Newry and Armagh (UK Parliament constituency)
|Newry and Armagh|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Newry and Armagh in Northern Ireland.
|Member of parliament||Mickey Brady (Sinn Féin)|
|European Parliament constituency||Northern Ireland|
1983–1997: The District of Newry and Mourne wards of Ballybot, Belleek, Bessbrook, Camlough, Creggan, Crossmaglen, Daisy Hill, Derrymore, Drumalane, Drumgullion, Fathom, Forkhill, Newtownhamilton, St Mary's, St Patrick's, Tullyhappy, and Windsor Hill; and the District of Armagh.
1997–present: The District of Newry and Mourne wards of Ballybot, Bessbrook, Camlough, Creggan, Crossmaglen, Daisy Hill, Derrymore, Drumgullion, Drumalane, Fathom, Forkhill, Newtownhamilton, Silver Bridge, St Mary's, St Patrick's, Tullyhappy, and Windsor Hill; and the District of Armagh.
The seat was created in boundary changes in 1983, as part of an expansion of Northern Ireland's constituencies from 12 to 17, and was predominantly made up from the old Armagh constituency with the addition of Newry town from the old South Down constituency. In 1995, the Boundary Commission originally proposed to abolish the seat with the Armagh district joining most of Dungannon in a new 'Blackwater' constituency with the rest becoming part of a new Newry and Mourne constituency. This was strongly opposed during the local enquiries and the eventual boundary review left the seat unchanged. It contains the entirety of Armagh district and the Newry half of Newry and Mourne district.
For the history of the equivalent constituency prior to 1983, please see Armagh.
The constituency is overwhelmingly nationalist, though initially on its creation in 1983 Jim Nicholson of the Ulster Unionist Party won the seat due to the nationalist vote being divided between the Social Democratic and Labour Party and Sinn Féin. In 1986 Nicholson, along with all the other unionist MPs, resigned his seat in protest over the Anglo Irish Agreement and stood in a by-election to provide voters the opportunity to decide on it. However the nationalist parties contested the seat and Seamus Mallon of the SDLP gained sufficient votes to outpoll Nicholson and win the seat. Mallon held it until his retirement in 2005.
The unionist vote in the constituency has declined somewhat in recent years, with the shift being more marked as both the Ulster Unionist Party and the Democratic Unionist Party now stand. The main attention has been upon the rise of the Sinn Féin vote. In the 2001 they surged forward, cutting Mallon's majority drastically, as well as heavily outpolling the SDLP in the equivalent area local elections held on the same day. Then in the 2003 Assembly election Sinn Féin won three seats to the SDLP's one. Mallon stood down at the 2005 general election and, as widely predicted, the seat fell to Sinn Féin.
Members of Parliament
|1983||Jim Nicholson||Ulster Unionist|
|1986 by-election||Seamus Mallon||SDLP|
|2005||Conor Murphy||Sinn Féin|
|2015||Mickey Brady||Sinn Féin|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Newry and Armagh|
|Sinn Féin||Mickey Brady||20,488||41.1||-0.9|
|NI Conservatives||Robert Rigby||210||0.4||+0.4|
|Sinn Féin hold||Swing||-7.2|
|General Election 2010: Newry and Armagh|
|Sinn Féin||Conor Murphy||18,857||42.0||-0.9|
|Sinn Féin hold||Swing||+1.2|
|General Election 2005: Newry and Armagh|
|Sinn Féin||Conor Murphy||20,965||41.4||+10.5|
|Sinn Féin gain from SDLP||Swing||+11.3|
|General Election 2001: Newry and Armagh|
|Sinn Féin||Conor Murphy||17,209||30.9||+9.9|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Newry and Armagh|
|Sinn Féin||Patrick D. McNamee||11,218||21.1||+8.6|
|Alliance||Pete W.R. Whitcroft||1,015||1.9||+0.0|
|Natural Law||David Evans||123||0.2||N/A|
1997 Changes are compared to the 1992 notional results shown below.
|Notional 1992 UK General Election Result: Newry and Armagh|
|General Election 1992: Newry and Armagh|
|Sinn Féin||Brendan P. Curran||6,547||12.5||+0.7|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Newry and Armagh|
|UUP||James Frederick Nicholson||19,812||37.9||−2.1|
|Sinn Féin||Jim McAllister||6,173||11.8||−9.1|
|Alliance||William Henry Jeffrey||664||1.3||N/A|
|Workers' Party||Gerard O'Hanlon||482||0.9||−1.4|
|SDLP gain from UUP||Swing||+6.7|
|Newry and Armagh by-election 1986|
|UUP||James Frederick Nicholson||20,111||40.3||+0.2|
|Sinn Féin||Jim McAllister||6,609||13.2||−7.7|
|Workers' Party||Patrick McCusker||515||1.0||−1.2|
|SDLP gain from UUP||Swing||+4.2|
|General Election 1983: Newry and Armagh|
|UUP||James Frederick Nicholson||18,988||40.0||N/A|
|Sinn Féin||Jim McAllister||9,928||20.9||N/A|
|Workers' Party||Thomas O. Moore||1,070||2.3||N/A|
|UUP win (new seat)|
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- Statement of Persons Nominated
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.