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.[1] 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[edit]

Party Designation May 2011[na 1] May 2014[na 2]
Democratic Unionist Party Unionist 38 37[na 3]
Sinn Féin Nationalist 29 29
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
Independent Unionist 1 2
NI21 Other - 1
UKIP Unionist - 1
Speaker None 0 1
Total 108

Government coalition parties denoted with bullets ()

Notes
  1. ^ May 2011 column refers to the state of parties after the 2011 Northern Ireland Assembly election.
  2. ^ May 2014 column refers to the state of parties after the co-option of Claire Sugden.
  3. ^ 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
None Speaker 0 1
Notes
  1. ^ May 2011 column refers to the state of parties after the 2011 Northern Ireland Assembly election.
  2. ^ May 2011 column refers to the state of parties after NI21 changes its designation from "Unionist" to "Other".

Graphical representation[edit]

Diagram of party strengths in the 4th Northern Ireland Assembly.

Northern Ireland Assembly 2011 seat distribution.svg

  • Note that this is not the official seating plan.

MLAs by party[edit]

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.[2]

Party Name Constituency
Democratic Unionist Party (38) Sydney Anderson Upper Bann
Jonathan Bell Strangford
Paula Bradley Belfast North
Thomas Buchanan West Tyrone
Gregory Campbell East Londonderry
Trevor Clarke South Antrim
Jonathan Craig Lagan Valley
Sammy Douglas Belfast East
Gordon Dunne North Down
Alex Easton North Down
Arlene Foster Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Paul Frew North Antrim
Paul Girvan South Antrim
Paul Givan Lagan Valley
Brenda Hale Lagan Valley
Simon Hamilton Strangford
William Hay Foyle
David Hilditch East Antrim
William Humphrey Belfast North
William Irwin Newry and Armagh
Pam Lewis South Antrim
Nelson McCausland Belfast North
Ian McCrea Mid Ulster
David McIlveen North Antrim
Michelle McIlveen Strangford
Adrian McQuillan East Londonderry
Maurice Morrow Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Stephen Moutray Upper Bann
Robin Newton Belfast East
Edwin Poots Lagan Valley
George Robinson East Londonderry
Peter Robinson Belfast East
Alastair Ross East Antrim
Jimmy Spratt Belfast South
Mervyn Storey North Antrim
Peter Weir North Down
Jim Wells South Down
Sammy Wilson East Antrim
Sinn Féin (29) Martina Anderson Foyle
Cathal Boylan Newry and Armagh
Michaela Boyle West Tyrone
Mickey Brady Newry and Armagh
Willie Clarke South Down
Pat Doherty West Tyrone
Phil Flanagan Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Michelle Gildernew Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Gerry Kelly Belfast North
Seán Lynch Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Fra McCann Belfast West
Jennifer McCann Belfast West
Raymond McCartney Foyle
Barry McElduff West Tyrone
Martin McGuinness Mid Ulster
Daithí McKay North Antrim
Mitchel McLaughlin South Antrim
Oliver McMullan East Antrim
Alex Maskey Belfast South
Paul Maskey Belfast West
Francie Molloy Mid Ulster
Conor Murphy Newry and Armagh
Carál Ní Chuilín Belfast North
John O'Dowd Upper Bann
Cathal Ó hOisín East Londonderry
Michelle O'Neill Mid Ulster
Sue Ramsey Belfast West
Caitríona Ruane South Down
Pat Sheehan Belfast West
Ulster Unionist Party (16) Roy Beggs, Jr. East Antrim
Michael Copeland Belfast East
Leslie Cree North Down
Jo-Anne Dobson Upper Bann
Tom Elliot Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Sam Gardiner Upper Bann
Ross Hussey West Tyrone
Danny Kennedy Newry and Armagh
Danny Kinahan South Antrim
John McCallister South Down
Basil McCrea Lagan Valley
Michael McGimpsey Belfast South
David McNarry Strangford
Mike Nesbitt Strangford
Sandra Overend Mid Ulster
Robin Swann North Antrim
Social Democratic and Labour Party (14) Alex Attwood Belfast West
Dominic Bradley Newry and Armagh
Joe Byrne West Tyrone
John Dallat East Londonderry
Mark H. Durkan Foyle
Colum Eastwood Foyle
Dolores Kelly Upper Bann
Conall McDevitt Belfast South
Alasdair McDonnell Belfast South
Patsy McGlone Mid Ulster
Karen McKevitt South Down
Alban Maginness Belfast North
Pat Ramsey Foyle
Margaret Ritchie South Down
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (8) Judith Cochrane Belfast East
Stewart Dickson East Antrim
Stephen Farry North Down
David Ford South Antrim
Anna Lo Belfast South
Trevor Lunn Lagan Valley
Chris Lyttle Belfast East
Kieran McCarthy Strangford
Green Party in Northern Ireland (1) Steven Agnew North Down
Traditional Unionist Voice (1) Jim Allister North Antrim
Independent (1) David McClarty East Londonderry

