|Member of the Legislative Assembly|
for Belfast West
25 June 1998 – 26 November 2003
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|Succeeded by||Diane Dodds|
|Member of Parliament |
for Belfast West
9 April 1992 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Gerry Adams|
|Succeeded by||Gerry Adams|
|Born||12 November 1932|
Hendron, also a local GP physician for 40 years, was first elected as a political representative of Belfast West in 1975 to the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention. He was later elected to Belfast City Council in 1981 and in 1982 to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Hendron was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Belfast West between April 1992 and May 1997 in the UK Parliament in London. He had taken the seat from Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams at his third attempt with a majority of 1%. He became the only nationalist MP to defeat Adams. The seat had previously been held for the SDLP by Gerry Fitt (later Lord Fitt) until 1983. Hendron attracted unprecedented cross-community support from Nationalists and Unionists in the constituency. This was the only example where an SDLP candidate received a high amount of Unionist votes in Belfast West that un-seated a Sinn Fein candidate.
Adams regained the seat at the next election in May 1997.
In 1996 Hendron was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum and in 1998 to the newly reconvened Northern Ireland Assembly. However he lost his seat in the 2003 Northern Ireland Assembly election to a member of Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party.
He was appointed a member of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission in 2005 Dr Hendron retired in December 2010 from this body.
- Appointments made to parades body, BBC News, 30 November 2005, accessed 12 February 2012
- New Parades Commission for Northern Ireland appointed, BBC News, 20 December 2010, accessed 12 February 2012
|Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention|
|New convention|| Member for West Belfast
|Northern Ireland Assembly (1982)|
|New assembly|| MPA for West Belfast
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Belfast West
|Northern Ireland Forum|
|New forum|| Member for West Belfast
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|New assembly|| MLA for Belfast West