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Minister of Justice David Ford MLA

David Ford was re-elected as Minister for the Department of Justice on 16 May 2011, having secured the necessary cross-community support within the NI Assembly.

Before embarking on a full-time political career he was a Social Worker with the Northern Health and Social Services Board in Antrim, Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus.

Political Career

  • Alliance Leader since October 2001
  • Alliance Chief Whip, 1998-2001.
  • Elected to Northern Ireland Assembly, 1998, 2003 and 2007 (South Antrim).
  • Elected to Antrim Borough Council (Antrim SE) 1993 and 1997; (Antrim Town) 2005.  Resigned on election as Minister.
  • Alliance Party General Secretary 1990 - 1998

Northern Ireland Assembly

  • Member of Statutory Committees on Agriculture & Rural Development, and the Environment in 1998 mandate, and the Environment Committee from 2007 to 2010.
  • Member of the Business Committee 1998-2001
  • Member of Assembly All-Party Groups on International Development, Mental Health and Animal Welfare.

Local/Council interests

  • Chair of Council Fairtrade Working Group
  • Governor, Round Tower Integrated Primary School, Antrim
  • Member of District Policing Partnership, 2005-07
  • Former member of Northern Health and Social Services Council.
  • Has served on Lower Bann and Lough Neagh Advisory Committees, and Lower Bann Leader.

Mr Ford is married with three daughters and one son.