MLAs by constituency[edit]

The list is given in alphabetical order by constituency.

Members of the 4th Northern Ireland Assembly
Constituency Name Party
Belfast East Judith Cochrane Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Michael Copeland Ulster Unionist Party
Sammy Douglas Democratic Unionist Party
Chris Lyttle Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Robin Newton Democratic Unionist Party
Peter Robinson Democratic Unionist Party
Belfast North Paula Bradley Democratic Unionist Party
William Humphrey Democratic Unionist Party
Gerry Kelly Sinn Féin
Nelson McCausland Democratic Unionist Party
Alban Maginness Social Democratic and Labour Party
Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin
Belfast South Anna Lo Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Conall McDevitt Social Democratic and Labour Party
Alasdair McDonnell Social Democratic and Labour Party
Michael McGimpsey Ulster Unionist Party
Alex Maskey Sinn Féin
Jimmy Spratt Democratic Unionist Party
Belfast West Alex Attwood Social Democratic and Labour Party
Fra McCann Sinn Féin
Jennifer McCann Sinn Féin
Paul Maskey Sinn Féin
Sue Ramsey Sinn Féin
Pat Sheehan Sinn Féin
East Antrim Roy Beggs, Jr. Ulster Unionist Party
Stewart Dickson Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
David Hilditch Democratic Unionist Party
Oliver McMullan Sinn Féin
Alastair Ross Democratic Unionist Party
Sammy Wilson Democratic Unionist Party
East Londonderry Gregory Campbell Democratic Unionist Party
John Dallat Social Democratic and Labour Party
David McClarty Independent
Adrian McQuillan Democratic Unionist Party
Cathal Ó hOisín Sinn Féin
George Robinson Democratic Unionist Party
Fermanagh and South Tyrone Tom Elliott Ulster Unionist Party
Phil Flanagan Sinn Féin
Arlene Foster Democratic Unionist Party
Michelle Gildernew Sinn Féin
Seán Lynch Sinn Féin
Maurice Morrow Democratic Unionist Party
Foyle Martina Anderson Sinn Féín
Mark H. Durkan Social Democratic and Labour Party
Colum Eastwood Social Democratic and Labour Party
William Hay Democratic Unionist Party
Raymond McCartney Sinn Féín
Pat Ramsey Social Democratic and Labour Party
Lagan Valley Jonathan Craig Democratic Unionist Party
Paul Givan Democratic Unionist Party
Brenda Hale Democratic Unionist Party
Trevor Lunn Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Basil McCrea Ulster Unionist Party
Edwin Poots Democratic Unionist Party
Mid Ulster Ian McCrea Democratic Unionist Party
Patsy McGlone Social Democratic and Labour Party
Martin McGuinness Sinn Féin
Francie Molloy Sinn Féin
Michelle O'Neill Sinn Féin
Sandra Overend Ulster Unionist Party
Newry and Armagh Cathal Boylan Sinn Féin
Dominic Bradley Social Democratic and Labour Party
Mickey Brady Sinn Féin
William Irwin Democratic Unionist Party
Danny Kennedy Ulster Unionist Party
Conor Murphy Sinn Féin
North Antrim Jim Allister Traditional Unionist Voice
Paul Frew Democratic Unionist Party
David McIlveen Democratic Unionist Party
Daithí McKay Sinn Féin
Mervyn Storey Democratic Unionist Party
Robin Swann Ulster Unionist Party
North Down Steven Agnew Green Party in Northern Ireland
Leslie Cree Ulster Unionist Party
Gordon Dunne Democratic Unionist Party
Alex Easton Democratic Unionist Party
Stephen Farry Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Peter Weir Democratic Unionist Party
South Antrim Trevor Clarke Democratic Unionist Party
David Ford Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Paul Girvan Democratic Unionist Party
Danny Kinahan Ulster Unionist Party
Pam Lewis Democratic Unionist Party
Mitchel McLaughlin Sinn Féin
South Down Willie Clarke Sinn Féin
John McCallister Ulster Unionist Party
Karen McKevitt Social Democratic and Labour Party
Margaret Ritchie Social Democratic and Labour Party
Caitríona Ruane Sinn Féin
Jim Wells Democratic Unionist Party
Strangford Jonathan Bell Democratic Unionist Party
Simon Hamilton Democratic Unionist Party
Kieran McCarthy Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Michelle McIlveen Democratic Unionist Party
David McNarry Ulster Unionist Party
Mike Nesbitt Ulster Unionist Party
Upper Bann Sydney Anderson Democratic Unionist Party
Jo-Anne Dobson Ulster Unionist Party
Sam Gardiner Ulster Unionist Party
Dolores Kelly Social Democratic and Labour Party
Stephen Moutray Democratic Unionist Party
John O'Dowd Sinn Féin
West Tyrone Michaela Boyle Sinn Féin
Thomas Buchanan Democratic Unionist Party
Joe Byrne Social Democratic and Labour Party
Pat Doherty Sinn Féin
Ross Hussey Ulster Unionist Party
Barry McElduff Sinn Féin

