Diane Dodds MEP Non-attached Member of the European Parliament
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Diane grew up on a family farm outside Rathfriland and was educated at Annaclone Primary School, Banbridge Academy and Queen's University. As a teacher, Diane taught History and English in Laurelhill High School for seven years.

In 2003 Diane became the first unionist in a generation to win an Assembly seat in West Belfast. In 2005 she was elected to Belfast City Council with the highest individual vote of any candidate across Northern Ireland ever.

Diane successfully negotiated full membership of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee – the first DUP MEP ever to do so. She also secured representation on the EU Fisheries Committee. Diane became the first Northern Ireland MEP ever to serve on the highly influential Conference of Presidents, the business committee of the Parliament.

During her term as MEP Diane identified a need to increase the level of EU funding coming into Northern Ireland. She has published a 'Signposts to Funding' series, comprising four directories that outline different opportunities for businesses, faith-based organisation, and community groups. When not working in Brussels, Strasbourg or her Lisburn office, Diane enjoys spending time with her family and especially the new addition to the family, her grandson Henry.

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