Belfast North (Assembly constituency)

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Belfast North
Borough constituency
for the Northern Ireland Assembly
BelfastNorthConstituency.svg
Belfast North shown within Northern Ireland
Districts Belfast City Council,
Newtownabbey
Current constituency
Created 1973
Assembly Members Paula Bradley
Carál Ní Chuilín
William Humphrey
Gerry Kelly
Alban Maginness
Nelson McCausland

Belfast North is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The seat was first used for a Northern Ireland-only election for the Northern Ireland Assembly, 1973. It usually shares boundaries with the Belfast North UK Parliament constituency, however the boundaries of the two constituencies were slightly different from 1973 to 1974, 1983 to 1986 and 2010 to 2011 as the Assembly boundaries had not caught up with Parliamentary boundary changes and from 1996 to 1997 when members of the Northern Ireland Forum had been elected from the newly drawn Parliamentary constituencies but the 51st Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected in 1992 under the 1983 to 1995 constituency boundaries, was still in session.

Members were then elected from the constituency to the 1975 Constitutional Convention, the 1982 Assembly, the 1996 Forum and then to the current Assembly from 1998.

For further details of the history and boundaries of the constituency, see Belfast North (UK Parliament constituency).

Members[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly (1973)[edit]

In 1973, elections were held to the Assembly set up under the Sunningdale Agreement. The six members elected from North Belfast were:

Election MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
1973 Gerry Fitt
(SDLP)
Lloyd Hall-Thompson
(UUP)
William Morgan
(UUP)
Frank Millar
(UUP)
John McQuade
(DUP)
John Ferguson
(Alliance Party)
Pro-Sunningdale Anti-Sunningdale

Note: The columns in this table are used only for presentational purposes, and no significance should be attached to the order of columns. For details of the order in which seats were won at each election, see the detailed results of that election.

Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention (1975)[edit]

In 1975, elections were held to a Constitutional Convention which sought (unsuccessfully) to generate a consensus on the future of the province. The six members elected from North Belfast were:

Election Name
(Party)
Name
(Party)
Name
(Party)
Name
(Party)
Name
(Party)
Name
(Party)
1975 Gerry Fitt
(SDLP)
Billy Bell
(UUP)
William Morgan
(UUP)
Frank Millar
(Independent
Unionist
)
William Annon
(DUP)
Lloyd Hall-Thompson
(Unionist Party NI)

Note: The columns in this table are used only for presentational purposes, and no significance should be attached to the order of columns. For details of the order in which seats were won at each election, see the detailed results of that election.

Northern Ireland Assembly (1982)[edit]

In 1982, elections were held for an Assembly for Northern Ireland to hold the Secretary of State to account, in the hope that this would be the first step towards restoring devolution. North Belfast elected 5 members as follows:

Election MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
1982 John Carson
(UUP)
George Seawright
(DUP)
Paschal O'Hare
(SDLP)
Paul Maguire
(Alliance Party)
Frank Millar
(Independent
Unionist
)

Note: The columns in this table are used only for presentational purposes, and no significance should be attached to the order of columns. For details of the order in which seats were won at each election, see the detailed results of that election.

Northern Ireland Forum (1996)[edit]

In the 1996 election to the Northern Ireland Peace Forum, 5 Forum members were elected from North Belfast. They were as follows:

Election Name
(Party)
Name
(Party)
Name
(Party)
Name
(Party)
Name
(Party)
1996 Nigel Dodds
(DUP)
William Snoddy
(DUP)
Gerry Kelly
(Sinn Féin)
Alban Maginness
(SDLP)
David Browne
(UUP)

Note: The columns in this table are used only for presentational purposes, and no significance should be attached to the order of columns. For details of the order in which seats were won at each election, see the detailed results of that election.

Northern Ireland Assembly (1998–present)[edit]

Election MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
1998 Nigel Dodds
(DUP)
Alban Maginness
(SDLP)
Gerry Kelly
(Sinn Féin)
Billy Hutchinson
(PUP)
Fraser Agnew
(Independent
Unionist
)
Fred Cobain
(UUP)
2003 Kathy Stanton
(Sinn Féin)
Nelson McCausland
(DUP)
2007 Carál Ní Chuilín
(Sinn Féin)
September 2010
co-option
William Humphrey
(DUP)
2011 Paula Bradley
(DUP)

Note: The columns in this table are used only for presentational purposes, and no significance should be attached to the order of columns. For details of the order in which seats were won at each election, see the detailed results of that election.

