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The Lord Browne of Belmont
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
24 July 2006
Life peerage
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast East
In office
7 March 2007 – 2011
Preceded byMichael Copeland
Succeeded bySammy Douglas
50th Lord Mayor of Belfast
In office
Preceded byTom Ekin
Succeeded byPatrick McCarthy
Personal details
Born (1947-10-29) 29 October 1947 (age 74)
Political partyDemocratic Unionist Party
Alma materQueen's University Belfast

Wallace Hamilton Browne, Baron Browne of Belmont (born 29 October 1947), is a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) politician, who has been a Member of the House of Lords since 2006, and was a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly (MLA) for East Belfast from 2007 to 2011.

Political career

Browne, a long-serving member of the DUP Central Executive; was a member of Belfast City Council for the Victoria electoral area from 1985 until 2010.

During his time on Belfast City Council, Browne was High Sheriff of the City in 2002 and Lord Mayor of Belfast in 2005–06.

In 2007, Browne was elected in the Assembly elections for the East Belfast seat. He remained a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly until 2011. During his time in the Assembly, he represented his party on various committees, including the Justice Committee, Culture and Arts Committee and the Audit Committee. Browne also served as Chairman of the Assembly Procedures Committee.

Since 2006, he has served in the House of Lords. He was one of the first three members of the DUP to be introduced to the second chamber as a life peer, giving the party its first-ever representation in the House of Lords. The other two being Maurice Morrow, the chairman of the DUP, and Eileen Paisley, the wife of the late Leader of the DUP, Ian Paisley; all became "working" life peers.[1] Browne was raised to the peerage as Baron Browne of Belmont, of Belmont in County Antrim on 12 June 2006.[2]

Browne has been an active working peer during his time in the House of Lords, regularly contributing to debates on a range of issues including: Restoration of the Devolved Institutions in Northern Ireland,[3] Armed Forces Veterans, Military [4] Brexit,[5] Historical Abuse and Gambling. In 2017, Browne secured the first focused debate in the House of Lords on the issue of online gambling.[6][7][8][9] [10][11]

Personal life

Before he was elected as a Member of the NI Assembly in 2007, Browne was previously a grammar school teacher. Browne was also a long-serving trustee of the Somme Association. Browne, a former pupil of Campbell College, Belfast is a graduate of Queen's University, Belfast graduating in 1970 with a Degree in Zoology[12]

See also


  1. ^ "Search for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Browne of Belmont". TheyWorkForYou.
  2. ^ "London Gazette article". Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Tweet". Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Northern Ireland: Legacy of the Troubles - Question for Short Debate". TheyWorkForYou.
  5. ^ "Brexit: Dublin needs to recognise who its real friends are, says Trimble". Belfasttelegraph – via
  6. ^ Brown, Thomas (7 September 2021). "Online Gambling: Problem Gamblers and the Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme" – via Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Online Gambling - Motion to Take Note". TheyWorkForYou.
  9. ^ "Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019: Section 3(5) - Tuesday 7 January 2020 - Hansard - UK Parliament".
  10. ^ "Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Bill [HL] - Monday 28 October 2019 - Hansard - UK Parliament".
  11. ^ "Brexit: Negotiations - Tuesday 20 November 2018 - Hansard - UK Parliament".
  12. ^ "Wallace Browne MLA". 2 March 2009.
Civic offices Preceded byAlan Crowe High Sheriff of Belfast 2002–2003 Succeeded byMargaret Clarke Preceded byTom Ekin Lord Mayor of Belfast 2005–06 Succeeded byPatrick McCarthy Northern Ireland Assembly Preceded byMichael Copeland MLA for Belfast East 2007–2011 Succeeded bySammy Douglas Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom Preceded byThe Lord Bradley GentlemenBaron Browne of Belmont Followed byThe Lord Low of Dalston