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Edwin Poots

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Poots in 2013
Minister of Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs
Assumed office
11 January 2020
First Minister Arlene Foster
Paul Givan
Preceded by Michelle McIlveen
Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party
In office
28 May 2021 – 30 June 2021
Deputy Paula Bradley
Preceded by Arlene Foster
Succeeded by Jeffrey Donaldson
Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
In office
6 May 2011 – 23 September 2014
Preceded by Michael McGimpsey
Succeeded by Jim Wells
Minister of the Environment
In office
1 July 2009 – 6 May 2011
Preceded by Sammy Wilson
Succeeded by Alex Attwood
Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure
In office
8 May 2007 – 9 June 2008
Preceded by Michael McGimpsey
Succeeded by Gregory Campbell
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Lagan Valley
Assumed office
25 June 1998
Preceded by Constituency created
Personal details
Born 27 May 1965 (1965-05-27) (age 56)
Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party Democratic Unionist
Spouse(s) Glynis Poots
Children 4
Alma mater College of Agriculture
Occupation Farmer
Gordon Lyons served as Acting Agriculture Minister from 2 February 2021 to 8 March 2021 while Poots temporarily stood aside for health reasons.
Poots announced that he had requested a new leadership contest on 17 June 2021, but remained in office until a successor was elected.

Edwin Poots (born 27 April 1965) is a Unionist politician in Northern Ireland who served as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) from May to June 2021. He was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Lagan Valley in 1998, and was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs in January 2020.

In 2007, First Minister Ian Paisley appointed Poots to the Northern Ireland Executive as Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure. Poots left office after Peter Robinson became First Minister in 2008. In 2009, Poots returned to the Northern Ireland Executive as Minister of the Environment, before being promoted to Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in 2011. He was removed as Health Minister in 2014. In 2020, he was reappointed to the Executive by First Minister Arlene Foster as Minister of Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs.

After Foster resigned as DUP leader in 2021, Poots was elected as her successor, defeating Jeffrey Donaldson. However, less than three weeks later, on 17 June, following controversy over his decision to nominate Paul Givan to be First Minister, Poots announced that he had requested a new leadership contest and that he would remain in post until a successor was appointed. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson succeeded Poots on 30 June 2021.

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