Boyd Douglas
Albert Boyd Douglas, known as Boyd Douglas (born 13 July 1950) is a politician
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 in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
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Douglas attended Strabane Agriculture College before working as a farmer
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. He was elected as a Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party
The Ulster Unionist Party – sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or, in a historic sense, simply the Unionist Party – is the more moderate of the two main unionist political parties in Northern Ireland...

 representative on Limavady Borough Council
Limavady Borough Council
Limavady Borough Council is a Local Council in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Its headquarters is in the town of Limavady. The Borough has a population of over 32,000 with 63% of the population living in a rural setting. It covers an area of 586 square kilometres and includes the valley...

 in 1997, but soon resigned in opposition to the Good Friday Agreement.

Douglas was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly
Northern Ireland Assembly
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 in 1998
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1998
-Seats summary:-Details:Although the SDLP won the most first preference votes, the Ulster Unionists won the most seats in the Assembly. This has been attributed to several reasons, including:...

 as an independent Unionist
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 representing East Londonderry
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. With two other anti-agreement Unionists, he formed the United Unionist Coalition
United Unionist Coalition
The United Unionist Coalition, formerly known as the United Unionist Assembly Party, was formed by three unionist members of the Northern Ireland Assembly who were elected as "independent unionists" in 1998. They were Fraser Agnew, Boyd Douglas and Denis Watson...

. He retained his seat on the council in 2001, but lost his Assembly seat, along with all the other Coalition MLAs, in 2003
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2003
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. In 2005, he was able to top the poll in his seat in Limavady
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Douglas subsequently joined Traditional Unionist Voice
Traditional Unionist Voice
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, and will contest the East Londonderry seat for the party at the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2011.
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