List of parliamentary constituencies in Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland is divided into 18 Parliamentary constituencies: 4 borough constituencies in Belfast and 14 county constituencies elsewhere. Section 33 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 provides that the constituencies for the Northern Ireland Assembly are the same as the constituencies that are used for the United Kingdom Parliament.[1] Parliamentary constituencies are not used for local government, which is instead carried out by 11 district councils; these often have different boundaries.

Each constituency returns one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons at Westminster and five Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) to the devolved Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont. Six MLAs were returned per constituency until the Assembly Members (Reduction of Numbers) Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 reduced the number to five, effective from the 2017 Assembly election.[2]

NI Parliamentary Constituencies 2010 (large labels).svg

2017 General Election[edit]

  Democratic Unionist   Sinn Féin   Social Democratic and Labour   Ulster Unionist   Alliance Party   Independent

The data in this table is from the BBC Election Website. Full official results for the 2017 General Election in Northern Ireland can be found on the website of the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland.[3]

Name[nb 1] Electorate Majority[nb 2] Member of Parliament Nearest opposition Unionist % Nationalist % Other % Map
Belfast East BC 63,495 8,474 Gavin Robinson Naomi Long 60.1 2.5 37.4
A very small constituency, located in the east of the country.
Belfast North BC 68,249 2,081 Nigel Dodds John Finucane 46.2 47.0 6.8
A very small constituency, located in the east of the country
Belfast South BC 66,105 1,996 Emma Pengelly Alasdair McDonnell 34.5 42.2 23.3
A very small constituency, located in the East of the country.
Belfast West BC 62,423 21,652 Paul Maskey Frank McCoubrey 13.4 74.6 12.1
A very small constituency, located in the East of the country.
East Antrim CC 62,908 15,923 Sammy Wilson Stewart Dickson 71.7 12.7 15.6
A medium-sized constituency, located in the East of the country.
East Londonderry CC 67,038 8,842 Gregory Campbell Dermot Nicholl 61.9 37.3 6.2
A fairly large constituency, located in the north of the country.
Fermanagh & South Tyrone CC 70,601 875 Michelle Gildernew Tom Elliott 45.5 52.0 2.5
A very large constituency, comprising the southwest area of the country.
Foyle CC 70,324 169 Elisha McCallion Mark Durkan 16.1 79.0 4.8
A medium-sized constituency found in the south east of the county.
Lagan Valley CC 72,380 19,229 Jeffrey Donaldson Robbie Butler 77.4 11.0 11.6
A medium constituency located inland, in the southeast of the country.
Mid Ulster CC 68,485 12,890 Francie Molloy Keith Buchanan 33.4 64.3 2.3
A medium constituency, located slightly to the north and west of the centre of the country.
Newry & Armagh CC 78,266 12,489 Mickey Brady William Irwin 32.9 64.8 2.3
A medium constituency in the south of the country.
North Antrim CC 75,657 20,643 Ian Paisley, Jr. Cara McShane 72.9 21.6 5.6
A large constituency in the north of the county.
North Down CC 64,334 1,208 Sylvia Hermon Alex Easton 81.5 2.4 15.9
A medium-sized constituency found in the south east of the county.
South Antrim CC 68,244 3,208 Paul Girvan Danny Kinahan 69.0 23.6 7.4
A medium constituency located in the extreme south west of the county.
South Down CC 75,685 2,446 Chris Hazzard Margaret Ritchie 21.3 75.0 3.6
A medium constituency located in the centre of the county. Due to the elongated shape of the county, no constituencies border it to the north or the south despite its central location.
Strangford CC 64,327 18,343 Jim Shannon Kellie Armstrong 74.7 9.0 16.3
A small constituency. It is situated in the south west of the county, although it borders another constituency located further south west.
Upper Bann CC 80,168 7,992 David Simpson John O'Dowd 58.9 36.5 4.5
A large constituency in the north of the county.
West Tyrone CC 64,009 10,342 Barry McElduff Tom Buchanan 32.1 63.7 4.2
A medium-sized constituency found in the south east of the county.
  1. ^ BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. ^ The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.

Historical representation by party[edit]

Where a cell is marked → (with a different colour of background to the preceding cell) it indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party affiliation.

