2010 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

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United Kingdom general election, 2010

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All 18 Northern Irish seats to the House of Commons
  First party Second party Third party
  Peter Robinson at Titanic Belfast (Cropped).jpg Gerry Adams Easter Lily Badge.jpg Margaret ritchie.jpg
Leader Peter Robinson Gerry Adams Margaret Ritchie
Party DUP Sinn Féin SDLP
Leader since 31 May 2008 13 November 1983 7 February 2010
Last election 9 Seats 5 Seats 3 Seats
Seats before 9 5 3
Seats won 8 5 3
Seat change Decrease1 0 0
Popular vote 168,216 171,942 110,970
Percentage 25.0% 25.5% 16.5%
Swing Decrease8.7% Increase1.2% Decrease1.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party
  DavidFordAlliance.jpg John White, Reg Empey, Roy Beggs (cropped Empey).JPG
Leader David Ford Reg Empey
Party Alliance UCU-NF
Leader since 6 October 2001 24 June 2005
Last election 0 Seats 1 Seat
Seats before 0 1
Seats won 1 0
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1
Popular vote 42,762 102,361
Percentage 6.3% 15.2%
Swing Increase2.4% Decrease2.6%

Northern Ireland Election Map 2010.jpg

Colours on map indicate winning party for each constituency.

Prime Minister before election

Gordon Brown
Labour

Subsequent Prime Minister

David Cameron
Conservative

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The 2010 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland occurred on 6 May 2010. The election saw Sinn Féin win the most votes (at a Westminster election for the very first time), and the Democratic Unionist Party win most seats. The election also resulted in the non-sectarian Alliance Party of Northern Ireland gaining its first seat. The Ulster Unionist Party fought the election as allies of the UK Conservative Party, under the banner "Ulster Conservatives and Unionists - New Force". They failed to win any seats for the first time in their history (Lady Sylvia Hermon, their only incumbent MP, had declined to join the new pact in the run-up to the election. She retained her seat of North Down as an Independent). The election was also the first time since The Troubles that the counts in the eighteen constituencies were held overnight at the same time as in the rest of the United Kingdom instead of the Friday afternoon.

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the May 2010 House of Commons of the United Kingdom election results
Political Party
Candidates
Number of Votes
Elected
Seats Gained
Seats Lost
Net Change
in seats
% of Seats
% of Votes
Change in %
of vote
Sinn Féin 17 171,942 5 0 0 0 27.8 25.5 +1.2
DUP 16 168,216 8 0 1 -1 44.4 25.0 -8.7
SDLP 18 110,970 3 0 0 0 16.7 16.5 -1.0
UCU-NF 17 102,361 0 0 1 -1 0 15.2 -2.6
Alliance 18 42,762 1 1 0 +1 5.6 6.3 +2.4
TUV 10 26,300 0 0 0 0 0 3.9 N/A
Green (NI) 4 3,542 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 N/A
Others 7 47,778 1 1 0 +1 5.6 7.1 +4.7

MPs elected[edit]

MP Constituency Party
Naomi Long Belfast East Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Nigel Dodds Belfast North Democratic Unionist Party
Alasdair McDonnell Belfast South Social Democratic and Labour Party
Gerry Adams[nb 1] Belfast West Sinn Féin
Sammy Wilson East Antrim Democratic Unionist Party
Gregory Campbell East Londonderry Democratic Unionist Party
Michelle Gildernew Fermanagh and South Tyrone Sinn Féin
Mark Durkan Foyle Social Democratic and Labour Party
Jeffrey Donaldson Lagan Valley Democratic Unionist Party
Martin McGuinness Mid Ulster Sinn Féin
Conor Murphy Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin
Ian Paisley Jr North Antrim Democratic Unionist Party
Sylvia Hermon North Down Independent[nb 2]
William McCrea South Antrim Democratic Unionist Party
Margaret Ritchie South Down Social Democratic and Labour Party
Jim Shannon Strangford Democratic Unionist Party
David Simpson Upper Bann Democratic Unionist Party
Pat Doherty West Tyrone Sinn Féin

Italics indicates a new member and/or party representing the seat. Bold indicates an MP who did not complete a full term.

