James Molyneaux | Press Association | 15025
James Molyneaux was admitted to the Privy Council in 1983. He was knighted in 1996 and given a life peerage in 1997. He never married.
writes David McKittrick in The Independent.
James Molyneaux was the leader of Northern Ireland’s Protestant Orange Order and an MP and Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party. He was a friend of Enoch Powell, and served as Party Leader until he lost his Parliamentary seat in 1995.
Never a bigot, and remembered for his twinkling eyes and softly softly approach, he was a traditionalist who hated change and worked to preserve the status quo in the Province – domination by the Unionists.
…when John Hume entered talks with Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein, Molyneaux said he had “sold his soul to the devil”.
James Henry Molyneaux, politician: born County Antrim 27 August 1920; Kt 1996, created a life peer 1997; died 9 March 2015 age 94.