Elections[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly[edit]

2011 Assembly election: Belfast North – 6 Seats[1]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Sinn Féin Gerry Kelly 19.9% 6,674
DUP Nelson McCausland 15.5% 5,200
SDLP Alban Maginness 12.0% 4,025
Sinn Féin Carál Ní Chuilín 9.0% 2,999
DUP William Humphrey 11.1% 3,724
DUP Paula Bradley 10.4% 3,488
UUP Fred Cobain 8.2% 2,758
Alliance Billy Webb 6.3% 2,096
Independent Raymond McCord 3.5% 1,176
Sinn Féin J. J. Magee 3.0% 998
Workers' Party John Lavery 1.0% 332
Electorate: 68,119   Valid: tba   Spoilt: tba (0.00%)   Quota: 4,782   Turnout: 34,257 (50.29%)
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2007
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
DUP Nigel Dodds 6,973 Elected 1
Sinn Féin Gerry Kelly 5,414 Elected 1
Sinn Féin Carál Ní Chuilín 3,680 Elected 4
UUP Fred Cobain 2,498 Elected 11
DUP Nelson McCausland 2,462 Elected 11
SDLP Alban Maginness 2,212 Elected 10
SDLP Pat Convery 1,868 Not elected 9
DUP William Humphrey 1,673 Not elected 11
Independent Raymond McCord 1,320 Not elected 8
Green (NI) Peter Emerson 590 Not elected 7
Alliance Thomas McCullough 486 Not elected 7
UK Unionist Robert McCartney 360 Not elected 6
Workers' Party John Lavery 139 Not elected 6
Make Politicians History Rainbow George 40 Not elected 6
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2003
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
DUP Nigel Dodds 9,276 Elected 1
Sinn Féin Gerry Kelly 5,524 Elected 1
SDLP Alban Maginness 3,186 Elected 12
Sinn Féin Kathy Stanton 2,990 Elected 12
UUP Fred Cobain 2,961 Elected 10
SDLP Pat Convery 2,108 Not elected
DUP Nelson McCausland 1,500 Elected 2
PUP Billy Hutchinson 1,358 Not elected
United Unionist Coalition Fraser Agnew 802 Not elected
Independent Frank McCoubrey 469 Not elected
NI Women's Coalition Elizabeth McCullough 467 Not elected
Alliance Marjorie Hawins 305 Not elected
Green (NI) Peter Emerson 261 Not elected
Independent Raymond McCord 218 Not elected
Workers' Party Marcella Delaney 90 Not elected
Rainbow Dream Ticket John Gallagher 17 Not elected
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1998
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
DUP Nigel Dodds 7,476 Elected 1
SDLP Alban Maginness 6,196 Elected 1
Sinn Féin Gerry Kelly 5,610 Elected 10
PUP Billy Hutchinson 3,751 Elected 11
Sinn Féin Martina McIlkenny 3,165 Not elected
Independent Unionist Fraser Agnew 2,976 Elected 10
SDLP Martin Morgan 2,465 Not elected
UUP Fred Cobain 2,415 Elected 11
UUP David Browne 2,064 Not elected
DUP Eric Smyth 1,288 Not elected
Alliance Glyn Roberts 1,267 Not elected
Ulster Democratic John White 911 Not elected
UK Unionist Stephen Cooper 748 Not elected
Green (NI) Peter Emerson 257 Not elected
Labour Party NI Sam McAughtry 255 Not elected
Workers' Party Stephen Doran 155 Not elected
Natural Law Kevin Blair 76 Not elected
Independent Dolores Quinn 50 Not elected

1996 Forum[edit]

Successful candidates are shown in bold.[2]

Party Candidate(s) Votes Percentage
DUP Nigel Dodds
William Snoddy
David Smylie
William Henry De Courcy
7,778 19.2
Sinn Féin Gerry Kelly
Joe Austin
Christine Beattie
Bobby Lavery
Eoghan McCormain
7,681 19.0
SDLP Alban Maginness
Martin Morgan
Geraldine Leonard
Shelagh McGlade
Peter Coll
7,493 18.5
UUP David Browne
Fred Cobain
Nelson McCausland
Dennis Robinson
6,938 17.2
PUP Billy Hutchinson
Michael Acheson
Robert Gourley
3,777 9.3
Ulster Democratic John White*
Thomas English
Thomasena Livingstone
Patrick Bird
John English
1,874 4.6
Alliance Nicholas Whyte
Tommy Frazer
Lindsay Whitcroft
1,670 4.1
UK Unionist Derek Peters
Amy Corry
1,329 3.3
Labour coalition Mark Langhammer
Marion Morrison
Kevin Lawrence
Martin Stroud
John Simpson
571 1.4
NI Women's Coalition Brenda Callaghan
Lynda Walker
Eileen Calder
Roisin O'Hagan
Freda Brown
486 1.2
Workers' Party Margaret Smith
Paul Treanor
274 0.7
Green (NI) Peter Emerson
Rosemary Warren
265 0.7
Democratic Left Seamus Lynch
John McLaughlin
123 0.4
Independent Voice Andrew Thompson
Sarah Thompson
63 0.2
Ulster Independence Norman McClelland
David Kerr
41 0.1
Independent McMullan Wesley Holmes
Helen Craig
Stanley Simons
25 0.1
Independent Chambers Joe Coggle
Sally Irvine
21 0.1
*John White was elected as one of the 20 top-up candidates for Northern Ireland.

