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Walter Millar is a unionist politician in Northern Ireland.

Millar grew up on a farm in Newmills, County Tyrone. He became the founding secretary of the Newmills Apprentice Boys in 1982.[1] He was elected to Cookstown District Council for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) at the Northern Ireland local elections, 1985, and held his seat in 1989.[2] For part of this period, he served as Vice-Chairman of the council.[1]

Millar resigned from the DUP in the mid-1990s, joining the Ulster Independence Movement.[3] He stood for his new party in Mid Ulster at the 1996 elections to the Northern Ireland Forum, but his list only took 263 votes, and he was not elected.[4] He also failed to be elected from his fourth place on the party's regional list.[5]

Millar was also a leading figure in the Tyrone Orange Order, and rose to become Deputy Grand Master to Joel Patton. Like Patton, he was a leading figure in the Spirit of Drumcree group, and the two were compelled to leave the order in 1998.[6]

Opposing the St Andrews Agreement, Millar joined the UK Unionist Party, and stood in Mid Ulster again at the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2007.[7] In one of the party's better results, he took 2.7% of the votes cast.[8] The party disbanded soon afterwards, and Millar became the founding Mid Ulster Chairman of Traditional Unionist Voice. He stood in the Westminster constituency of Mid Ulster at the 2010 UK general election, holding his deposit, taking fifth place and 7.3% of the votes cast.[9] The following year, he stood in the equivalent constituency at the Assembly election, and received 4.7% of the vote.[10] He also stood for TUV in Cookstown at the Northern Ireland local elections, 2011, but came bottom of the poll, with 461 votes.[11]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Election 2010 : Northern Ireland candidates (TUV)", BBC News
  2. "Local Government Elections 1985 -1989: Cookstown, Northern Ireland Elections
  3. George Harding, "Comments bear little significance", Belfast Newsletter, 16 May 2007
  4. "1996 Forum Elections: Candidates in Mid Ulster", Northern Ireland Elections
  5. "The 1996 Forum Elections: Regional List of Candidates", Northern Ireland Elections
  6. Eric P. Kaufmann, The Orange Order, pp.168-199
  7. "Billy Kennedy's election predictions start today", Belfast Newsletter, 5 March 2007
  8. "Mid Ulster", Northern Ireland Elections
  9. "Election 2010: Mid Ulster", BBC News
  10. "Your Constituency - Mid Ulster", UTV
  11. "Cookstown District Council Elections 1993-2011", Northern Ireland Elections
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