East Londonderry (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°56′46″N 6°57′11″W / 54.946°N 6.953°W / 54.946; -6.953

East Londonderry
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of East Londonderry in Northern Ireland 1995–2008.
Districts of Northern Ireland Coleraine, Limavady
Electorate 65,233 (March 2011)
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Gregory Campbell (DUP)
Number of members One
Created from Londonderry
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency Northern Ireland

East Londonderry is a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom House of Commons.

Boundaries[edit]

The seat was created in boundary changes in 1983, as part of an expansion of Northern Ireland's constituencies from 12 to 17, and was predominantly made up from the old Londonderry constituency. From further revisions in 1995 (when it lost parts of the district of Magherafelt to the Mid Ulster constituency), and until the 2008 revision, it covered exactly the same area as the districts of Coleraine and Limavady. The inclusion of all of Coleraine Borough means that part of the East Londonderry constituency is actually in County Antrim.

For the 2010 general election the East Londonderry constituency was formed by the following local government areas, as confirmed by the Northern Ireland Parliamentary Constituencies Order.[1]

  • The entire local government districts of Limavady and Coleraine.
  • Banagher, and Claudy, from the Derry district.

History[edit]

The constituency has a unionist majority, though in many elections nationalists have polled close to 35% of the vote. The main interest in elections has been the contest between the Ulster Unionist Party and the Democratic Unionist Party. The UUP were normally ahead of the DUP until the 2001 general election when the DUP finally overtook them.

The 2001 election was seen at a province wide level as a battle over the Belfast Agreement with the DUP opposed to it and most of the UUP in favour, however ironically this situation was seemingly reversed in East Londonderry, where the sitting Ulster Unionist MP, William Ross, was completely opposed to all involvement with the Agreement and its institutions, whilst the DUP candidate, Gregory Campbell, was a minister in the Executive set up by the Agreement. Many commentators joked that the DUP's gain meant that East Londonderry now had a more pro-Agreement MP than before.

For the history of the equivalent constituency prior to 1983, please see Londonderry.

Members of Parliament[edit]

The Member of Parliament since the 2001 general election is Gregory Campbell of the Democratic Unionist Party. In that election he defeated William Ross of the Ulster Unionist Party who had represented East Londonderry since 1983 and its predecessor seat of Londonderry between 1974 and 1983.

Election Member[2] Party
1983 William Ross Ulster Unionist
2001 Gregory Campbell Democratic Unionist

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: East Londonderry[3]
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

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: East Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DUP Gregory Campbell 15,225 42.9 +10.8
UUP David McClarty 7,498 21.1 -6.3
SDLP John Dallat 6,077 17.1 -3.7
Sinn Féin Billy Leonard 5,709 16.1 +0.5
Alliance Yvonne Boyle 924 2.6 -1.5
Independent Malcolm Samuel 71 0.2 N/A
Majority 7,727 21.8
Turnout 35,504 60.3 -5.9
DUP hold Swing +8.5
General Election 2001: East Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DUP Gregory Campbell 12,813 32.1 +6.5
UUP William Ross 10,912 27.4 -8.2
SDLP John Dallat 8,298 20.8 -0.9
Sinn Féin Francie Brolly 6,221 15.6 +6.5
Alliance Yvonne Boyle 1,625 4.1 -2.3
Majority 1,901 4.7
Turnout 39,869 66.2 +1.4
DUP gain from UUP Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: East Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP William Ross 13,558 36.0 -29.26
DUP Gregory Campbell 9,767 26.0 +25.6
SDLP Arthur Doherty 8,273 22.0 +1.83
Sinn Féin Malachy O'Kane 3,463 9.0 +5.59
Alliance Yvonne Boyle 2,427 6.0 -0.94
Conservative James Holmes 436 1.0 -2.41
Natural Law Clare Gallen 100 0.26 N/A
National Democrats Ian Anderson 81 0.21 N/A
Majority 3,794 10.0 -25.2
Turnout 38,102 64.77 -5.03
UUP hold Swing -23.8

1997 changes are compared to the notional figures from 1992[4]

Notional 1992 UK General Election Result : East Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP N/A 23,287 64.9 N/A
SDLP N/A 7,134 19.9 N/A
Alliance N/A 2,634 7.3 N/A
Conservative N/A 1,589 4.4 N/A
Sinn Féin N/A 1,261 3.5 N/A
Majority 16,153 45.0 N/A
General Election 1992: East Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP William Ross 30,370 57.6
SDLP Arthur Doherty 11,843 22.4
Sinn Féin Pauline Davey-Kennedy 5,320 10.1
Alliance Paddy McGowan 3,613 6.8
Conservative Alan Elder 1,589 3.0 N/A
Majority 18,527 35.2
Turnout 52,735 69.8 +0.7
UUP hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: East Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP William Ross 29,532 60.5
SDLP Arthur Doherty 9,375 19.2
Sinn Féin John Davey 5,464 11.2
Alliance Paddy McGowan 3,237 6.6
Workers' Party Francie Donnelly 935 1.9
Ecology Malcolm Samuel 281 0.6 N/A
Majority 20,157 35.2
Turnout 48,824 68.7
UUP hold Swing
East Londonderry by-election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP William Ross 30,922 93.9 + 56.0
"For the Anglo-Irish Agreement" "Peter Barry" 2,001 6.1 N/A
Majority 28,921 87.8 + 73.7
Turnout 32,923 46.8 – 29.5
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1983: East Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP William Ross 19,469 37.9 N/A
DUP James McClure 12,207 23.8 N/A
SDLP Arthur Doherty 9,397 18.3 N/A
Sinn Féin John Davey 7,073 13.8 N/A
Alliance Martha McGrath 2,401 4.7 N/A
Workers' Party Francie Donnelly 819 1.6 N/A
Majority 7,262 14.1 N/A
Turnout 51,366 76.3 N/A
UUP win (new seat)

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