1982[edit]

Assembly Election – 20 October 1982
Party Candidate Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11 Count 12 Count 13 Count 14
UUP John Carson 7798
DUP George Seawright 4929 5012.26 5026.41 5026.41 5044.10 5076.32 5150.77 5359.74 5673 5675 6119 6119 6119 6119
Sinn Féin Joe Austin 4029 4029.46 4029.46 4088.46 4104.69 4104.69 4107.69 4107.69 4114 4188 4188 4556 4564 4573
SDLP Paschal O'Hare 3190 3191.38 3191.38 3255.38 3290.61 3290.61 3294.84 3295.84 3296 4197 4201 5031 5040 5078
DUP William Gault 2618 2730.93 2752.31 2752.31 2763.69 2801.59 2854.50 3023.41 3259 3261 3646 3689
Alliance Paul Maguire 2527 2564.95 2568.95 2581.95 2693.02 2698.94 2877.08 2906.00 2935 3205 3420 4325 4476 4756
Workers' Party Seamus Lynch 2516 2526.12 2531.35 2556.35 2634.81 2641.73 2706.80 2718.03 2758 2928 2961
Independent Unionist Frank Millar 2047 2285.05 2319.57 2319.57 2341.26 2410.98 2539.49 2813.48 3055 3059 4101 4182 6322
SDLP Alban Maginness 1333 1334.15 1335.07 1450.07 1474.07 1474.07 1479.07 1480.07 1483
UUP Peter Smith 984 1954.83 1965.82 1967.28 1987.12 2323.84 2413.28 2635.96 2745 2745
Ulster Loyalist Democratic Party Sammy Doyle 890 938.99 1022.91 1023.91 1029.91 1041.52 1135.43 1187.27
UUUP Nelson McCausland 858 922.86 940.77 940.77 948.15 956.22 1014.44
Independent Billy Boyd 745 778.12 782.35 783.35 822.73 823.65
Ecology Peter Emerson 412 423.27 424.50 424.50
UUP Raymond Trimble 369 508.61 517.76 518.76 525.22
People's Democracy Fergus O'Hare 298 298.46 298.46
Ulster Loyalist Democratic Party Bill Lavery 196 215.32
Electorate=62931, valid=35739, spoiled=1166, quota=5957
Although all counts were to two decimal places, the local press round up the results after count 8.

1975 Constitutional Convention[edit]

Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
SDLP Gerry Fitt 6,454 Elected
UUP Billy Bell 6,268 Elected
Independent Unionist Frank Millar 5,687 Elected
UUP William Morgan 5,558 Elected
DUP William Annon 4,132 Elected
SDLP Thomas Donnelly 3,596 Not elected
Unionist Party NI Lloyd Hall-Thompson 3,577 Elected
Alliance John Ferguson 2,207 Not elected
Vanguard Bill Lavery 1,884 Not elected
Labour (NI) Billy Boyd 1,749 Not elected
Labour (NI) John Stewart 898 Not elected
Republican Clubs Seamus Lynch 556 Not elected
Independent Unionist Noel Trimble 525 Not elected
Alliance James Robinson 518 Not elected

1973[edit]

Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
SDLP Gerry Fitt 8,264 Elected
UUP Lloyd Hall-Thompson 5,694 Elected
UUP William Morgan 5,190 Elected
DUP John McQuade 5,148 Elected
UUP Cecil Walker 4,354 Not elected
UUP Frank Millar 4,187 Elected
UUP Wilson Gamble 4,161 Not elected
DUP Fred Proctor 2,112 Not elected
Alliance John Ferguson 1,958 Elected
SDLP Thomas Donnelly 1,861 Not elected
Vanguard William Baillie 1,859 Not elected
Labour (NI) Vivian Simpson 1,742 Not elected
Republican Clubs Seamus Lynch 854 Not elected
Vanguard Billy Hull 852 Not elected
Alliance Jack Smith 742 Not elected
Alliance Keith Jones 675 Not elected
Labour (NI) John Stewart 571 Not elected
Independent Unionist Tommy Lyttle 560 Not elected

References[edit]

  1. ^ North Belfast, UTV
  2. ^ 1996 Candidates – North Belfast, Northern Ireland Elections

Coordinates: 54°38′24″N 5°57′09″W / 54.64000°N 5.95250°W / 54.64000; -5.95250