John Blair MLA

MLA for South Antrim

John Blair was first elected to local council in 1988 and he was soon seen as the first openly gay elected representative in Northern Ireland, After taking a few years outside of politics he began a career as a civil servant, before returning to elected politics in 2011, when he was elected to Newtownabbey Borough Council. Following Local Government reorganisation he served as Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council in 2015-2016. John is now a member of Legislative Assembly for South Antrim since July 2018, and is the first openly gay MLA in Northern Ireland.