South Antrim (Assembly constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°37′48″N 6°08′02″W / 54.630°N 6.134°W / 54.630; -6.134

South Antrim
County constituency
for the Northern Ireland Assembly
SouthAntrimConstituency.svg
South Antrim shown within Northern Ireland
Districts Antrim, Lisburn, Newtownabbey
Current constituency
Created 1973
Assembly Members Trevor Clarke
David Ford
Paul Girvan
Danny Kinahan
Pam Lewis
Mitchel McLaughlin

South Antrim 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 South Antrim 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 South Antrim (UK Parliament constituency).

Members[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly (1998–present)[edit]

Election MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
1998 Jim Wilson
(UUP)
Duncan Shipley-Dalton
(UUP)
Wilson Clyde
(DUP)
Norman Boyd
(UK Unionist)
Donovan McClelland
(SDLP)
David Ford
(Alliance Party)
2003 David Burnside
(UUP)
Paul Girvan
(DUP)
Thomas Burns
(SDLP)
2007 Mitchel McLaughlin
(Sinn Féin)
William McCrea
(DUP)
Trevor Clarke
(DUP)
June 2009
co-option
Danny Kinahan
(UUP)
July 2010
co-option
Paul Girvan
(DUP)
2011 Pam Lewis
(DUP)

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.

Other (1973–1996)[edit]

In the 1996 election to the Northern Ireland Peace Forum, 5 Forum members were elected from North Antrim. 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. South Antrim elected 10 members (an exceptionally high number which some commentators believe to be impractical) 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 eight members elected from South Antrim were:

In 1973 elections were held to the Assembly set up under the Sunningdale Agreement. The eight members elected from South Antrim were:

Elections[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly[edit]

2011 Assembly election: South Antrim
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
DUP Paul Girvan 15.1 4,844 4,844 4,844 4,844
Sinn Féin Mitchell McLaughlin 14.5 4,662 4,662 4,662 4,662
DUP Trevor Clarke 14.3 4,607 4,607 4,607 4,607
Alliance David Ford 14.5 4,544 4,660 4,660 4,660
UUP Danny Kinahan 10.7 3,445 3,826 5,585  
SDLP Thomas Burns 10.6 3,406 3,436 3,482 3,590.56
DUP Pam Lewis 8.9 2,866 3,329 3,797 4,668.24
UUP Adrian Cochrane-Watson 7.1 2,285 2,568    
TUV Mel Lucas 3.4 1,091      
BNP Stephen Parkes 1.3 404      
Electorate: 65,231   Valid: 32,164   Spoilt: 488   Quota: 4,595   Turnout: 32,652 (50.06%)
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2007
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
Sinn Féin Mitchel McLaughlin 6,313 Elected 1
DUP William McCrea 6,023 Elected 1
Alliance David Ford 5,007 Elected 5
UUP David Burnside 4,507 Elected 7
DUP Trevor Clarke 4,302 Elected 8
DUP Mel Lucas 2,840 Not elected 8
SDLP Thomas Burns 2,721 Elected 8
UUP Danny Kinahan 2,391 Not elected 6
SDLP Noreen McClelland 1,526 Not elected 6
UUP Stephen Nicholl 927 Not elected 4
UK Unionist Robert McCartney 893 Not elected 4
Green (NI) Pete Whitcroft 507 Not elected 3
Conservative Stephen O'Brien 129 Not elected 3
Workers' Party Marcella Delaney 89 Not elected 3
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2003
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
UUP David Burnside 7,066 Elected 1
DUP Wilson Clyde 5,131 Elected 5
DUP Paul Girvan 4,820 Elected 6
Sinn Féin Martin Meehan 4,295 Not elected
Alliance David Ford 3,393 Elected 11
UUP Jim Wilson 3,135 Elected 9
SDLP Thomas Burns 2,732 Elected 11
SDLP Donovan McClelland 2,671 Not elected
DUP John Smyth 1,501 Not elected
UUP Adrian Cochran-Watson 953 Not elected
NI Unionist Norman Boyd 774 Not elected
NI Women's Coalition Joan Cosgrove 465 Not elected
PUP Kenneth Wilkinson 311 Not elected
Conservative Jason Docherty 174 Not elected
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1998
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
UUP Jim Wilson 6,691 Elected
DUP Wilson Clyde 6,034 Elected
UK Unionist Norman Boyd 4,360 Elected
SDLP Donovan McClelland 4,309 Elected
UUP Duncan Shipley-Dalton 4,147 Elected
Alliance David Ford 3,778 Elected
SDLP Thomas Burns 3,474 Not elected
Sinn Féin Martin Meehan 3,226 Not elected
DUP Stuart Deignan 2,816 Not elected
UUP John Hunter 2,337 Not elected
PUP Kenneth Wilkinson 1,546 Not elected
NI Women's Coalition Joan Cosgrove 1,108 Not elected
Labour Party NI Oliver Frawley 137 Not elected
Natural Law George Stidolph 28 Not elected

