Alderman Edwin Poots MLA

Democratic Unionist Party


Alderman Edwin Poots MLA (b. 1965) is a Northern Irish politician and a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Lagan Valley. He is one of three DUP MLAs for Lagan Valley.

Edwin was born in 1965 and was educated at the Wallace High School, Lisburn, and then Greenmount Agricultural College. He is married with four children. He is a farmer and serves on Lisburn City Council. His father, Charles Poots was also a DUP politician, having stood in the 1969 Northern Ireland General Election for the Protestant Unionist Party.

Edwin was a member of the Environment Committee and chaired the Committee of the Centre (i.e. Committee for the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers) in the 1998-2003 Assembly. On 8 May 2007, he was appointed Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure in the Northern Ireland Executive, a post he held until 9 June 2008 when a cabinet re-shuffle saw this post being reassigned to Gregory Campbell. He was subsequently made Deputy Mayor of Lisburn on June 23rd 2008.

Edwin is a young earth creationist and an opponent of the theory of evolution.


James Tinsley – Personal Assistant

James Tinsley is a Councillor representing Lisburn City Council.

He was elected in 1999 for the Killultagh Ward which takes in villages such as, Moira, Glenavy, Dundrod, Stoneyford, Ballinderry, Aghalee, Maghaberry etc.

Whilst a Councillor on Lisburn City Council James has had the opportunity to serve on all committees as well as outside bodies. He has been Chairman of the Environmental Health Committee and the Planning Committee.  As well as this James has been deputy Mayor, and just finished being the City's youngest ever first citizen for 07/08, which was a fantastic opportunity.

Working for Edwin as his Personal Assistant is his full-time job, where he is based in the Old Town Hall in Lisburn.