Belfast West (Assembly constituency)

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Belfast West
Borough constituency
for the Northern Ireland Assembly
BelfastWestUKParliamentConstituency.png
Belfast West shown within Northern Ireland
Districts Belfast, Lisburn
Current constituency
Created 1973
Assembly Members Alex Attwood
Fra McCann
Jennifer McCann
Rosie McCorley
Sue Ramsey
Pat Sheehan

Belfast West 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 West UK Parliament constituency, however the boundaries of the two constituencies were slightly different from 1973 to 1974, 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.

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

Members[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly (1998–present)[edit]

Election MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
1998 Gerry Adams
(Sinn Féin)
Bairbre De Brun
(Sinn Féin)
Alex Maskey
(Sinn Féin)
Sue Ramsey
(Sinn Féin)
Joe Hendron
(SDLP)
Alex Attwood
(SDLP)
2003 Fra McCann
(Sinn Féin)
Michael Ferguson
(Sinn Féin)
Diane Dodds
(DUP)
November 2004
co-option
Sue Ramsey
(Sinn Féin)
2007 Paul Maskey
(Sinn Féin)
Jennifer McCann
(Sinn Féin)
December 2010
co-option
Pat Sheehan
(Sinn Féin)
2011
July 2012
co-option
Rosie McCorley
(Sinn Féin)
November 2014
co-option
Alex Maskey
(Sinn Féin)

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.

Other (1973–1996)[edit]

In the 1996 election to the Northern Ireland Peace Forum, 5 Forum members were elected from North 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. West Belfast elected 4 members as follows:

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 West Belfast were:

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

Elections[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly[edit]

2011 Assembly election:[1] Belfast West
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11
Sinn Féin Paul Maskey 15.4 5,343                    
Sinn Féin Jennifer McCann 15.1 5,239                    
Sinn Féin Fra McCann 12.9 4,481 4,587.96 4,604.96 4,613.08 4,645.50 4,682.60 4,735.84 4,837.22 4,838.34 5,167.34  
Sinn Féin Sue Ramsey 11.9 4,116 4,340.28 4,350.88 4,358.19 4,377.40 4,394.47 4,407.47 4,423.94 4,433.99 4,683.90 4,823.06
SDLP Alex Attwood 10.9 3,765 3,776.69 3,780.09 3,787.09 3,890.45 3,939.62 4,083.74 4,719.58 4,780.65 5,151.65  
Sinn Féin Pat Sheehan 10.8 3,723 3,737.35 3,960.50 3,971.78 3,996.39 4,016.61 4,029.73 4,051.85 4,054.90 4,249.77 4,327.19
DUP Brian Kingston 7.5 2,587 2,587.28 2,587.33 2,587.33 2,600.45 2,604.45 2,607.45 2,617.57 3,834.57 3,866.57 3,866.57
People Before Profit Gerry Carrol 4.8 1,661 1,664.85 1,665.85 1,701.85 1,732.85 1,853.97 1,939.09 1,977.31 1,999.31    
UUP Bill Manwaring 4.2 1,471 1,471.21 1,471.36 1,473.36 1,503.41 1,512.41 1,517.41 1,526.41      
SDLP Colin Keenan 2.3 802 803.26 804.41 807.41 853.58 878.63 981.82        
Workers' Party John Lowry 1.7 586 586.63 587.03 590.10 607.24 644.38          
Socialist Party Pat Lawlor 1.1 384 384.42 384.92 399.92 408.92            
Alliance Dan McGuinness 1.1 365 367.66 368.76 370.76              
Independent Brian Pelan 0.4 122 122.77 122.92                
Electorate: 61,520   Valid: 34,645   Spoilt: 973   Quota: 4,950   Turnout: 35,618 (57.9%)
2007 Assembly election: Belfast West
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams 17.8 6,029          
Sinn Féin Sue Ramsey 14.0 4,715 5,266.60        
Sinn Féin Paul Maskey 12.9 4,368 4,758.60 4,774.05 4,783.95 4,821.80 5,074.80
Sinn Féin Jennifer McCann 12.6 4,265 4,294.80 4,665.75 4,667.70 4,693.50 4,848.50
Sinn Féin Fra McCann 12.6 4,254 4,323.80 4,344.95 4,353.80 4,378 4,646.85
DUP Diane Dodds 13.3 3,661 3,661 3,661.15 3,671.15 3,677.15 4,166
SDLP Alex Attwood 9.0 3,036 3,148.80 3,149.70 3,196.90 3,234.90 4,779.10
SDLP Margret Walsh 3.2 1,074 1,086.20 1,087.10 1,110.30 1,156.50  
People Before Profit Seán Mitchell 2.3 774 789 789.60 830.40 968.80  
UUP Louis West 1.7 558 558.80 558.80 579.80 581.80  
Workers' Party John Lowry 1.3 434 440 440.45 452.65 452.65  
Republican Sinn Féin Geraldine Taylor 1.3 427 429 429.45 437.05    
Alliance Dan McGuinness 0.4 127 132.40 133.30      
Make Politicians History Rainbow George 0.2 68 69 69      
Electorate: 50,792   Valid: 33,790   Spoilt: 448   Quota: 4,828   Turnout: 34,238 (67.4%)