Constituencies[edit]

General Election 2010: Belfast East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance Naomi Long 12,839 37.2 +26.2
DUP Peter Robinson 11,306 32.8 -19.6
UCU-NF Trevor Ringland 7,305 21.2 -8.3
TUV David Vance 1,856 5.4 N/A
Sinn Féin Niall Ó Donnghaile 817 2.4 -0.1
SDLP Mary Muldoon 365 1.1 -1.1
Majority 1,533 4.4
Turnout 34,488 58.4 -0.3
Alliance gain from DUP Swing +22.9
General Election 2010: Belfast North[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DUP Nigel Dodds 14,812 40.0 -2.9
Sinn Féin Gerry Kelly 12,588 34.0 +7.1
SDLP Alban Maginness 4,544 12.3 -4.5
UCU-NF Fred Cobain 2,837 7.7 -1.8
Alliance Billy Webb 1,809 4.9 +2.0
Independent Martin McAuley 403 1.1 +1.1
Majority 2,224 6.0
Turnout 36,993 56.5 -1.1
DUP hold Swing
Candidates for the General Election 2010: Belfast South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SDLP Alasdair McDonnell 14,026 41.0 +10.9
DUP Jimmy Spratt 8,100 23.7 -5.9
UCU-NF Paula Bradshaw[3] 5,910 17.3 -4.9
Alliance Anna Lo 5,114 15.0 +7.7
Green (NI) Adam McGibbon 1,036 3.0 N/A
Majority 5,926 17.3
Turnout 34.186 57.4 -5.1
SDLP hold Swing
General Election 2010: Belfast West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams 22,840 71.1 +2.5
SDLP Alex Attwood 5,261 16.4 +0.3
DUP William Humphrey 2,436 7.6 -3.3
UCU-NF Bill Manwaring 1,000 3.1 +0.6
Alliance Maíre Hendron 596 1.9 +1.8
Majority 17,579 54.7
Turnout 32,133 54.0 -13.5
Sinn Féin hold Swing +1.1
General Election 2010: East Antrim
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DUP Sammy Wilson 13,993 45.9 -1.0
UCU-NF Rodney McCune[3] 7,223 23.7 -1.4
Alliance Gerry Lynch[4] 3,377 11.1 -3.6
Sinn Féin Oliver McMullan 2,064 6.8 +1.4
SDLP Justin McCamphill 2,019 6.6 -0.8
TUV Sammy Morrison[5] 1,826 6.0 +6.0
Majority 6,770 22.2
Turnout 30,502 50.7
DUP hold Swing 0.2%
General Election 2010: East Londonderry

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Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DUP Gregory Campbell 12,097 34.6 -6.3
Sinn Féin Cathal Ó hOisín 6,742 19.3 +1.9
UCU-NF Lesley Macaulay 6,218 17.8 -1.9
SDLP Thomas Conway 5,399 15.4 -3.9
TUV William Ross 2,572 7.4 +7.4
Alliance Barney Fitzpatrick 1,922 5.5 +3.1
Majority 5,355 15.3
Turnout 34,950 55.3 -8.4
DUP hold Swing
General Election 2010: Fermanagh and South Tyrone[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Sinn Féin Michelle Gildernew 21,304 45.5 +7.3
Independent Rodney Connor 21,300 45.5 N/A
SDLP Fearghal McKinney 3,574 7.6 -7.2
Alliance Vasundhara Kamble 437 0.9 N/A
Independent John Stevenson 188 0.9 N/A
Majority 4 0.0 -9.4
Turnout 46,803 68.9 -6.9
Sinn Féin hold Swing

Note: Rodney Connor had the support of the Democratic Unionist Party and Ulster Conservatives and Unionists - New Force[9]

