Stewart Dickson is an Alliance Party Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for East Antrim. He was elected to serve the constituency in May 2011. He is Chief Whip of the Alliance Party Assembly Group and a member of the party's Executive Committee.
Stewart is a member of the Assembly's Justice Committee, where he is working to ensure that Northern Ireland has a faster, fairer system that provides justice for all; that meets local needs by providing local solutions; and that works in partnership with other departments and agencies, as well as the wider community, to provide a safer, shared future for us all.
Stewart is also a member of the Social Development Committee, where he is working to tackle poverty and social exclusion, protecting families and the most vulnerable in our society. He brings to the table Alliance’s recognition that a shared and integrated society requires economic and social inequalities to be tackled, and barriers to an inclusive society such as poverty, sectarianism, deprivation, and lack of opportunity to be addressed. Stewart is currently involved in the Committee’s inquiry into allegations arising from the BBC’s ‘Spotlight’ programme, aired on 3 July 2013. The programme made allegations of wrongful political interference in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, potential breaches of the Ministerial Code and misleading the Assembly and Committee of Social Development.
In addition to his Committee responsibilities, Stewart is a member of the Assembly All Party Groups on Diabetes (on which he is the Vice Chair) and International Development.
Stewart was born and raised in East Antrim and believes in providing the people of this great constituency with the standard of leadership and representation they deserve.
A strong voice in the community, Stewart was a member of Carrickfergus Borough Council for over 30 years, representing constituents from all over the Borough and wider afield.
Stewart is a leading voice of the people on welfare rights, planning issues, environmental matters, open spaces, improved roads and public transport. He is a passionate campaigner for the introduction of third-party rights of appeal in planning decisions. He is particularly proud of his participation in the campaign to save the green belt around Greenisland.
A long time Trade Union activist and an Alliance Party member since its inception, Stewart has taken the lead in anti-sectarian campaigns in the workplace and the community, working with such groups as Counteract and the Peace People.
Until his election, Stewart was employed as a Senior Employment Relations Manager in the Labour Relations Agency, where he was a nationally trained workplace mediator and Arbitration Secretary.
Stewart is a Winston Churchill Fellow. Only 100 British Citizens are awarded these fellowships annually, to recognise 4-8 weeks of international travel and learning which benefits others in the UK through sharing the results of their experience.
Stewart is married to Sandra, who is an active member of the Alliance Party in East Antrim. They are also members of Greenisland Presbyterian Church, where Stewart is an Elder.
A local youth leader, Stewart has been involved with 1st Greenisland Boys' Brigade Company as Captain and an officer, and has sat on the boards of Governors in Silverstream, Greenisland, Woodlawn and Carrickfergus Central primary schools He also has an interest in a wide range of community and other groups throughout the Constituency.
Stewart's vision is for a united community, strong economy and sustainable environment in East Antrim.