Jim Allister is the leader of Traditional Unionist Voice and represents North Antrim in the Northern Ireland Assembly. He is the Ulster Politician who put principle before power by resigning from the DUP over its decision to take IRA/Sinn Fein into government. Within Stormont he vigorously takes the battle to the DUP/Sinn Fein coalition and champions the cause restoring to the voters the fundamental democratic rights of being permitted in an election to change their government and even to have an Opposition. Hence he consistently opposes the absurdity of mandatory coalition.
He served Northern Ireland in the European Parliament 2004-09, where he was named by the Taxpayers’ Alliance as the UK’s best MEP. A noted Euro sceptic he strongly opposes the haemorrhaging of powers to Brussels.
Born in County Down in 1953 into a farming family, he studied at Regent House, Newtownards and Queen’s University Belfast, when he first engaged in politics. Having studied law he was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1976 and in 2001 was elevated to the Senior Bar where he enjoyed a successful career specialising in criminal law.
Living in the heart of County Antrim, he is married to Ruth. They have three grown up children, a daughter, two sons and two grandsons.