General Election 2010: Foyle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SDLP Mark Durkan[10] 16,922 44.7 -1.7
Sinn Féin Martina Anderson[11] 12,098 31.9 -1.4
DUP Maurice Devenney[12] 4,489 11.8 -2.2
People Before Profit Eamonn McCann[13] 2,936 7.7 N/A
UCU-NF David Harding[3] 1,221 3.2 +0.9
Alliance Keith McGrellis[14] 223 0.6 +0.6
Majority 4,824 12.7
Turnout 37,889 57.5 -12.5
SDLP hold Swing
General Election 2010: Lagan Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DUP Jeffrey Donaldson[15] 18,199 49.8 -8.5
UCU-NF Daphne Trimble[16] 7,713 21.1 -1.8
Alliance Trevor Lunn[17] 4,174 11.4 +0.5
TUV Keith Harbinson 3,154 8.6 +8.6
SDLP Brian Heading[18] 1,835 5.0 -1.1
Sinn Féin Paul Butler[19] 1,465 4.0 -3.5
General Election 2010: Mid Ulster
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Sinn Féin Martin McGuinness 21,239 52.0 +2.4
DUP Ian McCrea[20] 5,876 14.4 -9.1
SDLP Tony Quinn[21] 5,826 14.3 -3.1
UCU-NF Sandra Overend[22] 4,509 11.0 +0.3
TUV Walter Millar[23] 2,995 7.3 +7.3
Alliance Ian Butler[24] 397 1.0 +1.0
Majority 15,363 37.6 +13.4
Turnout 40,842 63.2 -10.0
Sinn Féin hold Swing +5.8
General Election 2010: Newry and Armagh[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Sinn Féin Conor Murphy 18,857 42.0 +0.6
SDLP Dominic Bradley 10,526 23.4 -1.8
UCU-NF Danny Kennedy 8,558 19.1 +5.2
DUP William Irwin 5,764 12.8 -5.6
Independent Willie Frazer 656 1.5 +1.5
Alliance Andrew Muir 545 1.2 +1.2
Majority 8,331 18.6 +2.4
Turnout 44,906 60.4 -9.6
Sinn Féin hold Swing
General Election 2010: North Antrim[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DUP Ian Paisley Jr 19,672 46.4 -10.4
TUV Jim Allister 7,114 16.8 N/A
Sinn Féin Daithí McKay 5,265 12.4 -1.8
UCU-NF Irwin Armstrong 4,634 10.9 -4.1
SDLP Declan O'Loan 3,738 8.8 -2.2
Alliance Jayne Dunlop 1,368 3.2 +0.2
Independent Lyle Cubitt 606 1.4 N/A
Majority 12,558 29.6
Turnout 42,397 57.8 -7.3
DUP hold Swing 0.0
General Election, 2010: North Down[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Sylvia Hermon 21,181 63.3 +12.4
UCU-NF Ian Parsley 6,817 20.4 -30.0
Alliance Stephen Farry 1,876 5.6 -2.0
TUV Kaye Kilpatrick 1,634 4.9 N/A
Green (NI) Steven Agnew 1,043 3.1 N/A
SDLP Liam Logan 680 2.0 -1.1
Sinn Féin Vincent Parker 250 0.7 +0.1
Majority 14.364 42.9
Turnout 33.481 55.2 -1.1
Independent gain from UUP Swing
General Election 2010: South Antrim[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DUP William McCrea 11,536 33.9 -4.3
UCU-NF Reg Empey 10,353 30.4 +1.3
Sinn Féin Mitchel McLaughlin[29] 4,729 13.9 +2.3
SDLP Michelle Byrne[30] 2,955 8.7 -3.7
Alliance Alan Lawther 2,607 7.7 -0.9
TUV Mel Lucas 1,829 5.4 +5.4
Majority 1,183 3.5 -5.6
Turnout 34,009 53.9 -3.4
DUP hold Swing
General Election 2010: South Down
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SDLP Margaret Ritchie[31] 20,648 48.5 1.6
Sinn Féin Caitríona Ruane[32] 12,236 28.7 1.7
DUP Jim Wells[33] 3,645 8.6 -7.6
UCU-NF John McCallister[34] 3,093 7.3 -1.5
TUV Ivor McConnell[35] 1,506 3.5 3.5
Green (NI) Cadogan Enright[36] 901 2.1 2.1
Alliance David Griffin[37] 560 1.3 0
Majority 8,412 19.8
Turnout 42,589 60.2 -8.5
SDLP hold Swing 0.1
General Election 2010: Strangford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DUP Jim Shannon 14,926 45.9 -8.8
UCU-NF Mike Nesbitt 9,050 27.8 +2.6
Alliance Deborah Girvan 2,828 8.7 +0.5
SDLP Claire Hanna 2,164 6.7 -1.8
TUV Terry Williams 1,814 5.6 +5.6
Sinn Féin Michael Coogan 1,161 3.6 -0.1
Green (NI) Barbara Haig 562 1.7 +1.7
Majority 5,876 18.1
Turnout 32.505 53.7 -3.4
DUP hold Swing
General Election 2010: Upper Bann[38][39][40]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DUP David Simpson 14,000 33.8 -3.8
UCU-NF Harry Hamilton 10,639 25.7 +0.2
Sinn Féin John O'Dowd 10,237 24.7 +3.7
SDLP Dolores Kelly 5,276 12.8 -0.2
Alliance Brendan Heading 1,231 3.0 +0.8
Majority 3,361 8.1
Turnout 41,383 55.3
DUP hold Swing
General Election 2010: West Tyrone[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Sinn Féin Pat Doherty 18,050 48.4 +9.5
DUP Tom Buchanan 7,365 19.8 +2.0
UCU-NF Ross Hussey 5,281 14.2 N/A
SDLP Joe Byrne 5,212 14.0 +4.9
Alliance Michael Bower 859 2.3 N/A
Independent Ciaran McClean 508 1.4 N/A
Majority 10,685 28.7
Turnout 37,275 61.0 -14.2
Sinn Féin hold Swing +3.8

