Northern Ireland (European Parliament constituency)

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Northern Ireland
European Parliament constituency
Northern Ireland (European Parliament constituency) is located in European Parliament constituencies 2014
Northern Ireland (European Parliament constituency)
Location among the 2014 constituencies
Created 1979
MEP(s) 3 (1979 - present)
Member State United Kingdom
Source(s) [1][2]

Northern Ireland is a constituency of the European Parliament. Since 1979, it has elected three MEPs using the Single Transferable Vote, making it the only constituency in the United Kingdom to not use party list proportional representation.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covers the entirety of Northern Ireland, a constituent country of the United Kingdom.

Members of the European Parliament[edit]

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Northern Ireland
Year Member Party Member Party Member Party
1979 Ian Paisley Democratic Unionist John Hume SDLP John Taylor Ulster Unionist
1984
1989 Jim Nicholson
1994
1999
2004 Jim Allister Bairbre de Brún Sinn Féin
2007 Traditional Unionist Voice
2009 Diane Dodds Democratic Unionist Conservatives and Unionists
2012 Martina Anderson Ulster Unionist
2014

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.

2014[edit]

Ten candidates stood in the election.[1][2]

European Parliament election, 2014: Northern Ireland[3]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Sinn Féin Martina Anderson 25.5 159,813              
DUP Diane Dodds 20.9 131,163 131,831 131,845 133,465 139,791 143,009 179,302  
UUP Jim Nicholson 13.3 83,438 84,418 84,426 86,672 92,301 99,260 135,993 158,212
SDLP Alex Attwood 13.0 81,594 81,790 83,845 87,028 88,147 112,822 114,981 115,273
TUV Jim Allister 12.1 75,806 76,182 76,195 77,065 84,438 86,020    
Alliance Anna Lo 7.1 44,432 44,978 45,292 53,953 55,347      
UKIP Henry Reilly 3.9 24,584 24,914 24,945 26,017        
Green (NI) Ross Brown 1.7 10,598 10,923 11,038          
NI21 Tina McKenzie 1.7 10,553 10,823 10,862          
Conservative Mark Brotherston 0.7 4,144              
Electorate: 1,225,771   Valid: 626,125   Spoilt: 9,968 (1.6%)   Quota: 156,532   Turnout: 636,093

2009[edit]

European Parliament election, 2009: Northern Ireland[4]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Sinn Féin Bairbre de Brún 26.0 126,184    
Conservatives and Unionists Jim Nicholson 17.1 82,893 94,285 132,227
DUP Diane Dodds 18.2 88,346 91,260 115,722
SDLP Alban Maginness 16.2 78,489 94,814 97,428
TUV Jim Allister 13.7 66,197 70,481  
Alliance Ian Parsley 5.5 26,699    
Green (NI) Steven Agnew 3.3 15,764    
Electorate: 1,141,979   Valid: 484,572   Spoilt: 4,319 (0.9%)   Quota: 121,144   Turnout: 488,891

2004[edit]

European Parliament election, 2004: Northern Ireland[5]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
DUP Jim Allister 32.0 175,761    
Sinn Féin Bairbre de Brún 26.3 144,541    
UUP Jim Nicholson 16.6 91,164 124,646 147,058
SDLP Martin Morgan 15.9 87,559 88,010 108,531
Independent John Gilliland 6.6 36,270 39,390  
Socialist Environmental Eamon McCann 1.6 9,172 9,268  
Green (NI) Lindsay Whitcroft 0.9 4,810 5,134  
Electorate: 1,072,669   Valid: 549,277   Spoilt: 5,467 (1.0%)   Quota: 137,320   Turnout: 554,744

Gilliland's candidacy was supported by Alliance, Workers' Party, Labour and others.[6]

1999[edit]

European Parliament election, 1999: Northern Ireland[7]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
DUP Ian Paisley 28.4 192,762    
SDLP John Hume 28.1 190,731    
UUP Jim Nicholson 17.6 119,507 162,627 184,739
Sinn Féin Mitchel McLaughlin 17.3 117,643 119,352 119,384
PUP David Ervine 3.31 22,494    
UK Unionist Robert McCartney 2.98 20,283    
Alliance Sean Neeson 2.12 14,391    
Natural Law James Anderson 0.15 998    
Electorate: 1,191,307   Valid: 678,809   Spoilt: 8,764   Quota: 169,703   Turnout: 687,573

1994[edit]

