Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 2011
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This is a list of the 108 members of the Northern Ireland Assembly (MLAs) elected in 2011. All members elected at the assembly elections, held on 5 May 2011 are listed. Eighty-three of the MLAs elected in 2011 had been members for all or part of the Assembly's previous term. This includes 11 individuals (marked with an asterisk in the table below) who became MLAs in the previous Assembly by virtue of substitution (see Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 2007). Twenty of the MLAs elected in 2011 are women.
Composition of the 4th Northern Ireland Assembly
|Party||Designation||May 2011[na 1]||May 2014[na 2]|
|•||Democratic Unionist Party||Unionist||38||37[na 3]|
|•||Ulster Unionist Party||Unionist||16||13|
|•||Social Democratic and Labour Party||Nationalist||14||14|
|•||Alliance Party of Northern Ireland||Other||8||8|
|Green Party in Northern Ireland||Other||1||1|
|Traditional Unionist Voice||Unionist||1||1|
Government coalition parties denoted with bullets (•)
- May 2011 column refers to the state of parties after the 2011 Northern Ireland Assembly election.
- May 2014 column refers to the state of parties after the co-option of Claire Sugden.
- William Hay was elected as Speaker, and so is not counted as a member of the Democratic Unionist parliamentary party.
|Designation||Composition||May 2011[na 1]||May 2014[na 2]|
|Unionist||DUP, Ind. Unionist, NI21 (until May 2014, although still technically designated as Unionist), UKIP (from Oct. 2012), UUP, TUV, Independents||56||55|
|Nationalist||SDLP, Sinn Féin||43||43|
|Other||Alliance Party, Green Party, NI21 (from May 2014 - informally)||9||9|
- May 2011 column refers to the state of parties after the 2011 Northern Ireland Assembly election.
- May 2011 column refers to the state of parties after NI21 changes its designation from "Unionist" to "Other".
Diagram of party strengths in the 4th Northern Ireland Assembly.
- Note that this is not the official seating plan.
MLAs by party
This is a list of MLAs elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in the 2011 Northern Ireland Assembly election, sorted by party.
Not to be confused: Paul Girvan (South Antrim) and Paul Givan (Lagan Valley) are different people, although both were co-opted to replace retiring Democratic Unionist members of the last Assembly. Roy Beggs, Jr. (born 1962) is the son of the Ulster Unionist Roy Beggs (born 1936), a former Assembly member for North Antrim and former MP for East Antrim in the British House of Commons. Similarly Mark H. Durkan (b. 1978) is the nephew of the former SDLP leader Mark Durkan (b. 1960), who left the Assembly after his election in 2010 as MP for Foyle.
MLAs by constituency
The list is given in alphabetical order by constituency.
New members elected in May 2011
Twenty-five members of the third Assembly who were sitting at its dissolution on 24 March 2011 were succeeded by new members after the election of 5 May 2011. Seventeen sitting members did not present themselves for re-election and another eight were defeated at the polls. One re-elected member had been elected with a different affiliation in 2007.
The numbers indicate the percentage of votes each member received in the first round of counting under the Single Transferable Vote in the 2011 election, and the round which decided his or her election or defeat.
This is a sortable table arranged alphabetically by the new member's surname. In some constituencies (Foyle, West Tyrone and Fermanagh & South Tyrone) where it is not possible to couple a single outgoing member by party with a single successor, the incoming members are arranged alphabetically (so the second one may be out of alphabetic order with the rest of the table) and the outgoing members are arranged arbitrarily.