1996 Forum[edit]

Successful candidates are shown in bold.[1]

Party Candidate(s) Votes Percentage
UUP Peter King
John Hunter
Ivan Hunter
Peter Walker
Mervyn Rea
12,001 30.2
DUP Wilson Clyde
Trevor Kirkland
9,549 24.0
SDLP Donovan McClelland
Bobby Burns
Tommy McTeague
Bobby Loughran
Oran Keenan
6,025 15.1
Alliance David Ford
Jim Rooney
Lynn Frazer
3,332 8.4
Sinn Féin Henry Cushinan
Pauline Davey-Kennedy
Laurence McKeown
2,149 5.4
UK Unionist Billy Boyd
Stephen Nicholl
2,111 5.3
PUP Kenneth Wilkinson
Mark Thompson
1,697 4.3
Ulster Democratic William Blair
David Burgess
1,000 2.5
NI Women's Coalition Joan Cosgrove
Rosaleen Pelen
Sandra Walsh
Anne McKenna
435 1.1
Independent Templeton Arthur Templeton
Fraser Agnew
250 0.7
Conservative Agnes Shirley
Roger Lomas
David Bustard
246 0.6
Labour coalition Eleanor Bailey
Peter Ruddell
Glen Simpson
236 0.6
Green (NI) Alan Warren
John Spottiswoode
197 0.5
Democratic Left Paul Gupta
Paddy McGlinley
119 0.3
Democratic Partnership Rodney Greene
Paul Mullan
105 0.3
Workers' Party Eamon Gillen
Bobby Owens
104 0.3
Ulster Independence Francis Ellison
Samuel Parke
89 0.2
Independent McMullan John McDowell
William Dunbar
33 0.1
Natural Law Margaret Adams
Mark Griffiths
16 0.0
Independent Chambers William Larmour
Greta Bunting
3 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 Count 14 Count 15 Count 16 Count 17 Count 18 Count 19 Count 20 Count 21 Count 22 Count 23
UUP Jim Molyneaux 19978
DUP William Beattie 7489 7489
DUP Ivan Davis 5394 6170 6170 6170
UUP Fraser Agnew 3302 6201 6201
Alliance Seamus Close 2916 2968 2975 2976 2977 2979 2990 2992 3034 3044 3090 3139 3140 3417 3422 4166 4240 4274 4284 4286 4289 4750 5806
SDLP John Clenaghan 2802 2806 2808 2808 2809 2809 2830 2830 2850 2851 2887 3083 3083 3297 3299 3318 4174 4178 4189 4190 4191
Alliance Gordon Mawhinney 2660 2774 2777 2778 2779 2779 2785 2793 2890 2916 2951 2970 2976 3084 3102 4426 4462 4586 4613 4617 4626 4751 5100
DUP Roy Thompson 2646 3035 3165 3165 3171 3172 3175 3192 3194 3254 3256 3257 3793 3803 3845 3868 3872 3999 6419
Alliance Joan Tomlin 2107 2214 2216 2217 2217 2217 2217 2221 2290 2326 2336 2352 2366 2523 2546
SDLP Patrick Ritchie 2081 2083 2083 2083 2083 2084 2097 2097 2111 2115 2136 2438 2441 2633 2633 2672
SDLP James McDonald 2071 2073 2073 2073 2073 2074 2091 2091 2115 2115 2157 2652 2653 2853 2853 2873 4397 4400 4402 4402 4402 7460
Independent Unionist George Herron 1797 2237 2284 2287 2291 2301 2302 2345 2382 2543 2545 2545 2622 2632 2850 2891 2891
UUP Clifford Forsythe 1612 4243 4283 4306 4319 4325 4327 4376 4408 4559 4563 4563 4642 4654 5437 5500 5501 6249 6249 6249
DUP Trevor Kirkland 1265 1364 2142 2143 2157 2165 2165 2220 2242 2325 2327 2328 3044 3051 3120 3141 3141 3468
DUP Samuel Neill 1250 1377 1557 1558 1562 1569 1569 1597 1609 1672 1673 1674
Independent SDLP William McDonnell 1180 1182 1182 1182 1182 1182 1189 1189 1203 1206 1236
UUP Billy Bell 979 2906 3039 3116 3166 3198 3200 3284 3331 3413 3413 3417 3495 3506 4049 4128 4129 4898 5269 5541 5678 5683 5683
UUP Ivan Hunter 930 1827 1845 1852 1859 1870 1871 1957 1975 2021 2024 2025 2058 2061
Workers' Party Kevin Smyth 891 902 903 903 903 904 933 935 984 993 1626 1705 1707
Workers' Party Austin Kelly 775 779 780 780 781 781 822 822 890 906
Independent Democratic Unionist James Smith 686 828 830 836 837 838 841 856 879
Newtownabbey Labour Bob Kidd 560 600 604 605 605 605 651 658
UUP Frank Millar Jr 526 3407 3429 3435 3449 3459 3460 3507 3524 3606 3609 3611 3675 3682 3947 3995 3997 4332 4510 4589 4647 4649 4652
Communist Party Andrew Gibb 247 250 250 250 250 251
UUUP Kennedy Lindsay 160 360 365 366 366 473 473
UUUP Samuel Larmour 139 196 205 205 208
Electorate=131734, valid=66443, spoiled=2076, quota=6041

