Armagh City, Banbridge & Craogavon Borough Council under RPA in May 2014. Prior to his death from cancer in 1990, five days after his 50th birthday, McCusker was expected to rise further in the Ulster Unionist Party and British political scenes, due to his ability and popularity among his peers and the wider public. He was a member of the Methodist Church of Ireland ( Lurgan
circuit). External links[edit]

Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Harold McCusker

Parliament of the United Kingdom

Preceded by John Maginnis Member of Parliament for Armagh Feb 1974 – 1983 Constituency abolished

New constituency Member of Parliament for Upper Bann 1983 – 1990 Succeeded by David Trimble

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Assembly (1982)

New assembly MPA for Armagh 1982–1986 Assembly abolished

Party political offices

Vacant Deputy Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party 1982–1986 Vacant Office abolished Title next held by John Taylor

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Ulster Unionist Party


Saunderson Long Carson Craigavon Andrews Brookeborough O'Neill Chichester-Clark Faulkner West Molyneaux Trimble Empey Elliott Nesbitt Swann

Deputy Leaders

McCusker Taylor Empey & Beggs Kennedy McCallister Currently vacant


Rogan Cooper Campbell Empey


Hamilton Craig J. M. Andrews Dixon Brooke Graham Andrews J. G. Cunningham Clark Cunningham Smyth Rogan White Steele

General Secretary

Gibson Bates Hungerford Douglas Bailie Hutton Millar Wilson Boyd Patterson Rea Corry Wilson C. McCusker

Leadership elections

1969 1971 1974 1979 March 1995 September 1995 2000 2004 2005 2010 2012 2017

Organisational structure

Young Unionists

History and related organisations

Progenitor: Irish Unionist Alliance Allies: Labour Unionists/Liberal Unionist/Conservatives Offshoot: Vanguard (1973-78) Electoral alliance: UCUNF (2009)


List of Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party
MPs Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party
Presidents and General Secretaries List of Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party

Other topics

Chief Whip Election results Electoral history

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 11829589 LCCN: nb2006014285

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