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Gavin James Robinson (born 22 November 1984) is a Democratic Unionist Party politician from Belfast in Northern Ireland. A barrister by profession, he was Lord Mayor of Belfast in 2012–2013 and has been MP for Belfast East in the UK House of Commons since the 2015 general election.[2]

Gavin Robinson

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Member of Parliament
for Belfast East
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byNaomi Long
Majority8,474 (19.8 %)
57th Lord Mayor of Belfast
In office
Preceded byNiall Ó Donnghaile
Succeeded byMáirtín Ó Muilleoir
Member of the Belfast City Council
In office
Preceded bySammy Wilson
Succeeded byBrian Kennedy
ConstituencyPottinger (2011–2014)
Titanic (2014–2015)
Personal details
Gavin James Robinson[1]

(1984-11-22) 22 November 1984 (age 34)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Political partyDemocratic Unionist Party
Alma materQueen's University Belfast


Robinson is a lifelong East Belfast resident. Educated at Queen's University Belfast, he read Law and attained a Masters in Irish Politics before commencing practice as a barrister. Raised a Presbyterian, he currently attends the Church of Ireland.[citation needed] He is married. Gavin Robinson is unrelated to former DUP leader and Belfast East MP Peter Robinson.[3]

Robinson was co-opted to Belfast City Council in March 2010 to replace Sammy Wilson representing the Pottinger electoral area of South and East Belfast.[4] He was returned to the council as an alderman in the 2011 local elections and elected Lord Mayor by the council for the year beginning 1 June 2012. He was a member of the East Belfast District Policing and Community Safety Partnership subgroup and represented the council on the boards of the Ulster Orchestra and the 2013 World Police and Fire Games held in Belfast.

He won the constituency of Belfast East for the Democratic Unionist Party, defeating the incumbent Naomi Long of the Alliance Party, to become a Member of Parliament in the 2015 UK General Election.

In March 2019, Robinson was one of 21 MPs who voted against LGBT inclusive sex and relationship education in English schools.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9128.
  2. ^ "BBC News - DUP's Gavin Robinson is new Lord Mayor of Belfast". Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Four Northern Ireland constituencies to watch". RTÉ.ie. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017. Gavin Robinson (no relation of Peter’s)
  4. ^ Staff. "Robinson is new Belfast Lord Mayor". Retrieved 5 June 2015.
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