Billy Bell
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Lagan Valley
In office
25 June 1998 – 7 March 2007
Preceded byNew Creation
Succeeded byBasil McCrea
Personal details
Born09 October 1935
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died9 June 2020
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Resting placeDundonald Cemetery
Political partyUlster Unionist Party

William Bradshaw Bell, OBE, JP (9 October 1935 – 9 June 2020), was a Unionist politician from Northern Ireland and former Lord Mayor of Belfast.

He served as a Councillor on Belfast City Council from 1976 to 1985 and was Lord Mayor of Belfast from 1979 to 1980. He also served on Lisburn Council (1989–2007) and was Mayor of the City of Lisburn in 2003.

He was Personal Assistant to MP Rt Hon Sir James Molyneaux from 1976 to 1997. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention (1975–1976) for North Belfast, and to the Northern Ireland Assembly for the Lagan Valley constituency in 1998 and again in 2003. In 1996 he was an unsuccessful candidate in the Northern Ireland Forum election in Lagan Valley.[1] Bell stood in the 2007 election after re-selection by his party, however he lost his seat to fellow UUP candidate, Basil McCrea.

He was appointed a Justice of the peace in 1985, and is a former member of the Northern Ireland Housing Council.[citation needed]


Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention New convention Member for North Belfast 1975–1976 Convention abolished Northern Ireland Assembly (1982) New assembly MPA for South Antrim 1982–1986 Assembly abolished Northern Ireland Assembly New assembly MLA for Lagan Valley 1998–2007 Succeeded byBasil McCrea Civic offices Preceded byDavid Cook Lord Mayor of Belfast 1979–1980 Succeeded byJohn Carson Preceded byBetty Campbell Mayor of Lisburn 2002–2003 Succeeded byCecil Calvert