Jeffrey Donaldson was re-elected MP for Lagan Valley on May 7th 2015 with 19055 votes, taking 47.9% of the vote.
Donaldson was born in Kilkeel, County Down, in Northern Ireland. He attended the Kilkeel High School then Castlereagh College. He joined the Ulster Unionist Party and the Orange Order as a young man and later worked for the MP Enoch Powell.
In 1985 he was elected in a by-election to the Northern Ireland Assembly. In 1996 he was first placed candidate on the UUP list for the 1996 forum elections, virtually guaranteeing him a seat. This led to his selection in 1997, for the Westminster Parliament where he was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Lagan Valley constituency.
In 1998 Donaldson was in the Ulster Unionists’ negotiating team for the Good Friday Agreement. However, he walked out of the delegation at the end of the negotiations in protest at some of the arrangements, notably the early release of political prisoners and the renaming of the Royal Ulster Constabulary to The Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Donaldson was returned to the British House of Commons in the 2005 UK general election and in 2007 was appointed to Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, making him the Right Honourable Jeffrey Donaldson MP MLA.
Constituency: Lagan Valley
Constituency Address: The Old Town Hall, 29 Castle Street, Lisburn, Co Antrim, BT27 4DH
Constituency Tel: +44 (028) 9266 8001
Date of Birth: 7 December 1962
Personal Website: http://www.jeffreydonaldson.org/
Westminster Address: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Westminster Tel: 020 7219 3407
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.donaldson1