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Adams resigned his seat after being elected to the Dáil Éireann in the 2011 election.
  2. ^ Hermon had previously held the seat for the Ulster Unionist Party

References[edit]

  1. ^ Election 2010: Belfast North, BBC News
  2. ^ South Belfast UK Polling
  3. ^ a b c Westminster Candidates, Ulster Unionist Party, 20 March 2010
  4. ^ "Lynch is picked for East Antrim". BBC News. 2010-02-26. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.tuv.org.uk/press-releases/view/630/battle-of-the-sammys-in-east-antrim
  6. ^ Londonderry Statement of Persons Nominated Elections Office of Northern Ireland
  7. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated Electoral Office for Northern Ireland
  8. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Fermanagh & South Tyrone". BBC News. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Unionist 'unity' candidate agreed". BBC News. 9 April 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Durkan selected as Foyle Westminster candidate", SDLP
  11. ^ Foyle, UKPollingReport
  12. ^ Harding named UUP candidate in forthcoming election, Londonderry Sentinel, 1 April 2010
  13. ^ Vote People Before Profit Alliance in May's Westminster Election, People Before Profit Alliance, 24 March 2010
  14. ^ Alliance List of Candidates, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, 6 May 2010
  15. ^ "Politics". The Guardian (London). Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  16. ^ "Tories and UUP agree candidates". BBC News. 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  17. ^ "Lunn selected for Alliance for Lagan Valley Westminster election", APNI
  18. ^ "Heading heading for Westminster", SDLP
  19. ^ Sinn Féin (2009-12-10), Lagan Valley selects Paul Butler MLA as Westminster candidiate (sic), retrieved 2010-03-14 
  20. ^ "DUP select Ian McCrea to stand in Mid Ulster". BBC News. 2010-02-25. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  21. ^ Published on Thu Mar 18 10:17:31 GMT 2010. "Quinn confirmed as SDLP candidate - Local". Tyrone Times. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  22. ^ "Tories and UUP agree candidates". BBC News. 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  23. ^ Millar for Mid Ulster, TUV
  24. ^ "Twitter / Alliance Party: Ian Butler selected to sta". Twitter.com. 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  25. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated
  26. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated
  27. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated
  28. ^ South Antrim UKPolling
  29. ^ Candidates, Sinn Féin
  30. ^ Byrne: It's time for real change in South Antrim, SDLP
  31. ^ "Ritchie confirmed as candidate". BBC News. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  32. ^ "The Devenport Diaries: Eddie McGrady retires". BBC. 2010-02-25. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  33. ^ DITM. "Wells for South Down". Dup.org.uk. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  34. ^ "Tories and UUP agree candidates". BBC News. 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  35. ^ "McConnell for South Down", TUV
  36. ^ "Green Party selection for South Down". BBC News. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  37. ^ "Alliance selects Griffin for South Down", Alliance Party
  38. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated Electoral Office for Northern Ireland
  39. ^ General Election 2010 - Upper Bann BBC News
  40. ^ Upper Bann ARK - Access Research Knowledge
  41. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated

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