Lagan Valley (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Lagan Valley in Northern Ireland.
|Member of parliament||Jeffrey Donaldson (Democratic Unionist)|
|Created from||Antrim and Down|
|European Parliament constituency||Northern Ireland|
1983-1997: The District of Lisburn; and the District of Castlereagh ward of Carryduff.
1997-2010: The District of Lisburn wards of Ballinderry, Ballymacbrennan, Ballymacash, Ballymacoss, Blaris, Derryaghy, Dromara, Drumbo, Dunmurry, Glenavy, Harmony Hill, Hilden, Hillhall, Hillsborough, Knockmore, Lagan Valley, Lambeg, Lisnagarvey, Maghaberry, Magheralave, Maze, Moira, Old Warren, Seymour Hill, Tonagh, and Wallace Park; and the District of Banbridge wards of Dromore North, Dromore South, Gransha, and Quilly.
2010-present: The City of Lisburn wards of Ballinderry, Ballymacash, Ballymacbrennan, Ballymacoss, Blaris, Dromara, Drumbo, Harmony Hill, Hilden, Hillhall, Hillsborough, Knockmore, Lagan Valley, Lambeg, Lisnagarvey, Maghaberry, Magheralave, Maze, Moira, Old Warren, Seymour Hill, Tonagh, Wallace Park, and part of Derryaghy; and the District of Banbridge wards of Dromore North, Dromore South, Gransha, and Quilly.
The seat was created in 1983, as part of an expansion of Northern Ireland's constituencies from 12 to 17, and was predominantly made up from parts of South Antrim and North Down. In their original proposals, in January 1980, the boundary commission proposed calling it 'Lagan'. In further revisions in 1995 it lost some areas to both Belfast West and Strangford. Currently the constituency contains most of Lisburn district and part of Banbridge district.
Following their review of all parliamentary seats in Northern Ireland prior to the United Kingdom general election, 2010 the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland made alterations to Lagan Valley. In an unprecedented decision, passed by Parliament through the Northern Ireland Parliamentary Constituencies Order, one electoral ward was split between two constituencies. This followed concerns in Derryaghy about being moved into the neighbouring West Belfast seat.
For the history of the equivalent constituencies prior to 1950 please see Antrim (UK Parliament constituency) and Down (UK Parliament constituency) and from 1950 until 1983, please see South Antrim (UK Parliament constituency) and North Down.
The constituency is overwhelmingly unionist and has traditionally had one of the highest votes for the Ulster Unionist Party in all of Northern Ireland, due in part to the personal popularity of Jim Molyneaux. Since his retirement in 1997 the seat has been represented by Jeffrey Donaldson who many initially saw as the rising star of the UUP. However Donaldson had a fractious relationship with the party which at times has been reflected in the election results. In the 1998 Assembly election he was controversially and publicly blocked from standing. In that election the UUP lost votes to many fringe unionist parties. In the 2001 general election the votes for the UUP, Democratic Unionist Party and Alliance Party of Northern Ireland all remained remarkably steady compared to significant shifts elsewhere in the province. Then in the 2003 Assembly election Donaldson was allowed to stand, despite at this point having resigned the UUP whip at Westminster. The UUP had their best result in the election, in part due to no candidate from either the UK Unionist Party or Northern Ireland Unionist Party defending one of the seats won in 1998. Donaldson's fractious relations with the UUP continued and the following month he, together with fellow assembly member Norah Beare, left the party and joined the Democratic Unionist Party. In the 2005 general election he held his seat for his new party.
Members of Parliament
The Member of Parliament since 1997 is Jeffrey Donaldson who was elected as a member of the Ulster Unionist Party but switched to the Democratic Unionist Party in 2004. He succeeded James Molyneaux who had represented the seat for the UUP since the 1983 general election and previously sat for the old South Antrim constituency which covered much of the same area.
|1983||Jim Molyneaux||Ulster Unionist|
|1997||Jeffrey Donaldson||Ulster Unionist|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Lagan Valley |
|Sinn Féin||Jacqui McGeough||1,144||2.9||-1.1|
|NI Conservatives||Helen Osborne||654||1.6|
|General Election 2010: Lagan Valley|
|Sinn Féin||Paul Butler||1,465||4.0||−3.5|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Lagan Valley|
|Sinn Féin||Paul Butler||3,197||7.5||+1.6|
|DUP gain from UUP||Swing||+38.1|
|General Election 2001: Lagan Valley|
|Sinn Féin||Paul Butler||2,725||5.9||+3.4|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Lagan Valley|
|Conservative||Stuart E. Sexton||1,212||2.7||−6.3|
|Sinn Féin||Sue Ramsey||1,110||2.5||+0.4|
|Workers' Party||Mrs. Frances McCarthy||203||0.5||−0.7|
|Natural Law||Hugh Finlay||149||0.3||N/A|
|General Election 1992: Lagan Valley|
|Conservative||Timothy R. Coleridge||4,423||9.0||N/A|
|Sinn Féin||Patrick J. Rice||3,346||6.8||+0.4|
|Workers' Party||Mrs. Ann Marie Lowry||582||1.2||−1.7|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Lagan Valley|
|Sinn Féin||Patrick Joseph Rice||2,656||6.4||+2.1|
|Workers' Party||John Lowry||1,215||2.9||+0.9|
|Lagan Valley by-election, 1986|
|Workers' Party||John Lowry||3,328||9.3||+7.3|
|General Election 1983: Lagan Valley|
|SDLP||Cormac J. Boomer||2,603||6.4||N/A|
|Sinn Féin||Richard McAuley||1,751||4.3||N/A|
|Workers' Party||Gerard Loughlin||809||2.0||N/A|
|UUP win (new seat)|
- OPSI SI
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- election result http://www.eoni.org.uk/Elections/Election-results-and-statistics/Election-results-and-statistics-2003-onwards/Elections-2015/UK-Parliamentary-Election-Results/UK-Parliamentary-Election-Result-Belfast-East-(8) 23Aug15