North Down (Assembly constituency)

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North Down
County constituency
for the Northern Ireland Assembly
NorthDownConstituency.svg
North Down shown within Northern Ireland
Districts North Down, Ards
Current constituency
Created 1973
Assembly Members Steven Agnew
Leslie Cree
Gordon Dunne
Alex Easton
Stephen Farry
Peter Weir

North Down 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 North Down UK Parliament constituency, however the boundaries of the two constituencies were slightly different from 1983 to 1986 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 North Down (UK Parliament constituency).

Members[edit]

The six MLAs for the constituency elected in the 2011 election are:

Dr Stephen Farry is the incumbent Minister for Employment and Learning.

The six MLAs for the constituency elected in the 2007 election were:

The six MLAs for the constituency elected in the 2003 election were:

In the 1998 election the six MLAs elected were:

Changes 1998–2003

In the 1996 election to the Northern Ireland Peace Forum, 5 Forum members were elected from North Down. 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. North Down elected 8 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 seven members elected from North Down were:

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

Elections[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2011[1]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Result Count
DUP Alex Easton 18.4 5,175 Elected 1
DUP Gordon Dunne 13.3 3,741 Elected 2
DUP Peter Weir 12.4 3,496 Elected 2
Alliance Stephen Farry 11.1 3,131 Elected 10
Green (NI) Steven Agnew 7.9 2,207 Elected 11
Alliance Anne Wilson 7.5 2,100 Not elected 11
Independent Alan McFarland 6.7 1,879 Not elected 9
Independent Alan Chambers 6.3 1,765 Not elected 7
UUP Leslie Cree 5.6 1,585 Elected 10
UUP Colin Breen 4.8 1,343 Not elected 5
SDLP Liam Logan 2.7 768 Not elected 4
UKIP Fred McGlade 2.2 615 Not elected 3
Sinn Féin Conor Keenan 1.0 293 Not elected 2
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2007
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
DUP Alex Easton 4,946 Elected 1
DUP Peter Weir 3,376 Elected 10
Alliance Stephen Farry 3,131 Elected 7
UUP Leslie Cree 2,937 Elected 10
Green (NI) Brian Wilson 2,839 Elected 10
UUP Alan McFarland 2,245 Elected 10
DUP Alan Graham 2,147 Not elected 10
UUP Marion Smith 2,098 Not elected 10
UK Unionist Robert McCartney 1,806 Not elected 7
Independent Brian Rowan 1,194 Not elected 7
Independent Alan Chambers 1,129 Not elected 8
SDLP Liam Logan 1,105 Not elected 9
Conservative James Leslie 864 Not elected 4
Sinn Féin Deaglan Page 390 Not elected 3
PUP Elaine Martin 367 Not elected 3
Independent Christopher Carter 123 Not elected 2
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2003
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
UUP Leslie Cree 3,900 Elected 13
DUP Peter Weir 3,675 Elected 14
DUP Alex Easton 3,570 Elected 14
UUP Alan McFarland 3,421 Elected 14
UK Unionist Robert McCartney 3,374 Elected 14
UUP Diana Peacocke 2,566 Not elected
Alliance Eileen Bell 1,951 Elected 13
SDLP Liam Logan 1,519 Not elected
Independent Brian Wilson 1,350 Not elected
NI Women's Coalition Jane Morrice 1,181 Not elected
Independent Alan Chambers 1,077 Not elected
Green (NI) John Barry 730 Not elected
Alliance Stephen Farry 704 Not elected
Conservative Julian Robertson 491 Not elected
Independent Alan Field 428 Not elected
PUP David Rose 316 Not elected
Sinn Féin Maria George 264 Not elected
UK Unionist Tom Sheridan 209 Not elected
Independent Christopher Carter 109 Not elected
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1998
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
UK Unionist Robert McCartney 8,188 Elected 1
UUP John Gorman 4,719 Elected 6
UUP Alan McFarland 4,653 Elected 6
Alliance Eileen Bell 3,669 Elected 9
UUP Peter Weir 2,775 Elected 12
SDLP Marietta Farrell 2,048 Not elected
NI Women's Coalition Jane Morrice 1,808 Elected 12
Alliance Gavin Walker 1,699 Not elected
DUP Alan Graham 1,558 Not elected
Independent Alan Chambers 1,382 Not elected
PUP Stewart Currie 1,376 Not elected
Independent Brian Wilson 1,327 Not elected
DUP St Clair McAlister 1,013 Not elected
Conservative Leonard Fee 337 Not elected
Ulster Democratic Tom Lindsay 265 Not elected
Labour Party NI Vanessa Baird-Gunning 212 Not elected
UK Unionist Elizabeth Roche 173 Not elected
Independent Voice Christopher Carter 72 Not elected
Natural Law Andrea Gribben 39 Not elected

1996 Forum[edit]

Successful candidates are shown in bold.[2]

