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Roy Beggs, Jr, MLA

Assumed office 
25 June 1998
Preceded by New Creation

Born 3 July 1962 (1962-07-03) (age 47)
Glenoe,[1] Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
Spouse(s) Sandra Beggs
Residence Glenoe[2]
Alma mater Queen's University of Belfast
Profession Engineer

Roy Beggs, Jr., MLA (born 3 July 1962) is a Northern Ireland Unionist politician, and the son of the politician Roy Beggs.

He is currently an Ulster Unionist member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for East Antrim, which his father formerly represented in the Westminster Parliament. He is also a member of Carrickfergus Borough Council

In 2003 Beggs succeeded in having Irish rebel music removed from the in-flight entertainment of Aer Lingus airplanes. Beggs complained of the "Blatant promotion of militant, armed republicanism" on a music channel during a flight from Dublin to Boston after seeing that Derek Warfield had a radio channel dedicated to his music. Beggs, it was the same as "the speeches of Osama Bin Laden being played on a trans-Atlantic Arabian airline."[3]

Aer Lingus removed the material from their flights stating: "It is something that should not have been on board and we removed it immediately we became aware of it."[4]

Election results

Beggs Jnr has successfully contested every election for the Northern Ireland Assembly since 1998. In 1998 Beggs Jnr polled 16.1% of the popular vote; 16.7% in 2003; and 10.2% in 2007. Beggs Jnr topped the poll in 1998 and 2003 and the UUP returned two candidates. From 1998-2007 the Ulster Unionist Party have lost 8% vote share.[5]


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Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Antrim East
1998 -
Succeeded by

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