|Wilson, BrianBrian Wilson (retiring)||Green Party in N. Ireland||—||—||North Down||Agnew, StevenSteven Agnew||Green||7.9%||11|
|O'Loan, DeclanDeclan O'Loan||SDLP||9.1%||9||North Antrim||Allister, JimJim Allister||Trad. U. Voice||10.1%||9|
|McGill, ClaireClaire McGill (retiring)||Sinn Féin||—||—||West Tyrone||Boyle, MichaelaMichaela Boyle||Sinn Féin||12.9%||4|
|Cobain, FredFred Cobain||Ulster Unionist||8.2%||7||Belfast North||Bradley, PaulaPaula Bradley||DUP||10.4%||6|
|Bresland, AllanAllan Bresland
Deeny, KieranKieran Deeny (retiring)
|West Tyrone||Byrne, JoeJoe Byrne
Hussey, RossRoss Hussey
|Purvis, DawnDawn Purvis||Ind. (elected as Prog. U.)||5.3%||11||Belfast East||Cochrane, JudithJudith Cochrane||Alliance||13.4%||7|
|Empey, RegReg Empey (retiring)
|Ulster Unionist||—||—||Belfast East||Copeland, MichaelMichael Copeland||UUP||6.8%||11|
|Neeson, SeánSeán Neeson (retiring)||Alliance||—||—||East Antrim||Dickson, StewartStewart Dickson||Alliance||10.0%||9|
|Savage, GeorgeGeorge Savage (retiring)||Ulster Unionist||—||—||Upper Bann||Dobson, Jo-AnneJo-Anne Dobson||UUP||7.9%||7|
|Browne, WallaceWallace Browne (retiring)
Baron Browne of Belmont
|Democratic Unionist||—||—||Belfast East||Douglas, SammySammy Douglas||DUP||8.3%||11|
|McFarland, AlanAlan McFarland||Ind. (elected as UUP)||6.7%||9||North Down||Dunne, GordonGordon Dunne||DUP||13.3%||2|
|Callaghan, PólPól Callaghan
[replaced Mark Durkan, MP]
Mary Bradley (retiring)
|Foyle||Durkan, Mark H.Mark H. Durkan
|Gallagher, TommyTommy Gallagher||SDLP
|Flanagan, PhilPhil Flanagan||Sinn Féin||10.6%||6|
|McHugh, GerryGerry McHugh (retiring)||Ind. (elected as SF)||—||—||Fermanagh &
|Lynch, SeánSeán Lynch||Sinn Féin||10.7%||6|
|Butler, PaulPaul Butler (retiring)||Sinn Féin||—||—||Lagan Valley||Hale, BrendaBrenda Hale||DUP||8.2%||7|
|Burns, ThomasThomas Burns||SDLP||10.6%||0||South Antrim||Lewis, PamPam Lewis||DUP||8.9%||4|
|Paisley, IanIan Paisley, PC (retiring)
|Democratic Unionist||—||—||North Antrim||McIlveen, DavidDavid McIlveen||DUP||8.1%||8|
|Bradley, P.J.P.J. Bradley (retiring)||SDLP||—||—||South Down||McKevitt, KarenKaren McKevitt||SDLP||9.0%||9|
|Robinson, KenKen Robinson (retiring)||Ulster Unionist||—||—||East Antrim||McMullan, OliverOliver McMullan||Sinn Féin||8.2%||10|
|Gibson, SimpsonSimpson Gibson (retiring)
[replaced Jim Shannon]
|Democratic Unionist||—||—||Strangford||Nesbitt, MikeMike Nesbitt||UUP||11.0%||6|
|Leonard, BillyBilly Leonard (retiring)
[replaced Francie Brolly]
|Sinn Féin (suspended)||—||—||East Londonderry||O'Hoison CathalCathal Ó hOisín||Sinn Féin||13.5%||6|
|Armstrong, BillyBilly Armstrong (retiring)||Ulster Unionist||—||—||Mid Ulster||Overend, SandraSandra Overend||UUP||10.3%||6|
|Coulter, RobertRobert Coulter (retiring)||Ulster Unionist||—||—||North Antrim||Swann, RobinRobin Swann||UUP||6.2%||9|
Member returning with a different affiliation
David McClarty, originally elected from East Londonderry as an Ulster Unionist, although not re-nominated by the UUP in 2011, stood successfully for re-election as an independent. This reduced the UUP's strength from 2007, while keeping independent strength in the Assembly at one (as Kieran Deeny, the retiring independent member, was not succeeded in West Tyrone by another independent). McClarty decided not to re-join the UUP after his re-election.