European Parliament election, 1994: Northern Ireland[8]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2
DUP Ian Paisley 29.2 163,246  
SDLP John Hume 28.9 161,992  
UUP Jim Nicholson 23.8 133,459 149,541
Alliance Mary Clark-Glass 4.1 23,157 23,376
Sinn Féin Tom Hartley 3.8 21,273 21,283
Sinn Féin Dodie McGuinness 3.1 17,195 17,239
Sinn Féin Francie Molloy 3.0 16,747 16,752
Ulster Independence Hugh Ross 1.4 7,858 12,575
Conservative Myrtle Boal 1.0 5,583 6,125
Workers' Party John Lowry 0.5 2,543 2,579
Labour Party NI Niall Cusack 0.4 2,464 2,519
Natural Law James Anderson 0.2 1,418 1,493
Other June Campion 0.2 1,088 1,127
Other David Kerr 0.1 578 884
Natural Law Susannah Thompson 0.1 454 534
Natural Law Michael Kennedy 0.1 419 444
Other Robert Mooney 0.1 400 456
Electorate: 1,162,344   Valid: 559,867   Spoilt: 9,234   Quota: 139,967   Turnout: 569,101

Campion's candidacy, with the ballot paper description 'Peace Coalition', was supported by Democratic Left, the Greens and some Labour groups.

Kerr appeared on the ballot paper with the description 'Independent Ulster'.

Mooney appeared on the ballot paper with the description 'Constitutional Independent Northern Ireland'.

1989[edit]

European Parliament election, 1989: Northern Ireland[9]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2
DUP Ian Paisley 29.9 160,110  
SDLP John Hume 25.5 136,335  
UUP Jim Nicholson 22.2 118,785 141,583
Sinn Féin Danny Morrison 9.1 48,914 48,987
Alliance John Alderdice 5.2 27,905 28,633
Conservative Myrtle Boal 4.8 25,789 26,872
Green (NI) Malcolm Samuel 1.2 6,569 6,876
Workers' Party Seamus Lynch 1.0 5,590 5,668
Labour Mark Langhammer 0.7 3,540 3,661
Labour Party NI Brian Caul 0.2 1,274 1,304
Electorate: 1,106,852   Valid: 534,811   Spoilt: 5,356   Quota: 133,703   Turnout: 540,167

Langhammer appeared on the ballot as the 'Labour Representation' candidate – the Campaign for Labour Representation aimed to persuade the British Labour Party to organise in Northern Ireland.

Caul appeared on the ballot as the candidate of Labour '87, a merger of the Labour Party of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Labour Party, Ulster Liberal Party and United Labour Party.

1984[edit]

European Parliament election, 1984: Northern Ireland[10]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
DUP Ian Paisley 33.6 230,251      
UUP John Taylor 21.5 147,169 185,714    
SDLP John Hume 22.1 151,399 151,664 156,310 183,256
Sinn Féin Danny Morrison 13.3 91,476 91,525 92,644 93,079
Alliance David Cook 5.0 34,046 34,892 37,401  
Ulster Popular Unionist James Kilfedder 2.9 20,092 38,293 38,854  
Workers' Party Seamus Lynch 1.3 8,712 8,813    
Ecology Colin McGuigan 0.3 2,172 2,236    
Electorate: 1,065,363   Valid: 685,317   Spoilt: 11,654   Quota: 171,330   Turnout: 696,994

1979[edit]

European Parliament election, 1979: Northern Ireland[11]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
DUP Ian Paisley 29.8 170,688          
SDLP John Hume 25.5 140,622 140,676 146,072      
UUP John Taylor 11.9 68,185 77,228 80,207 80,405 96,407 153,466
Independent Unionist James Kilfedder 6.7 38,198 50,622 53,986 54,623 69,383 72,557
UUP Harry West 10.0 56,984 61,163 61,952 62,140 65,915  
Alliance Oliver Napier 6.8 39,026 39,404 45,702 51,263    
Independent Republican Bernadette McAliskey 5.9 33,969 33,975 36,105      
Other David Bleakley 1.6 9,383 9,600        
Other Paddy Devlin 1.1 6,122 6,146        
Unionist Party NI Eddie Cummings 0.6 3,712 3,836        
Republican Clubs Brian Brennan 0.6 3,258 3,263        
Republican Clubs Francis Donnelly 0.2 1,160 1,164        
Liberal James Murray 0.2 932 948        
Electorate: 1,029,490   Valid: 572,239   Spoilt: 13,773   Quota: 143,060   Turnout: 586,059

Bleakley appeared on the ballot paper with the description 'United Community'.

Devlin was the candidate of the United Labour Party.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27150784
  2. ^ Shields, Graham (25 April 2014). "Statement of Persons Nominated". Electoral Office for Northern Ireland. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  3. ^ BBC News - Vote 2014, Northern Ireland European election count
  4. ^ The 2009 European Election, Northern Ireland Elections
  5. ^ The 2004 European Election, Northern Ireland Elections
  6. ^ "Independent Candidate John Gilliland". BBC News. 18 May 2004. 
  7. ^ The 1999 European Election, Northern Ireland Elections
  8. ^ The 1994 European Election, Northern Ireland Elections
  9. ^ The 1989 European Election, Northern Ireland Elections
  10. ^ The 1984 European Election, Northern Ireland Elections
  11. ^ The 1979 European Election, Northern Ireland Elections