Brian Wilson

Former Green MLA for North Down

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

The option of online voting was removed, and a number of MPs may have been unable to vote because they were not physically able to attend.

10th June 2020 onwards

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Recent appearances

  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Planning Bill: Final Stage 23 Mar 2011

    I declare an interest as a member of North Down Borough Council who has been involved in very many planning applications. The Bill is obviously one of the most important to have come before the Assembly. However, I am concerned about its impact over the next decades and about its late introduction in the House. The present system is clearly unacceptable, and no one — developers,...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Local Government (Disqualification) Bill: Final Stage 9 Mar 2011

    I thank the Member for his intervention, but that is not my point. I was trying to make the point that MLAs would be the only people who could not become councillors. Everybody else could, and that discriminates against MLAs. Some people have argued that MLAs cannot do both jobs efficiently, but there is no evidence to support that. There is great public hostility to the principle of...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Local Government (Disqualification) Bill: Final Stage 9 Mar 2011

    I am very much aware of that, and I certainly support it. It should be introduced. There is no evidence to support the argument that the Bill would attract a large number of new people and new blood into the Assembly or perhaps councils. Three female Members have left the Assembly and have been replaced by males. If you want to increase the number of females involved in the political process,...

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Former Green MLA for North Down

Entered the Assembly on 9 March 2007 — election

Left the Assembly on 24 March 2011 — Dissolved for election

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