Glenn Barr wants to offer a new type of political representation to the working class of Derry.

As political thought in Northern Ireland changes, Glenn Barr offers a new kind of political representation to the working class Protestants of Derry.

Old style true blue unionism has largely been rejected, the slogans have been kept but the leaders have been changed.

32 year-old Glenn Barr is the direct opposite of the type of representation that the people of Protestant Derry had in the past. 

A Protestant faith is the only thing he has in common with his community's previous representatives like Robin Chichester Clark and Commander Albert Anderson.

A native of Derry, Barr comes from a working class family of ten. This along with his background as a militant trade unionist holding the position as chairman of the co-ordinating committee that ran the Ulster Workers Council (UWC) has made him popular on the back streets and new housing estates of Derry. He played a role in the UWC strike across Northern Ireland in 1974 which led to the collapse of the first attempt at power sharing in the north. His efforts then moved to more community based politics.

We felt that the people had not been represented.

An office open to the public from 9.30 am to 5.30 am offers people a place to voice their concerns and seek representation. 

I'm not this aloof politician sitting in Stormont in Belfast that they only see every five years. I'm here and I'm available to them any time they want me.

Due to the sectarian divide, most of the people Glenn Barr sees are Protestant but he is open to providing the same service to Roman Catholics.

This episode of 'Seven Days' was broadcast on 12 July 1974. The presenter is Nicholas Coffey.