Belfast South (Assembly constituency)

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Belfast South
Borough constituency
for the Northern Ireland Assembly
BelfastSouthUKParliamentConstituency.png
Belfast South shown within Northern Ireland
Districts Belfast, Castlereagh
Current constituency
Created 1973
Assembly Members Fearghal McKinney
Anna Lo
Alex Maskey
Alasdair McDonnell
Michael McGimpsey
Jimmy Spratt

Belfast South 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 South UK Parliament constituency, however the boundaries of the two constituencies were slightly different from 1983 to 1986 and 2010-2011 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 1983–95 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.

The constituency is primarily formed from the Belfast City Council districts of Balmoral, Laganbank and as well as a number of wards from Pottinger and Castlereagh Borough Council. For further details of the history and boundaries of the constituency, see Belfast South (UK Parliament constituency).

Members[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly (1998 – present)[edit]

Election MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
2011 Anna Lo
(Alliance Party)
Conall McDevitt
(SDLP)
Alasdair McDonnell
(SDLP)
Michael McGimpsey
(UUP)
Alex Maskey
(Sinn Féin)
Jimmy Spratt
(DUP)
2007 Carmel Hanna
(SDLP)
2003 Esmond Birnie
(UUP)
Mark Robinson
(DUP)
1998 Monica McWilliams
(Women's Coalition)

Other (1973–1996)[edit]

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

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. South Belfast elected 5 members as follows:

Changes 1982–1986

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 South Belfast were:

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

Elections[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly[edit]

2011 Assembly Election:Belfast South[1][2]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Alliance Anna Lo 19.8 6,390 -1774              
SDLP Alasdair McDonnell 14.0 4,527 389.10 4916.10 -300.10          
DUP Jimmy Spratt 12.5 4,045 53.75 4,098.70 4.75 4,103.45 60.40 4,163.85 117.60 4,281.45
Sinn Féin Alex Maskey 12.5 4,038 86.70 4,124.70 13.75 4,138.45 129.70 4,268.15 183.90 4,452.05
DUP Ruth Patterson 11.8 3,800 87.00 3,887.00 6.75 3,893.75 59.30 3,953.05 210.35 4,163.40
SDLP Conall McDevitt 9.9 3,191 319.50 3510.50 176.75 3,687.25 164.85 3,852.10 592.70 4,444.80
UUP Michael McGimpsey 9.2 2,988 220.80 3,208.80 32.25 3,241.05 81.90 3,322.95 1,299.10 4,622.05
UUP Mark Finlay 4.3 1,394 160.50 1,554.50 12.50 1,567.00 50.70 1,617.70 -1,617.70  
Green (NI) Clare Bailey 2.8 899 337.80 1,226.80 36.75 1,263.55 392.05 1,655.60 -1,655.60  
People Before Profit Brian Faloon 1.3 414 61.80 475.80 4.25 480.05 -480.05      
Socialist Party Paddy Meehan 0.7 234 18.00 252.00 3.00 255.00 -255.00      
UKIP Nico Torregrosa 0.7 234 10.50 234.50 0.50 235.00 -235.00      
Workers' Party Paddy Lynn 0.5 135 20.40 155.40 3.50 158.90 -158.90      
Procapitalism Charles Smyth 0.1 29 4.50 33.50 0.00 33.50 -33.50      
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2007
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
DUP Jimmy Spratt 4,762 Elected 1
SDLP Alasdair McDonnell 4,379 Elected 1
Sinn Féin Alex Maskey 3,996 Elected 10
Alliance Anna Lo 3,829 Elected 8
SDLP Carmel Hanna 3,748 Elected 10
UUP Michael McGimpsey 2,647 Elected 10
DUP Christopher Stalford 2,035 Not elected 10
UUP Esmond Birnie 1,804 Not elected 10
UUP Bob Stoker 1,122 Not elected 8
Green (NI) Brenda Cooke 737 Not elected 8
PUP Andrew Park 410 Not elected 7
UK Unionist David Hoey 298 Not elected 7
Socialist Party Jim Barbour 248 Not elected 6
Workers' Party Patrick Lynn 123 Not elected 5
Conservative Roger Lomas 108 Not elected 5
Make Politicians History Rainbow George 66 Not elected 4
Procapitalism Charles Smyth 22 Not elected 4
Independent Geoffrey Wilson 10 Not elected 4
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2003
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
UUP Michael McGimpsey 5,389 Elected 1
DUP Mark Robinson 3,991 Elected 11
Sinn Féin Alex Maskey 3,933 Elected 12
SDLP Carmel Hanna 3,910 Elected 12
SDLP Alasdair McDonnell 3,266 Elected 12
DUP Ruth Patterson 2,538 Not elected
UUP Esmond Birnie 2,311 Elected 11
NI Women's Coalition Monica McWilliams 2,150 Not elected
Alliance Geraldine Rice 1,185 Not elected
UUP John Hiddleston 769 Not elected
Alliance Tom Ekin 664 Not elected
PUP Thomas Morrow 495 Not elected
Green (NI) John Wright 308 Not elected
Socialist Party Jim Barbour 167 Not elected
Conservative Roger Lomas 116 Not elected
Workers' Party Patrick Lynn 96 Not elected
Rainbow Dream Ticket Lindsay Steven 42 Not elected
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1998
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
SDLP Alasdair McDonnell 4,956 Elected 6
UUP Michael McGimpsey 4,938 Elected 5
Alliance Steve McBride 4,086 Not elected
NI Women's Coalition Monica McWilliams 3,912 Elected 10
SDLP Carmel Hanna 3,882 Elected 10
UUP Esmond Birnie 2,875 Elected 8
DUP Mark Robinson 2,872 Elected 8
Sinn Féin Sean Hayes 2,605 Not elected
DUP Myreve Chambers 2,449 Not elected
PUP Ernie Purvis 2,112 Not elected
Ulster Democratic David Adams 1,745 Not elected
UUP Jim Clarke[disambiguation needed] 1,720 Not elected
UK Unionist Grant Dillon 1,496 Not elected
Independent Unionist William Dixon 437 Not elected
Labour Party NI Boyd Black 231 Not elected
Workers' Party Patrick Lynn 176 Not elected
Conservative Roger Lomas 97 Not elected
Natural Law James Anderson 73 Not elected
Independent Labour Niall Cusack 62 Not elected