1975 Constitutional Convention[edit]

Party Candidate 1st Pref Result[2] Count
DUP William Beattie 11,834 Elected
UUP Austin Ardill 10,895 Elected
SDLP Vincent McCloskey 6,756 Elected
Unionist Party NI Anne Dickson 5,723 Elected
Alliance Charles Kinahan 5,294 Elected
Vanguard Kennedy Lindsay 4,529 Elected
Unionist Party NI Peter McLachlan 3,919 Not elected
Alliance John Cousins 3,228 Not elected
Vanguard George Morrison 2,943 Elected
DUP James Smith 2,970 Not elected
UUP Samuel Semple 2,813 Not elected
UUP John Logan 2,595 Not elected
DUP Stewart Dunlop 2,461 Elected
SDLP James McDonald 1,888 Not elected
Republican Clubs Kevin Smith 710 Not elected
Communist Party William Somerset 248 Not elected

1973[edit]

Party Candidate 1st Pref Result[2] Count
DUP William Beattie 10,126 Elected
Independent Unionist Anne Dickson 9,033 Elected
SDLP Vincent McCloskey 7,899 Elected
Alliance Derrick Crothers 5,975 Elected
UUP Nat Minford 5,289 Elected
UUP Austin Ardill 5,234 Elected
DUP Allen Annesley 4,232 Not elected
UUP Peter McLachlan 3,983 Elected
UUP George Swann 3,742 Not elected
Vanguard Kennedy Lindsay 3,005 Elected
Vanguard William Snoddy 2,706 Not elected
Vanguard Robert Bradford 2,587 Not elected
UUP John Blakeley 2,375 Not elected
UUP Alexander McGowan 2,327 Not elected
Alliance William Gawn 1,709 Not elected
Alliance Joan Tomlin 1,572 Not elected
Labour (NI) Sandy Scott 854 Not elected
Labour (NI) Bob Kidd 740 Not elected
UUP William King 694 Not elected
Labour (NI) Deirdre Byrne 559 Not elected
Labour (NI) Robert Johnston 342 Not elected

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1996 Candidates – South Antrim, Northern Ireland Elections
  2. ^ a b South Antrim 1973–82, Northern Ireland elections