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Sandra Cobain


Fred Cobain

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30 April 1946 (age 78) (

Political party
Democratic Unionist Party

"System has perfected division.."

Fred Cobain, MBE (born 30 April 1946) is a Democratic Unionist Party politician from Northern Ireland. He was a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly from 1998 until 2011.


Political career

Cobain was first elected to Belfast City Council in 1985. He served as Lord Mayor of Belfast in 1990–1991. In 1996 he was an unsuccessful candidate in the Northern Ireland Forum election in North Belfast. He had been an Ulster Unionist Party Northern Ireland Assembly Member for North Belfast since 1998.

Cobain was Chair of the Assembly's Committee for Social Development and served two terms on the Northern Ireland Policing Board

On 29 December 2007 he was named MBE in the New Year Honours 2008.

After the Christmas 2010 water crisis, Cobain supported a vote of no confidence in Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy, saying "At the end of the day in all of these issues the individual who leads the department is responsible and I have to say if this was any other part of the UK, or any other part of these islands, the minister would have been away weeks ago...This minister doesn't appear to accept any responsibility for anything."

On 14 January 2013, Fred Cobain left the Ulster Unionist party which he had served for more than 30 years. He joined the Democratic Unionist Party saying the UUP was "riven with personal and policy divisions" and was "politically exhausted". Cobain was co-opted on to Carrickfergus Borough Council as a councillor for the Carrick Castle area. He ran for the DUP but failed to be elected to the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in the May 2014 Elections.


He is married and has two children.


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