I'm a UK Unionist.
I believe in the United Kingdom, the continuing Union of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
I believe the creation of devolved "governments" in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, along with the corresponding unsolved "English Question", has weakened that Union. I hope to see the return of one sovereign parliament, based at Westminster, governing and having sole authority for an entire and United Kingdom.
Outside my Unionism, I consider myself as an economic libertarian and social liberal. The present-day Conservative Party would be the national party which would come closest to representing my political beliefs.
I have previously belonged to the "Friends of the Conservatives" and the UUP but am no longer connected with either party.
My biggest political influences/heroes would be Edward Carson, Benjamin Disraeli, Edgar Graham and my father.
My political philosophy
A Better Union
I am married and a native of Belfast, but have lived in West Cumbria, London and mainland Europe and worked in the fields of both finance and education. I am presently self-employed. In my spare time I enjoy running (have just completed my second marathon!), football, travel, reading, keeping tropical fish and playing the guitar (very badly!)
If interested, you can read more about me here in this interview with the Labour blogger, Paul Burgin.