New members elected in May 2011[edit]

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.[3][4]

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.

Outgoing member(s) Party 1st
pref
Round
Constituency
New Member(s)
Party 1st
pref
Round
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)
Democratic Unionist
Independent
10.3%
0
West Tyrone Byrne, JoeJoe Byrne
Hussey, RossRoss Hussey
SDLP
UUP
8.5%
10.4%
5
Purvis, DawnDawn Purvis Ind. (elected as Prog. U.) 5.3% 11 Belfast East Cochrane, JudithJudith Cochrane Alliance 13.4% 7
Empey, RegReg Empey (retiring)
Lord Empey
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)
SDLP 6.8%
4
Foyle Durkan, Mark H.Mark H. Durkan
Colum Eastwood
SDLP 12.8%
7.6%
4
7
Gallagher, TommyTommy Gallagher SDLP
9.6% 6 Fermanagh &
South Tyrone
Flanagan, PhilPhil Flanagan Sinn Féin 10.6% 6
McHugh, GerryGerry McHugh (retiring) Ind. (elected as SF) Fermanagh &
South Tyrone
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)
Lord Bannside
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[edit]

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.[5][6]

Changes[edit]

Date Constituency Gain Loss Note
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.[7]
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.[7]
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.[8]
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.[9]
2 July 2012 West Tyrone Sinn Féin Declan McAleer co-opted to seat vacated by Pat Doherty.[9]
2 July 2012 Belfast West Sinn Féin Rosie McCorley co-opted to seat vacated by Paul Maskey.[9]
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.[9]
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.[10]
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.[11]
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.[12]
6 May 2014 South Down Independent NI21 John McCallister resigns from NI21 and sits again as an Independent (unionist) [13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electoral Office 2011 results page". Eoni.org.uk. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  2. ^ New Durkan aims for leader's seat, The Belfast Telegraph, 10 October 2010 (retrieved 22 May 2011)
  3. ^ NI Assembly: Latest 2011 Election results, UTV News (retrieved 22 May 2011)
  4. ^ Full Northern Ireland Results, BBC News, 11 May 2011 (retrieved on 11 May 2011)
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "David McClarty says he will remain an independent MLA", BBC, 11 May 2011 (retrieved 12 May 2011)
  7. ^ a b http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Assembly-Business/Minutes-of-Proceedings/Monday-16-April-2012/
  8. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18491984
  9. ^ a b c d http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Assembly-Business/Minutes-of-Proceedings/Monday-02-July-2012/
  10. ^ http://aims.niassembly.gov.uk/mlas/details.aspx?&aff=7279&per=3083&sel=5&ind=&prv=0
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