Note: All Republican Sinn Féin candidates appeared as Independent on the ballot paper

2003 Assembly election: Belfast West
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams 18.9 6,199              
Sinn Féin Fra McCann 13.0 4263 4337.16 4360.88 4363.36 4525.00 4905.00    
Sinn Féin Bairbre De Brun 12.4 4069 4476.52 4494.96 4504.92 4665.68 5229.68    
Sinn Féin Michael Ferguson 11.7 3,849 3,912.84 3,921.56 3,945.12 4,000.00 4,117.00 4,346.00 4448.60
SDLP Alex Attwood 11.2 3667 3796.60 3901.04 3956.28 6096.28      
Sinn Féin Sue Ramsey 9.1 2,988 3,673.20 3,699.68 3,705.92 3,768.84 3,923.84 4,084.84 4,190.29
SDLP Joe Hendron 7.9 2,583 2,654.28 2,849.72 3,108.72        
DUP Diane Dodds 7.7 2,554 2,554 2.631 4,144.24 4,256.24 4,272.40 4,274.40 4,277.09
UUP Chris McGimpsey 3.6 1170 1174.56 1298.57          
PUP Hugh Smyth 2.5 813 814.68 862.68          
Workers' Party John Lowry 1.2 407 410.84            
Independent John MacVicar 0.6 211 211.24            
Alliance Dan McGuiness 0.2 75 78.2            
Independent David Kerr 16 16            
Electorate: 50,861   Valid: 32,854   Spoilt: 673   Quota: 4,694   Turnout: 33,527 (65.9%)

Note: David Kerr sought election as an Ulster Third Way candidate, and appeared as such on the ballot paper.

1998 Assembly election: Belfast West
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams 21.7 9,078                  
SDLP Joe Hendron 14.7 6,140 6,140                
Sinn Féin Bairbre De Brun 11.2 4,711 5,341.00 5,381.35 5,383.83 5,405.11 5,409.11 5,421.89 5,705.26 6,993.67  
Sinn Féin Alex Maskey 10.3 4,330 4,831.20 4,852.35 4,856.41 4,889.20 4,901.27 4,909.82 5,242.2 5,324.61 6,328.43
SDLP Alex Attwood 10.2 4,280 4,647.85 4,738.25 4,838.85 5,117.87 5,127.22 5,234.49 5,327.61 5,343.69 5,349.52
Sinn Féin Sue Ramsey 9.4 3,946 5,223.15 5,235.00 5,236.44 5,253.27 5,262.62 5,276.34 7,371.34    
Sinn Féin Michael Ferguson 6.2 2,585 2,791.85 2,838.45 2,840.71 2,867.12 2,871.84 2,896.95      
PUP Hugh Smyth 5.2 2,180 2,186.65 2,206.75 2,208.63 2,342.94 2,716.06        
UUP Chris McGimpsey 3.9 1,640 1,641.40 1,674.40 1,675.58 1,808.99 2,757.44 4,827.29 4,837.64 4,837.64 4,837.64
DUP Margaret Ferris 3.2 1,345 1,347.80 1,354.50 1,354.80 1,784.22          
UK Unionist Thomas Dalzell-Sheridan 1.6 666 671.25 677.25 677.37            
Workers' Party John Lowry 1.5 607 630.10 658.80 660.68            
Alliance Dan McGuiness 0.3 129 165.40                
Independent Mary Cahillane 0.3 128 151.80                
Natural Law Michael Kennedy 0.1 29 31.45                
Electorate: 50,861   Valid: 41,794   Spoilt: 960   Quota: 5,971   Turnout: 42,754 (70.5%)

