Roger Hutchinson
Roger Hutchinson is a former politician
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 in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
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After attending Larne Technical College, Hutchinson became a religious minister. He also joined the Orange Order. He moved into business in 1990.

Hutchinson 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:...

 for the UK Unionist Party
UK Unionist Party
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 (UKUP) in East Antrim
East Antrim (Assembly constituency)
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. With three of the other four UKUP members in the Assembly, he left in January 1999, disagreeing with leader Robert McCartney
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's policy of resigning from the Assembly should Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
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 become part of the power sharing executive. They formed the Northern Ireland Unionist Party
Northern Ireland Unionist Party
The Northern Ireland Unionist Party was a small political party in Northern Ireland. It was formed in January 1999 as a splinter party from the UK Unionist Party . This split was caused by disagreement between the five UKUP members of the Northern Ireland Assembly...


At the end of 1999, Hutchinson was expelled from the NIUP for accepting seats on two statutory committees, against party policy. He then sat as an independent Unionist
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. In November 2000, he joined the Democratic Unionist Party
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 (DUP), and he was elected to Newtownabbey Borough Council
Newtownabbey Borough Council
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 for the DUP in 2001
Northern Ireland local elections, 2001
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. He officially became part of the DUP Assembly group in April 2002. However, he resigned from the DUP before the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2003
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, in which he stood in East Antrim as an independent
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, failing to be elected.

Hutchinson did not restand for his council seat in 2005
Northern Ireland local elections, 2005
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. In January 2007 at Belfast Crown Court, he denied sexually assaulting a female council employee.
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