|Preceded by Mark Robinson|
Profession Police Officer
Succeeded by Emma Pengelly
Party Democratic Unionist Party
Role British Politician
Name Jimmy Spratt
|Born 19 August 1951 (age 64) (1951-08-19) |
Political party Democratic Unionist Party
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Jimmy Spratt (born 19 August 1951) is a British politician and former police officer from Northern Ireland. He was an MLA for South Belfast from 2007 to 2015.
Spratt is a former Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officer who joined in 1972 and served for 30 years in Derry and Belfast. He worked for the Close Protection Unit including as Primary Protection Officer and was attached to a former Secretary of State, NIO Ministers, the RUC Chief Constable and other VIPs.
He was heavily involved in the Police Federation for Northern Ireland and acted as Chairman until his retirement. He served on Government Committees at regional and national level representing the British Police Service and has served on the Home Office Working Group for Health and Safety and Police Negotiating Board for pay and conditions across the UK.
Spratt was an MLA for South Belfast in the Northern Ireland Assembly from 2007 to 2015. He was also a Councillor on Castlereagh Borough Council from 2005 to 2014, and served as the leader of the DUP group.
Political positions held:
He stood as a DUP candidate for the Belfast South constituency in the 2005 United Kingdom General Election, losing his seat to Alasdair McDonnell of the SDLP by 1,235 votes. Gaining the name Splitter Spratt. In the 2010 general election he again lost, and McDonnell increased his majority from 3.9% to 17.3%.
When the chief executive of Translink was criticised for not appearing before Stormont's regional development committee, Spratt said that he did not think it was "a hardship for someone on £200,000" to appear before it and "explain what's going on".
Spratt has made uncomplimentary and impolitic comments regarding cyclists and called those who objected to the proposals for the Maze 'nutters' which he denied until Hansard was published and he was obliged to apologise.
He has been married for over thirty years, with four grown-up sons and is an active member of his local Presbyterian church..