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DUP's Guy Spence on his special relationships

By Kerry McKittrick

Published 02/10/2015

Political path: Guy Spence
Political path: Guy Spence

The 23-year-old DUP politician was elected to Belfast City Council at the age of just 19 and is now Deputy Lord Mayor of the city.

My best friends

I have three best friends: Aaron, David and Gary. We all went to Belfast Boys' Model School together and we've hung around together at the weekend ever since. Aaron is currently studying law, David is a civil servant and Gary is a computer whizz.

They give me plenty of stick about my political career and they certainly bring me back down to earth at weekends from some of the things that have happened during the week.

My parents, Violet and Jim

My mum does secretarial work and my dad is a civil servant, although he did serve in the military so he has enforced discipline and respect in our house as we were growing up. I also have a brother, Dean who used to play for Glentoran, but has now changed paths and is in the military - that was his dream.

I'm certainly a mummy's boy and my mum was the person to rule our house. I first was elected to council when I was 19 so my parents were, of course, a little concerned about me entering politics and the changes that I would have to make to my life at such a young age.

I think my role in politics has, in fact, allayed their fears - I'm still a normal 23-year-old who happens to represent his community.

They've been nothing but supportive since I joined the council in 2011.

My mentors

It's a big thing to give a 19-year-old an opportunity - not just in politics, but to trust me enough to give me a position in elected politics where you are under scrutiny every day.

The person who had the confidence in me to do that was Nigel Dodds. The whole team within the City Hall were also fantastic, particularly someone who had already walked the same path as a young man, Gavin Robinson. They have all been terrific.

Person I go to for advice

For me any advice comes from my two grannies - Elsie and Marie. Both of those ladies have been my rock throughout my life.

They're two completely different individuals, but they're very spiritual women and they're two people I know I can rely on if I ever need to talk to anyone.

They each help in different ways. When I was standing for election, one even got all of her friends to come out and help to leaflet and canvas.

My celebrity crush

That's a difficult one - I'm 23 so you have a number of celebrity crushes at my age. The two people for me are model Nadia Forde, who was on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here - I've met her a couple of times and she's a terrific girl. The other person is Margot Robbie from The Wolf Of Wall Street.

Fantasy dinner party

My first guest is a bit of an icon - John F Kennedy.

The next person would be Frank Sinatra as I love his music and would love to sing along with him.

Next, I would ask Michelle Keegan - I couldn't fit her in for the crush answer, but I sat next to her on a plane once and she seems very down to earth.

Finally, I would ask Muhammad Ali. I'm a massive boxing fan so I would love to sit with him and hear all his stories.

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