1801 to 1832 (22 MPs)[edit]

Antrim[edit]

Constituency 1801 1802 1806 07 1807 1812 14 16 1818 19 1820 22 1826 1830 1831
Antrim Staples U O'Neill T
MacNaghten T F. Seymour-Conway T H. H. Seymour T R. Seymour-Conway T MacNaghten T G. Chichester T --> W
Belfast J. May T S. May T Michel T A. Chichester T G. Chichester T A. Chichester W
Carrickfergus Dalway U S. Chichester T Craig W A. Chichester T G. Chichester T A. Chichester T Hill W
Lisburn Hatton T F. Seymour-Conway T Moore T Foster T H. B. Seymour T Meynell T

Londonderry[edit]

Constituency 1801 01 1802 1806 07 1807 09 1812 14 15 1818 1820 23 1826 1830 1831 31
Coleraine W. Jones T Hill T W. Jones T J. Beresford T G. Beresford T J. Beresford T Brydges T Copeland W
Londonderry City Alexander U Hill T Ferguson W
County Londonderry C. Stewart U A. Stewart U A. R. Stewart U T. Jones T
vacant Hill U G. Beresford T Ponsonby T Dawson U Bateson T

Tyrone[edit]

Constituency 1801 01 02 1802 03 1806 07 1807 09 1812 1818 1820 25 1826 1830 1831
Dungannon J. Knox C. Hamilton G. Knox C. Hamilton G. Knox J. Hamilton Cl. Hamilton Scott Holford T. Knox J. J. Knox T
Tyrone Lowry-Corry T Jn Stewart T T. Knox Ind Jn Stewart T H. Lowry-Corry T
James Stewart U T. Knox T W. Stewart W H. Stewart T

Armagh[edit]

Constituency 1801 1802 1806 1807 1812 15 16 1818 19 1820 1826 1830 1831 31
Armagh Duigenan T Webber T Foster T Stuart T Goulburn T Chetwynd-Talbot T Brydges T
County Armagh Acheson U Richardson T Caulfeild W Acheson W
Cope U Caulfeild W Brownlow T Caulfeild W Brownlow T then W
Newry Moore Corry W F. Needham T F. J. Needham T Knox T

Down[edit]

Constituency 1801 1802 1806 1807 1812 1818 1826 1830 1831
Down
Downpatrick

Fermanagh[edit]

Constituency 1801 1802 1806 1807 1812 1818 1826 1830 1831
Enniskillen
Fermanagh

1832 to 1885 (29 MPs)[edit]

Antrim[edit]

  Conservative   Whig   Peelite   Liberal

Constituency 1832 1835 35 1837 38 41 1841 45 1847 52 1852 52 53 1857
Antrim J. O'Neill Alexander E. Pakenham
G. Chichester Irving H. B. Seymour E. C. Macnaghten Macartney
Belfast A. Chichester McCance Dunbar Gibson J. Tennent R. Tennent Davison
J. Tennent --> G. Chichester Dunbar Johnson A. Chichester --> Cairns
Carrickfergus C. Dobbs Kirk Stapleton-Cotton W. Dobbs
Lisburn Meynell H. B. Seymour J. Tennent Smyth Richardson
Constituency 1859 60 63 63 1865 66 1868 69 73 1874 78 1880 85
Antrim T. Pakenham G. H. Seymour H. Seymour Chaine Sinclair
Upton E. O'Neill E. MacNaghten
Belfast Davison Getty Johnston Ewart
Cairns Lanyon McClure Corry
Carrickfergus Torrens Dalway Greer
Lisburn Richardson Barbour Verner Wallace

Londonderry[edit]

  Conservative   Whig   Liberal

Constituency 1832 33 1835 1837 1841 42 43 44 1847 52 1852 1857 57 1859 60 62 1865 1868 72 1874 78 1880 81 84
Coleraine Beresford* Copeland Litton Boyd Naas Boyd Bruce Taylor Bruce
Londonderry City Ferguson --> McCormick Hamilton Dowse Lewis
County Londonderry Jones Greer Dawson Smyth McClure
R. Bateson R. Bateson jnr T. Bateson Clark Heygate Law Porter Walker

*unseated on petition

Tyrone[edit]