Note: Mary Cahillane was a Pro-Agreement Socialist

1996 Forum[edit]

Successful candidates are shown in bold.[2]

Party Candidate(s) Votes Percentage
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams
Dodie McGuinness
Alex Maskey
Annie Armstrong

Marie Moore
22,355 53.4
SDLP Joe Hendron
Alex Attwood
Margaret Walsh
Patricia Lewsley
Mary Muldoon
11,087 26.5
PUP Hugh Smyth
Mina Wardle
1,982 4.7
DUP Eric Smyth
Margaret Ferris
1,769 4.2
UUP Fred Parkinson
John McDonald
1,489 3.6
Workers' Party John Lowry
Jim Pollock
984 2.4
Ulster Democratic Frank McCoubrey
Delwyn Williams
848 2.0
Alliance Dan McGuinness
Patricia Mallon
Glyn Roberts
340 0.8
Labour coalition Mary Cahillane
Isabel Cowan
Barbara Lynn
Brian McDermott
Terence McDonagh
319 0.8
NI Women's Coalition Vera McKee
Mary Catney
Ann Hall
Julie Cullen
252 0.6
Green (NI) Jude Stephens
Philip Kearney
David Taylor
156 0.4
Conservative Charles Balmer
David Munster
60 0.1
Independent DUP Florence Baxter
William Clements
36 0.1
Ulster Independence Kenneth McClinton
Clifford Peoples
43 0.1
Democratic Left Mary McMahon
Freddie Rea
37 0.1
Natural Law Michael Kennedy
Vivien Martin
30 0.1
Communist Party Barry Bruton
Daniella Egerton
28 0.1
Independent Voice Bernard McGrath
Susan McGrath
26 0.1
Independent Chambers Ruth Patty
Richard Stewart
12 0.0

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
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams 9740 -2618
SDLP Joe Hendron 5207 102.30 5309.30 694.00 6003.30 2.00 6005.30 1965.00 7965.30 -1113.30
UUP Thomas Passmore 4505 0 4505.00 4.00 4509.00 619.00 5128.00 2.00 5130.00 1.86 5131.86 19.93 5151.79 13.76 5165.55
DUP Billy Dickson 4394 2.10 4396.10 3.00 4399.10 450.30 4849.40 16.90 4866.40 2.79 4869.09 23.72 4892.81 25.79 4918.60
Alliance Will Glendinning 2737 31.50 2765.50 40.60 2805.10 42.00 2847.10 225.60 3072.70 578.46 3651.16 1074.83 4725.99 437.21 5163.20
Workers' Party Mary McMahon 2493 19.80 2512.80 54.10 2566.90 14.00 2580.90 81.90 2662.80 354.33 3017.13 -3017.13
SDLP Cormac Boomer 2145 59.40 2204.40 248.10 2452.50 2.00 2454.50 -2454.50
PUP Hugh Smyth 1255 0.30 1255.30 1.00 1256.3 -1256.3
SDLP Mary Muldoon 1016 8.10 1024.10 -1024.10
Sinn Féin Alex Maskey 627 2613.00 3240.00 86.20 3326.2 0.00 3326.2 71.40 3397.60 168.33 3565.93 258.29 3824.22 -3824.22
People's Democracy John McAnulty 144 17.70 161.70 -161.70
Non Transferable N/A 33.80 33.80 54.80 88.60 127.00 215.60 96.70 312.30 7.53 319.83 1640.36 1960.19 3347.46 5.307.65
Electorate=57726, valid=34259, spoiled=1819, quota=6852