1996 Forum[edit]

Successful candidates are shown in bold.[3]

Party Candidate(s) Votes Percentage
UUP Bob Stoker
James Clarke
Michael McGimpsey
Drew Nelson
Gordon Lucy
8,617 22.8
SDLP Alasdair McDonnell
Peter O'Reilly
Carmel Hanna
Douglas Arthur Hegney
Rosaleen Hughes
7,956 21.0
DUP Joan Parkes
Thomas Scott
John Norris
5,818 15.4
Alliance Steve McBride
Philip McGarry
Margaret Marshall
4,689 12.4
Sinn Féin Sean Hayes
Sean Clinton
Deborah Moore
2,455 6.5
PUP Dawn Purvis
Victor Murphy
2,321 6.1
UK Unionist Patrick Roche
Kate Garrett
1,750 4.6
Ulster Democratic David Adams
Pauline Gilmore
1,666 4.4
NI Women's Coalition Kate Fearon
Annie Campbell
Barbara McCabe
Claire McLaughlin
Fidelma O'Gorman
947 2.5
Labour Coalition Peter Hadden
Eleanor Rogers
Niall Cusack
Neil House
Maeve Cross
333 0.9
Green (NI) Mary Carberry
Jane Carney
Owen Clarke
Andy Frew
314 0.8
Conservative Myrtle Boal
Alan McKelvey
279 0.7
Workers' Party Paddy Lynn
Ian Foster
270 0.7
Democratic Partnership Paul Smyth
Alison Wilson
133 0.4
Ulster Independence Gordon Smyth
Samuel Stevenson
108 0.3
Democratic Left Jean Craig
Chris Skillen
96 0.3
Ulster Christian Democratic Austin Scallan
Martine McLaughlin
John McLaughlin
Brian McLaughlin
Margaret Gibson
31 0.1
Natural Law James Anderson
Morris Ahmed
13 0.0
Independent Chambers Bertha Burleigh
Mark Strain
5 0.0

1982[edit]

Assembly Election – 20 October 1982
Party Candidate Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
UUP Martin Smyth 13337
Alliance David Cook 6514 6514 6514 6514 6514 6514
DUP Stuart McCrea 4091 4695 4859 6880
SDLP Ben Caragher 3342 3344 3740 3740 3740 4712
UUP Edgar Graham 2875 5210 5369 5407 5734 6253
Alliance Basil Glass 2493 2643 3260 3274 3293
DUP Cedric Wilson 2111 2407 2495
UUP Jim Kirkpatrick 1126 4427 4617 4673 4959 5415
Workers' Party Gerard Carr 933 938
UUUP Philip Moles 248 322
Communist Party Barry Bruton 168 169
UUUP James Scott 82 239
Liberal Michael Warden 65 89
One Honest man, steadfast William Clulow 65 85
Peace State Stuart Hall Raleigh 19 20
Electorate=66683, valid=38712, spoiled=1243, quota=6245

1975 Constitutional Convention[edit]

Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
UUP Martin Smyth 15,061 Elected
Alliance Basil Glass 7,961 Elected
UUP Jeremy Burchill 4,230 Elected
Unionist Party NI Reginald Magee 3,552 Not elected
SDLP Ben Caraher 3,065 Not elected
DUP Thomas Burns 2,529 Elected
Alliance Jim Hendron 2,499 Elected
Vanguard David Trimble 2,429 Elected
Vanguard Raymond Jordan 1,874 Not elected
Unionist Party NI John Houston 1,697 Not elected
Labour Erskine Holmes 1,599 Not elected
DUP Robert MacNeice 1,316 Not elected

1973[edit]

Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
UUP Basil McIvor 6,930 Elected
UUP Herbert Kirk 5,426 Elected
Alliance Basil Glass 5,148 Elected
UUP Nelson Elder 4,807 Elected
DUP Thomas Burns 4,640 Elected
UUP Reginald Magee 3,656 Elected
SDLP Ben Caraher 3,320 Not elected
UUP Robert Stewart 2,850 Not elected
Labour Erskine Holmes 2,684 Not elected
Independent Unionist Grace Bannister 2,538 Not elected
Vanguard Martin Gowdy 2,434 Not elected
DUP Thomas Wright 2,134 Not elected
Alliance William McCollum 1,294 Not elected
Vanguard Stanley Morgan 1,205 Not elected
Independent Unionist Thomas Rea 1,201 Not elected
Republican Clubs Sean Flynn 783 Not elected
Alliance Jean Graham 743 Not elected
Liberal Sheelagh Murnaghan 548 Not elected
Alliance John Sommerville 380 Not elected

References[edit]

  1. ^ South Belfast, UTV
  2. ^ http://www.eoni.org.uk/belfast_south_result_sheet.pdf
  3. ^ 1996 Candidates – South Belfast, Northern Ireland Elections

Coordinates: 54°33′53″N 5°56′16″W / 54.56472°N 5.93778°W / 54.56472; -5.93778