  Conservative   Peelite   Liberal

Constituency 1832 1835 1837 38 39 1841 1847 51 1852 1857 1859 1865 1868 73 1874 1880 80 81
Dungannon J. Knox T. Knox T. Knox jnr W. Knox T. Dickson J. Dickson
Tyrone H. T. Lowry Corry --> --> H. W. Lowry Corry Litton T. Dickson
Stewart Hamilton Alexander Hamilton --> --> Ellison-Macartney

Armagh[edit]

  Conservative   Whig   Peelite   Liberal

Constituency 1832 1835 1837 40 1841 1847 51 1852 55 1857 1859 64 1865 67 1868 71 73 1874 75 1880
Armagh Dobbin Curry Rawdon Moore Bond Miller Bond Miller Vance Beresford
County Armagh Acheson Caulfeild Close Stronge Close
Verner W. Verner jnr E. Verner Richardson
Newry Hill Brady Ellis F. J. Needham --> Hallewell Kirk Quinn Innes Kirk F. C. Needham Whitworth Thomson

Down[edit]

  Conservative   Whig   Peelite   Liberal

Constituency 1832 1835 36 1837 1841 45 1847 51 1852 1857 1859 1865 67 1868 1874 78 1880 84
Down A. M. Hill A. W. B. Hill Hill-Trevor A. W. Hill
Stewart D. S. Ker Forde Crawford Vane-Tempest-Stewart R. W. Ker
Downpatrick Maxwell D. Ker D. S. Ker R. Ker Hardinge R. Ker D. S. Ker Keown Mulholland

Fermanagh[edit]

  Conservative

Constituency 1832 34 1835 1837 40 1841 44 1847 51 1852 54 1857 59 1859 1865 1868 1874 1880
Enniskillen A. Cole H. Cole Whiteside J. Cole Crichton L. Cole
Fermanagh Archdall M. Archdale W. Archdale
W. Cole Brooke H. Cole Crichton

1885 to 1918 (25 MPs)[edit]

Antrim[edit]

  Conservative Party   Irish Unionist then Ulster Unionist   Russellite Unionist   Independent Unionist

Constituency 1885 1886 87 1892 1895 99 1900 03 1906 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 13 15
East Antrim J. McCalmont R. McCalmont
Mid Antrim R. O'Neill A. O'Neill H. O'Neill
North Antrim Macnaghten Lewis Connor H. McCalmont Moore Glendinning Kerr-Smiley
South Antrim Ellison-Macartney Craig

Armagh[edit]

  Conservative Party   Irish Unionist then Ulster Unionist   Irish Parliamentary Party (1885-90, 1900-22) / Irish National League (1890-1900)   Irish National Federation   Healyite Nationalist   Nationalist Party

Constituency 1885 86 1886 91 1892 1895 00 1900 1906 06 09 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 17 18
Mid Armagh McKane Corry Barton Lonsdale Lonsdale
North Armagh Saunderson Moore Allen
South Armagh Blane McHugh J. Campbell McKillop O'Neill Donnelly

Belfast[edit]

  Conservative Party   Irish Unionist then Ulster Unionist   Independent Unionist   Liberal Unionist   Irish Parliamentary Party (1885-90, 1900-22) / Irish National League (1890-1900)   Irish National Federation   Nationalist Party   Labour Unionist

Constituency 1885 1886 89 90 92 1892 1895 96 1900 02 05 1906 07 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 14 Apr 17 Jul 17
Belfast East de Cobain Wolff McMordie Sharman-Crawford
Belfast North Ewart Harland Haslett Dixon Clark Thompson
Belfast South Johnston Sloan Chambers Lindsay
Belfast West Haslett Sexton Arnold-Forster Devlin

Down[edit]

  Conservative Party   Irish Unionist then Ulster Unionist   Russellite Unionist   Irish Parliamentary Party (1885-90, 1900-22) / Irish National League (1890-1900)   Irish National Federation   Nationalist Party

Constituency 1885 1886 90 1892 1895 98 1900 02 05 1906 07 08 Jan 1910 10 Dec 1910
East Down Ker Rentoul Wood Craig
North Down Waring Blakiston-Houston Corbett Mitchell-Thomson
South Down Small McCartan McVeagh
West Down A. W. Hill A. Hill Liddell A. W. Hill MacCaw
Newry J. H. McCarthy Carvill Mooney

