Denis Watson (politician)

Denis Watson is a former politician in Northern Ireland.

Denis Watson
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Upper Bann
In office
25 June 1998 – 26 November 2003
Preceded byNew Creation
Succeeded byStephen Moutray
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic Unionist Party
Other political
United Unionist Coalition
ProfessionFinancial Consultant

Watson worked as a financial consultant and became the Grand Master of the County Armagh Orange Lodge.[1] He was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 as an independent Unionist representing Upper Bann. With two other anti-agreement Unionists, he formed the United Unionist Coalition, and was registered as its leader.

In 2000, Watson joined the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), but Template:As late as remains the officially registered leader of the United Unionist Coalition.[2] In 2001, he failed to be elected as a DUP candidate for Craigavon Borough Council.[3] He also failed to retain his Assembly seat in 2003. As of November 2012 he remains County Grand Master of County Armagh.[4]


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  4. ^ Colin McCusker [@CCMcCusker123] (3 November 2012). "County Grand Master Denis Watson JP reminds the gathering that tomorrow is King William III 's birthday" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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Northern Ireland Assembly
New assembly MLA for Upper Bann
Succeeded by
Stephen Moutray