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Edwin Poots MLA

Assumed office 
1 July 2009
Preceded by Sammy Wilson

Born 1965
Northern Ireland
Political party Democratic Unionist Party

Alderman Edwin Poots MLA (b. 1965) is a Northern Irish politician and a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Lagan Valley. He is one of three DUP MLAs for Lagan Valley.

Poots was born in 1965 and was educated at the Wallace High School, Lisburn, and then Greenmount Agricultural College. He is married with four children. He is a farmer and serves on Lisburn City Council. His father, Charles Poots was also a DUP politician, having stood in the 1969 Northern Ireland General Election for the Protestant Unionist Party.

Poots was a member of the Environment Committee and chaired the Committee of the Centre (i.e. Committee for the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers) in the 1998-2003 Assembly. On 8 May 2007, he was appointed Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure in the Northern Ireland Executive, a post he held until 9 June 2008, when a cabinet re-shuffle saw this post being reassigned to Gregory Campbell. It has been speculated that he was removed as Minister of Culture due to his support of the Maze stadium proposals[1]. He was subsequently made Deputy Mayor of Lisburn on 23 June[2]

On 1 July 2009, Poots was returned to the Government as Minister of the Environment, in charge of the Department of the Environment.

Poots is a young earth creationist and an opponent of the theory of evolution.[3]


Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Office suspended
MLA for Lagan Valley
1998 -
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Office suspended
Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure
2007 - 2008
Succeeded by
Gregory Campbell
Preceded by
Sammy Wilson
Minister of the Environment
2009 -
Succeeded by


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