Martin Smyth

Former UUP MP for Belfast South

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Work-Life Balance 7 Apr 2005

    May I first thank you, Mr. Speaker, for defending the rights of Back Benchers in minority parties? I wish to press the Minister on single women who have carried a load through life and have often been forgotten about in carrying responsibility for aged parents and others. Does she share my concern about job sharing, particularly in Departments where there does not seem to be a working...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Darfur 5 Apr 2005

    The hon. Member for Glasgow, Maryhill (Ann McKechin) referred to the lack of trust in the Sudanese Government. Although one welcomes the improvement of the situation in Darfur, albeit there is still a long way to go, what assessment has been made of the impact of the continuing conflict in Darfur on the peace deal between the south and the north?
  • Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Darfur 5 Apr 2005

    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the continuing conflict in Darfur on the North-South Sudanese peace deal.

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Former UUP MP for Belfast South

Entered the House of Commons on 4 March 1982 — unknown

Left the House of Commons on 11 April 2005 — did not stand for re-election

Party was UUP until 22 Jun 2003; Independent Ulster Unionist until 8 Jan 2004


Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 11 Apr 2005.

6. Overseas visits
19-22 May 2004, to Taiwan for the inauguration of the new President as a guest of the Government of Taiwan. (Registered 10 June 2004)

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