skip to content

Sammy Wilson

Sammy Wilson was a Democratic Unionist Party - D.U.P. candidate in East Antrim constituency in the UK Parliament elections. They were elected with 16,871 votes.

profile photo of Sammy Wilson

Sammy Wilson's policies

Statement to voters

Sammy Wilson MP was born in Belfast in April 1953, one of four children and is the son of Pastor and Mrs Alexander Wilson who was the head of the Elim Church in Northern Ireland.

Full statement

Sammy is now one of Northern Ireland’s best known politicians. He was educated at Methodist College, Belfast. He went on to graduate in Economics and Politics from Queens University, Belfast and then Stranmillis Teaching College. Sammy took up a teaching post at Grosvernor Grammar School where he was to become Head of Economics and Assistant Chief Examiner for A-level Economics in Northern Ireland.

Sammy began his life in politics as the Democratic Unionist Party’s Press Officer and in 1981 he was elected as a DUP Councillor to Belfast City Council, a position he held until 2010. Sammy became the first person from the DUP Party to serve as Lord Mayor of Belfast in 1986/1987 and then again in 2000/2001.

Sammy was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum in May 1996 for the Constituency of East Belfast (1996-1998) and went on to represent this area again after he was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly upon its creation in June 1998. In the 2003 Assembly elections, Sammy stood as a candidate in the East Antrim constituency alongside fellow DUP candidates, George Dawson and David Hilditch. All three were successful in the election and served as Members of the Legislative Assembly.

On 9 June 2008, Sammy became part of the Assembly Executive as Minister for the Environment. His appointment and tenure as Environment Minister were heavily criticised by Environmental Groups because Sammy believes that climate change is not man-made and the myth of climate change is based on dodgy science not proven. He is not a fan of the Green Lobby who try to scaremonger people with their alarmist views.

In June 2009 after an Executive reshuffle, Sammy became the Minister for Finance and Personnel. He was replaced as the Minister of Finance and Personnel, again after a planned reshuffle by Simon Hamilton MLA in 2013. During his time in the Northern Ireland Assembly Sammy also served on the Northern Policing Board and the Education Committee.

In the 2005 Westminster Elections Sammy defeated Roy Beggs of the Ulster Unionist Party to become the Member of Parliament for East Antrim with 49.6% of the vote.

In 2016 coming up to the referendum on Brexit, Sammy campaigned vigorously for the United Kingdom to leave the EU and believes that the country would be better served being in charge of our own finances, trade and immigration laws. He serves on the Brexit Committee at Westminster.

Away from politics, Sammy is a keen motorbike enthusiast, a keen gardener, he is an ardent reader and is well known for his sense of humour.


This statement was added by Sammy Wilson, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere".

Record in office

See this candidate's record on TheyWorkForYou - their speeches, voting history and more

About Sammy Wilson


Samuel Wilson is a British politician serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Antrim since 2005. He served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Belfast East from 1998 to 2003 and for East Antrim from 2003 until 2015. He served as Lord Mayor of Belfast from 1986 to 1987 and again from 2000 to 2001, the first person from the DUP to hold the office. He has also served as Minister of Finance and Personnel and Minister of the Environment in the Northern Ireland Executive. He has endorsed an Ulster Defence Association document calling for genocide should the British abandon Northern Ireland.

Read more on Wikipedia

Sammy Wilson online

We don't know Sammy Wilson's email address.
Can you add it?

Latest tweets

Sammy Wilson's Elections

Date Election Party Results
2019 East Antrim: UK Parliament elections Democratic Unionist Party - D.U.P. 16,871 votes (elected)
2017 East Antrim: 2017 General Election Democratic Unionist Party - D.U.P. 21,873 votes (elected)
2015 East Antrim: UK Parliament elections Democratic Unionist Party - D.U.P. 12,103 votes (elected)
2010 East Antrim: UK Parliament elections Democratic Unionist Party - D.U.P. 13,993 votes (elected)

All elections where you live

Enter your postcode to get information about elections, your candidates and where to vote.