Party Candidate(s) Votes Percentage
UUP Peter Weir
Alan McFarland
Roy Bradford
John Shields
Irene Cree
9,270 25.6
UK Unionist Robert McCartney
Valerie Kinghan
Patricia Watson
7,579 20.9
DUP St Clair McAlister
Ruby Cooling
Cecil Noble
6,699 18.5
Alliance Oliver Napier
Brian Wilson
Eileen Bell
Larry Thompson
Jane Copeland
6,186 17.1
SDLP Owen Adams
John Burke
1,798 5.0
PUP Victor Ash
Samuel Curry
Neil Mehaffy
Kenneth Sterrit
1,694 4.7
Ulster Democratic James McCullough
Thomas Lindsay
651 1.8
NI Women's Coalition Emma McGuigan
Ann Marie Foster
Jane Morrice
496 1.4
Conservative Ann Thompson
Bruce Mulligan
444 1.2
Independent Chambers Alan Chambers
James Arbuthnot
Robert Irvine
334 0.9
Green (NI) Paddy McEvoy
Mary Ringland
283 0.8
Sinn Féin Mairtin O Mulleoir
John Smith
275 0.8
Labour Coalition John Magennis
Sean McGouran
171 0.5
Independent DUP Thomas O'Brien
William Baxter
97 0.3
Democratic Left Daryl Armitage
Tim Davis
95 0.3
Workers' Party Dessie O'Hagan
Colum Mullan
60 0.2
Ulster Independence Geoffrey Watson
Glenn Pollock
49 0.1
Independent Voice Christopher Carter
Fidelma Carter
49 0.1
Natural Law Peter McGowan
Thomas Mullins
15 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 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11 Count 12 Count 13
Ulster Popular Unionist James Kilfedder 13958
UUP John Taylor 5852 7258
DUP Simpson Gibson 4500 4856 4913 4942 4985 6391 6391
Alliance John Cushnahan 4416 4492 4501 4502 4936 4943 6068 6069
Alliance Charles Mulholland 3841 4210 4284 4293 4881 4919 5960 5961 6161 6161 6161
UUP Robert McCartney 3782 4403 4583 4606 4997 5015 5030 5033 5860 5978 6131 6131
DUP Wesley Pentland 3340 3621 3705 3723 3761 4089 4097 4345 4486 6930
DUP Charles Poots 2811 3024 3083 3100 3124 3315 3318 3362 3436
UUP William Bleakes 2692 2930 3028 3049 3202 3241 3244 3246 4401 4778 5278 5336 5383
SDLP Patrick Doherty 2536 2546 2547 2549 2567 2568
DUP Thomas Gourley 2060 2277 2315 2333 2392
UUP Hazel Bradford 1966 2448 2694 2722 2931 3028 3033 3037
Alliance Brian Wilson 1055 1118 1135 1136
Ulster Popular Unionist George Green 958 4266 4472 4508 4596 4679 4685 4689 4967 5126 5330 5364 5377
UUP David McNarry 671 827 924 936
UUUP Robert Gabby 181 217 228
Electorate=103619, valid=54619, spoiled=1182, quota=6069

1975[edit]

Constitutional Convention Election – 1 May 1975
Party Candidate Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
UUP James Kilfedder 21693
UUP John Taylor 7238 7238 7238 7238 7238 7238 7238 7238
Alliance Charles Mulholland 4616 5109 5119 5201 5569 7182 9226
Vanguard George Green 4408 8063
SDLP Sean Hollywood 3988 4005 4006 4014 4056 4150
Unionist Party NI John Brooke 3555 4435 4459 4873 6340 6416 6480 6535
Alliance Bertie McConnell 3099 3420 3427 3549 3619 4377 5710 7064
DUP Charles Poots 2962 6778 7072 7137 7209 7228 7228 7228
Alliance Keith Jones 2424 2550 2553 2586 2646
Unionist Party NI William Brownlow 1638 1939 1950 2281
UUP Neil Oliver 1257 5727 6180 6333 6453 6494 6508 6515
Unionist Party NI Robert Campbell 901 1263 1288
Electorate=93884, valid=57779, spoiled=989, quota=7223

1973[edit]

Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
UUP Jim Kilfedder 20,684 Elected
UUP John Brooke 6,160 Elected
Alliance Charles Mulholland 4,482 Elected
DUP Charles Poots 4,364 Elected
UUP Robert Campbell 3,760 Elected
Alliance Bertie McConnell 3,271 Elected
SDLP Patrick McHenry 2,833 Not elected
UUP William Brownlow 2,620 Elected
Vanguard George Green 2,425 Not elected
UUP Andrew Donaldson 1,950 Not elected
UUP Kathleen McClure 1,796 Not elected
Alliance Cecilia Linehan 1,493 Not elected
Labour William Allen 1,354 Not elected
Vanguard Kenneth Leckey 1,290 Not elected
UUP Hans Jess 1,227 Not elected
Alliance John Marks 699 Not elected
Labour Kenneth Young 601 Not elected
Vanguard David Trimble 446 Not elected

References[edit]

  1. ^ North Down, UTV
  2. ^ 1996 Candidates – North Down, Northern Ireland Elections]

Coordinates: 54°37′53″N 5°40′52″W / 54.63139°N 5.68111°W / 54.63139; -5.68111