Newry and Armagh by-election, 1986
Nicholson, along with all sitting Unionist MPs, resigned their Westminster seats in December 1985, to highlight their opposition to the Anglo-Irish Agreement and to use the resultant by-elections to campaign on the issue.
The poll was held on 23 January 1986, and was unusual for a by-election in the turnout being higher than for the preceding General Election, however Nicholson was not re-elected, losing his seat to the nationalist SDLP candidate Seamus Mallon. Nicholson also failed to recapture the seat at the following general election.
|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|
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