William McCrea MP
Spokesman on Justice and Home Affairs and House Issues
William began his political career as a member of Magherafelt District Council in 1973 and he served as a Councillor until 2010. During this time he was elected Mayor in both 1977/78 and 1981/82.
William was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly that existed between 1982 and 1986, topping the poll in the Mid Ulster Constituency. William was subsequently elected to represent Mid Ulster in Parliament, a seat he held until 1997 when the election was contested on new boundaries seeing the old constituency effectively split in two.
In 2000 William contested the by-election called in South Antrim following the death of the incumbent Ulster Unionist MP. William won the seat with a majority of 822, a landmark victory and the first indication of unionist leadership moving to the DUP following the Belfast Agreement of 1998. William subsequently won the South Antrim seat in 2005 and was re-elected in 2010.
William was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 representing Mid Ulster. He was re-elected to represent Mid Ulster in 2003 and subsequently to represent South Antrim in 2007. He stepped down from the Assembly following the 2010 General Election as part of the DUP’s commitment on multiple mandates.