Peter Robinson (politician)
Peter David Robinson (born 29 December 1948) is the current First Minister of Northern Ireland and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). He has been actively involved in Northern Irish politics since 1970 when he became a founding member of Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party.
Robinson served as Paisley’s Parliamentary Assistant at Westminster prior to assuming the role of the General Secretary of the DUP in 1975, a position of which he held until 1979 and which afforded him the opportunity to exert unprecedented influence within the fledgling unionist party.
In 1977, Robinson was elected as a councillor to the Castlereagh Borough Council in Dundonald, Belfast and in 1979 he became the youngest serving Member of Parliament (MP) when he was narrowly elected as MP for Belfast East. He held this seat until being defeated in May 2010, making him the longest-serving MP for any Belfast constituency since the 1800 Act of Union.
In 1980, Robinson was elected as the Deputy Leader of the DUP. Following the re-establishment of devolved government in Northern Ireland as a result of the Good Friday Agreement, Robinson was elected in 1998 as Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the constituency of Belfast East. Robinson subsequently served as Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Finance and Personnel. Robinson was elected unopposed as the new leader of the DUP on 15 April 2008 and was elected as First Minister of Northern Ireland on 5 June 2008.
In January 2010, following a scandal involving his wife Iris Robinson, Robinson temporarily stood down from his position as First Minister and selected Arlene Foster to fulfill the role, under the terms of the Northern Ireland Act 2006. Following an investigation, which cleared Robinson of allegations made by the BBC in relation to the Iris Robinson scandal, he resumed his duties as First Minister and subsequently completed the devolution of policing and justice powers to the Stormont Executive on 5 February 2010.
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