1975 Constitutional Convention[edit]

1975 Constitutional Convention: Belfast West
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
UUP John Laird 23.6 8,433              
SDLP Paddy Devlin 17.5 6,267              
Alliance Bob Cooper 9.2 3,293 3,362.81 3,495.11 3,679.76 4,341.58 4,428.25 4,472.89 4,915.13
SDLP Joe Hendron 8.0 2,840 2,841.56 3,058.82 3,180.76 3,607.50 3,611.04 3,611.66 4,901.95
Independent Unionist Hugh Smyth 7.4 2,644 3,235.63 3,236.35 3,252.92 3,256.31 4,127.80 4,684.56 4,693.55
SDLP Paschal O'Hare 6.9 2,452 2,453.95 2,578.87 2,691.07 3,115.67 3,118.63 3,121.11  
UUP Jean Coulter 6.5 2,325 4,209.48 4,209.48 4,226.65 4,235.65 5,710.65    
Independent Thomas Conaty 5.7 2,052 2,052.78 2,133.96 2,302.18        
SDLP Desmond Gillespie 5.6 1,986 1,988.73 2,506.59 2,652.23 3,254.10 3,257.10 3,257.72 4,513.76
DUP Edith Goligher 5.5 1,958 2,668.19 2,669.63 2,686.41 2,688.59      
Republican Clubs John Sullivan 1.8 660 661.17 676.29          
Republican Clubs John Brady 1.2 418 418,78 432.82          
Republican Clubs Bernard McDonagh 0.7 262 263.17 268.21          
Communist Party John Morris 0.2 86 86 87.62          
Communist Party Peter Kerrins 0.1 44 44.78 45.50          
Electorate: 63,869   Valid: 37,514 (58.7%)   Spoilt: 1,794   Quota: 5,103   Turnout: 35,720

Note: John Laird, Jean Coulter and Edith Goligher were all UUUC endorsed candidates.

1973[edit]

1973 Assembly Election: Belfast West
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11 Count 12
UUP John Laird 27.7 11,479                      
SDLP Paddy Devlin 18.7 7,743                      
Independent Unionist Hugh Smyth 8.8 3,625 5,997.09                    
Alliance Bob Cooper 7.6 3,160 3,262.90 3,374.22 3,374.89 3,382.61 3,637.01 3,810.76 3,866.68 5,042.61 5,221.61 5,378.06 5,597.46
SDLP Desmond O'Donnell 5.1 2,112 2,113.47 2,341.17 2,321.17 2,353.40 2,394.93 2,734.28 2,734.78 2,763.39 2,764.39 3,037.25  
Labour (NI) Billy Boyd 4.7 1,942 2,204.15 2,214.73 2,216.67 2,237.90 2,333.56 2,388.08 2,538.10        
SDLP Desmond Gillespie 4.7 1,940 1,940 2,520.29 2,520.30 2,527.93 2,590.38 2,953 2,953.49 2,993.58 2,994.58 3,404.51 4,961.35
Vanguard Jean Coulter 4.3 1,765 3,606.42 3,606.42 3,634.31 3,638.30 3,704.33 3,707.56 5,610.71 6,281.71      
SDLP Gerry Campbell 4.3 1,764 1,764.49 2,269.34 2,268.35 2,277.35 2,325.48 2,698.95 2,699.95 2,835.67 2,837.67 3,320.88 4,399.77
Republican Labour Paddy Kennedy 4.2 1,750 1,750.49 1,970.37 1,970.37 1,984.60 2,036.94            
Republican Clubs Raymond O'Hagan 3.4 1,389 1,389 1,438.91 1,438.91 1,465.37 2,134.58 2,537.47 2,538.47 2,563.10 2,564.10    
DUP Willam Spence 3.3 1,366 2270.05 2270.05 2286.85 2293.62 2236.40 2239.40          
Republican Clubs John O'Hare 1.7 702 703.47 715.43 715.44 725.44              
Alliance Reginald Donnelly 0.5 194 202.33 223.49 223.51 225              
Alliance Maureen Smyth 0.4 169 232.70 238.22 238.67 242.67              
Labour (NI) Patrick Doherty 0.4 151 152.47 172.02 172.03 174.03              
Communist Party James Stewart 0.3 123 130.35 131.96 132.20                
Electorate: 70,791   Valid: 44,208   Spoilt: 2,834   Quota: 5,911   Turnout: 41,374

Note: John Laird, Hugh Smyth, Jean Coulter and William Spence used the label "West Belfast Loyalist Coalition" simultaneously whilst standing under different party affiliations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.eoni.org.uk/index/elections/elections-2011-results-and-statistics/ni-assembly-election-2011-results-by-stage.htm
  2. ^ 1996 Candidates – West Belfast, Northern Ireland Elections

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 54°35′11″N 6°00′06″W / 54.58639°N 6.00167°W / 54.58639; -6.00167