Fermanagh[edit]

  Irish Unionist then Ulster Unionist   Russellite Unionist   Irish Parliamentary Party (1885-90, 1900-22) / Irish National League (1890-1900)   Irish National Federation

Constituency 1885 1886 1892 1895 98 1900 03 1906 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 16
North Fermanagh Redmond Dane Archdale Mitchell Fetherstonhaugh Archdale
South Fermanagh H. Campbell McGilligan Jordan Crumley

Londonderry[edit]

  Conservative Party   Irish Unionist then Ulster Unionist   Liberal Unionist   Liberal Party   Irish Parliamentary Party (1885-90, 1900-22) / Irish National League (1890-1900)   Irish National Federation

Constituency 1885 1886 1892 1895 99 1900 1906 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 12 13 14 16
Londonderry City Lewis J. McCarthy Ross Knox Moore Hamilton Hogg Dougherty
North Londonderry Mulholland Atkinson Barrie
South Londonderry Healy Lea Gordon Henry

Tyrone[edit]

  Conservative Party   Irish Unionist then Ulster Unionist   Russellite Unionist   Liberal Unionist   Liberal Party   Irish Parliamentary Party (1885-90, 1900-22) / Irish National League (1890-1900)   Irish National Federation   Nationalist Party

Constituency 1885 1886 90 91 1892 1895 1900 02 1906 06 07 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 11 16 18
East Tyrone Reynolds Doogan Kettle Redmond Harbison
Mid Tyrone Kenny Murnaghan Brunskill McGhee
North Tyrone E. Hamilton F. Hamilton Hemphill Dodd Barry Russell
South Tyrone O'Brien Russell Horner Coote

1918 to 1922 (29 MPs)[edit]

  Irish Unionist then Ulster Unionist   Independent Unionist   Labour Unionist   Sinn Féin

Constituency 1918 19 19 21 21 21 22 22 22 22
East Antrim R McCalmont Hanna
Mid Antrim H O'Neill
North Antrim Kerr-Smiley
South Antrim Craig
Mid Armagh Lonsdale Armstrong
North Armagh Allen
South Armagh Donnelly
Belfast Pottinger Dixon
Belfast Duncairn Carson McConnell
Belfast Cromac Lindsay
Belfast Falls Devlin
Belfast Ormeau Moles
Belfast Shankill McGuffin
Belfast St Anne's Burn
Belfast Victoria Donald
Belfast Woodvale Lynn
Queen's University Whitla
Constituency 1918 19 19 21 21 21 22 22 22 22
East Down Reid
North Down Brown H Wilson Simms
South Down McVeagh
West Down D Wilson Wallace Hayes
Mid Down Craig Sharman-Crawford
North Fermanagh Archdale
South Fermanagh O'Μahony
Londonderry City MacNeill
North Londonderry Anderson Barrie Macnaghten
South Londonderry Henry Chichester Pain
Tyrone North-East Harbison
Tyrone North-West Griffith
South Tyrone Coote
Constituency 1918 19 19 21 21 21 22 22 22 22

1922 to 1950 (13 MPs)[edit]

  Ulster Unionist   Ulster Progressive Unionist   Independent Unionist   New Party   Northern Ireland Labour   Independent Labour   Federation of Labour   Irish Labour   Nationalist Party

Constituency 1922 1923 1924 29 1929 31 1931 34 1935 38 39 40 43 43 1945 46 48 49
Antrim
(Two members)
Craig McConnell Campbell Haughton
O'Neill
Armagh Allen Harden
Belfast East Dixon Harland Cole
Belfast North McConnell Somerset Neill
Belfast South Moles Stewart Gage
Belfast West Lynn Allen Browne Beattie
Down
(Two members)
Reid Little Mullan
Simms Vane-Tempest-Stewart Smiles
Fermanagh and Tyrone
(Two members)
Harbison Pringle Harbison Healy Cunningham
Healy Falls Devlin Stewart Mulvey
Londonderry Macnaghten Ross
Queen's University of Belfast Whitla Sinclair Savory

1950 to 1983 (12 MPs)[edit]

Periodic boundary reviews commenced in 1947.[4][5] The elections at which these were implemented are tagged with diamond suit characters, ♦.

