Aaron Rankin grew up in Belfast and went to school at Wellington College Belfast before going on to study Geology at the Royal School of Mines in Imperial College London. After University he went to work in the oil and gas industry in the North Sea and Libya. In 2012 he relocated to Australia to work in the coal seam gas industry in Queensland. He returned to the Northern Ireland in 2017 where he has been working as an administrator ever since.
Aaron has been very active in the Conservative Party since 2005, at university he was an officer in the Imperial College Conservative Association where he organised talks, gala balls and campaigned for Boris Johnson in the 2008 London Mayoral Election. Since returning to Northern Ireland he has been active in the party through organising, campaigning and becoming Chairman of the South Belfast Conservative Association.
Aaron is a strong believer in individual liberty, free market economics and strong public services. He believes that Northern Ireland should and can take full advantage of the unique situation it finds itself in after Brexit with privileged access to the EU market as well as being part of an independent UK trade policy. He wants to attract more private investment from all over the world to grow Northern Ireland's many wonderful, innovative, small-medium sized businesses into world beaters.
Aaron is standing as the Conservative Candidate for East Antrim in the 2019 General Election as he believes there is huge potential there after Brexit. He wants to take advantage of our new trading freedoms to increase traffic through the Port of Larne as well as tailor our farming and fisheries policy to meet the needs of our vital rural and coastal communities. His approach is to expand activity, attract more investment and create more jobs. With many family connections and a frequent visitor, Aaron is very familiar with all that is wonderful about East Antrim and is driven by a desire to make it even better.