|12 May 2011||Foyle||Speaker||DUP||William Hay is elected Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.|
|27 January 2012||Strangford||Independent||UUP||David McNarry is suspended from the Ulster Unionist Party for a period of nine months after an investigation by the party disciplinary committee.|
|31 March 2012||South Down||SDLP||Margaret Ritchie vacated her seat in order to concentrate on her role as a Member of Parliament.|
|1 April 2012||South Down||SDLP||Seán Rogers co-opted to seat vacated by Margaret Ritchie.|
|13 April 2012||South Down||Sinn Féin||Willie Clarke vacated his seat in order to concentrate on his role as a Down District Councillor.|
|13 April 2012||South Down||Sinn Féin||Chris Hazzard co-opted to seat vacated by Willie Clarke.|
|11 June 2012||Foyle||Sinn Féin||Martina Anderson vacated her seat following her appointment to the position of MEP for Northern Ireland .|
|14 June 2012||Foyle||Sinn Féin||Maeve McLaughlin co-opted to seat vacated by Martina Anderson.|
|2 July 2012||Newry and Armagh||Sinn Féin||Conor Murphy vacated his seat in order to concentrate on his role as a Member of Parliament.|
|2 July 2012||West Tyrone||Sinn Féin||Pat Doherty vacated his seat in order to concentrate on his role as a Member of Parliament.|
|2 July 2012||Belfast West||Sinn Féin||Paul Maskey vacated his seat in order to concentrate on his role as a Member of Parliament.|
|2 July 2012||Newry and Armagh||Sinn Féin||Megan Fearon co-opted to seat vacated by Conor Murphy.|
|2 July 2012||West Tyrone||Sinn Féin||Declan McAleer co-opted to seat vacated by Pat Doherty.|
|2 July 2012||Belfast West||Sinn Féin||Rosie McCorley co-opted to seat vacated by Paul Maskey.|
|7 July 2012||Fermanagh and South Tyrone||Sinn Féin||Michelle Gildernew vacated her seat in order to concentrate on her role as a Member of Parliament.|
|7 July 2012||Fermanagh and South Tyrone||Sinn Féin||Bronwyn McGahan co-opted to seat vacated by Michelle Gildernew.|
|4 October 2012||Strangford||UKIP||Independent||David McNarry joins the UK Independence Party becoming the party's first Northern Ireland MLA.|
|14 February 2013||South Down||Independent||UUP||John McCallister resigns the Ulster Unionist Party whip over its decision to engage in an electoral pact with the Democratic Unionist Party.|
|15 February 2013||Lagan Valley||Independent||UUP||Basil McCrea resigns the Ulster Unionist Party whip over its decision to engage in an electoral pact with the
Democratic Unionist Party.
|8 April 2013||Mid Ulster||Sinn Féin||Francie Molloy vacated his seat in order to concentrate on his role as a Member of Parliament.|
|8 April 2013||Mid Ulster||Sinn Féin||Ian Milne co-opted to seat vacated by Francie Molloy.|
|6 June 2013||South Down||NI21||Independent||John McCallister along with one other Independent Unionist establish and join the NI21 political party.|
|6 June 2013||Lagan Valley||NI21||Independent||Basil McCrea along with one other Independent Unionist establish and join the NI21 political party.|
|4 September 2013||Belfast South||SDLP||Resignation of Conall McDevitt.|
|12 September 2013||Belfast South||SDLP||Fearghal McKinney co-opted to seat vacated by Conall McDevitt.|
|18 April 2014||East Londonderry||Independent||Death of David McClarty.|
|6 May 2014||East Londonderry||Independent||Claire Sugden co-opted to replace David McClarty following his death.|
|6 May 2014||South Down||Independent||NI21||John McCallister resigns from NI21 and sits again as an Independent (unionist) |
- Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly elected in 2007
- Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2011
- Executive of the 4th Northern Ireland Assembly
- "Electoral Office 2011 results page". Eoni.org.uk. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
- New Durkan aims for leader's seat, The Belfast Telegraph, 10 October 2010 (retrieved 22 May 2011)
- NI Assembly: Latest 2011 Election results, UTV News (retrieved 22 May 2011)
- Full Northern Ireland Results, BBC News, 11 May 2011 (retrieved on 11 May 2011)
- "McClarty: withdraw Sinn Fein 'scum' remark or it's no deal, Tom", by Liam Clarke, The Belfast Telegraph, published and retrieved on Wednesday 11 May 2011.
- "David McClarty says he will remain an independent MLA", BBC, 11 May 2011 (retrieved 12 May 2011)