Unionist parties

  Ulster Unionist   Protestant Unionist (pre-1971) / Democratic Unionist (post-1971)   Vanguard Unionist / United Ulster Unionist (Mid Ulster, 1975-83)   Conservative Party   Independent Unionist   Ulster Popular Unionist

Nationalist parties

  Independent Republican   Unity   Nationalist Party   Anti H-Block (pre-1982) / Sinn Féin (post-1982)   Irish Labour   Republican Labour   Social Democratic and Labour

Other

  Alliance   Independent

Constituency GE 50 51 GE 51 52 53 54 GE 1955 57 59 GE 59 63 GE 1964 GE 66 69 GE 70 70 71 72 73 GE Feb 74  GE Oct 74 75 77 78 GE 79 80 Apr 81 Aug 81 82
Antrim N H. O'Neill P. O'Neill Clark Paisley
Antrim S Savory Cunningham Molyneaux
Armagh Harden Armstrong Maginnis McCusker
Belfast E McKibbin McMaster Craig Robinson
Belfast N Hyde Mills Carson McQuade
Belfast S Gage Campbell Pounder Bradford Smyth
Belfast W Teevan3 Beattie McLaughlin Kilfedder Fitt
Down N Smiles Ford Currie Kilfedder
Down S Orr Powell
Ferm. & S Tyr. Healy Grosvenor1 Hamilton McManus West Maguire Sands Carron
Londonderry Ross Wellwood Chichester-Clark Ross
Mid Ulster Mulvey O'Neill Forrest2 Devlin Dunlop

Notes:

  1. The constituency was won by Philip Clarke of Sinn Féin, but he was unseated on petition on the basis that his criminal conviction (for Irish Republican Army activity) made him ineligible. Instead, the seat was awarded to the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) candidate.
  2. The seat was originally won by Tom Mitchell of Sinn Féin, but Mitchell was subsequently unseated upon petition, on the grounds that his terrorist convictions made him ineligible to sit in Parliament. The seat was awarded to Charles Beattie of the UUP. However, Beattie in turn was also found ineligible to sit due to holding an office of profit under the crown, triggering a further by-election.
  3. Original winner of the 1950 election in that seat, James Godfrey MacManaway (UUP), disqualified due to being a clergyman. Teevan won the subsequent by-election

1983 to present (17, then 18 MPs)[edit]

  Democratic Unionist   Sinn Féin   Social Democratic and Labour   Ulster Unionist   Alliance Party   Independent   Ulster Popular Unionist   UK Unionist Party

Constituency 1983 86 1987 90 1992 95 1997 00 2001 04 2005 10 2010 11 13 2015 2017
Antrim East Beggs Wilson
Antrim North Paisley Paisley Jr
Antrim South Forsythe McCrea Burnside McCrea Kinahan Girvan
Upper Bann McCusker Trimble Simpson
Belfast East P Robinson Long G Robinson
Belfast North Walker Dodds
Belfast South Smyth1 McDonnell Pengelly
Belfast West Adams Hendron Adams Maskey
Down North Kilfedder McCartney Hermon
Down South Powell McGrady Ritchie Hazzard
Fermanagh and South Tyrone Maginnis Gildernew Elliott Gildernew
Foyle Hume Durkan McCallion
Lagan Valley Molyneaux Donaldson
Londonderry East Ross Campbell
Newry and Armagh Nicholson Mallon Murphy Brady
Strangford Taylor I Robinson Shannon
West Tyrone Thompson Doherty McElduff
Mid Ulster McCrea McGuinness Molloy

2018 Review[edit]

As part of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, in September 2016 the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland published the following 17 proposed constituencies. It is due to submit a final report to the Secretary of State on 1 October 2018, following a public consultation period.[6] Locations are given for constituencies with novel names.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FAQs". Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Assembly Members (Reduction of Numbers) Act (Northern Ireland) 2016". Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "UK Parliamentary Election 2017 – Results". Electoral Office of Northern Ireland. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Uberoi, Elise; White, Isobel. "Constituency boundary reviews and the number of MPs". 
  5. ^ White, Isobel. "Parliamentary constituency boundaries: the Fifth Periodical Review". 
  6. ^ 2018 Review Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland