North Antrim (Assembly constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°57′50″N 6°10′26″W / 54.964°N 6.174°W / 54.964; -6.174

North Antrim
Northern Ireland Assembly
Parliamentary Constituency
NorthAntrimConstituency.svg
North Antrim shown within Northern Ireland
Current constituency
Created 1973
Seats 6 (1996–2016)
5 (2017–)
MLAs
Districts Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
EP constituency Northern Ireland

North Antrim (Irish: Aontroim Thuaidh, Ulster Scots: North Anthrim) 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 North 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.

In 1996 members of the Northern Ireland Forum were 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. However the boundaries of North Antrim were not changed in the 1996–1997 redistribution.

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 North Antrim (UK Parliament constituency).

Members[edit]

Election MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
1973 John O'Hagan
(SDLP)
Hugh Wilson
(Alliance Party)
7 seats
1973-1982
William Craig
(Vanguard)
John Baxter
(UUP)
David McCarthy
(UUP)
James Craig
(DUP)
Ian Paisley
(DUP)
1974 by-election Clifford Smyth
(DUP)
1975 John Turnley
(SDLP)
William Wright
(Vanguard)
David Allen
(Vanguard)
Ken McFaul
(DUP)
1982 Sean Farren
(SDLP)
Seán Neeson
(Alliance Party)
Joe Gaston
(UUP)
Roy Beggs
(UUP)
Cecil Cousley
(DUP)
Jim Allister
(DUP)
Jack McKee
(DUP)
1996 5 seats
1996-1998
Robert Coulter
(UUP)
5 seats
1996-1998
Ian Paisley Jr
(DUP)
1998 6 seats
1998-present
James Leslie
(UUP)
6 seats
1998-present
Gardiner Kane
(DUP)
2003 Phillip McGuigan
(Sinn Féin)
Mervyn Storey
(DUP)
2007 Declan O'Loan
(SDLP)
Daithí McKay
(Sinn Féin)
June 2010
co-option
Paul Frew
(DUP)
2011 Jim Allister
(TUV)
Robin Swann
(UUP)
David McIlveen
(DUP)
2016 Phillip Logan
(DUP)
August 2016
co-option
Phillip McGuigan
(Sinn Féin)
2017 5 seats
2017-present
5 seats
2017-present
5 seats
2017-present

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.

Elections[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly[edit]

2017[edit]

2017 Assembly election: North Antrim - 5 seats[1]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Sinn Féin Phillip McGuigan 15.8 7,600 7,601 7,729 7,769 7,960 9,780
UUP Robin Swann 12.5 6,022 6,032 6,049 6,127 6,966 8,413
TUV Jim Allister 12.9 6,214 6,215 6,229 7,564 7,679 7,834 7,989
DUP Paul Frew 14.5 6,975 6,977 6,984 7,055 7,135 7,199 7,231
DUP Mervyn Storey 14.3 6,857 6,863 6,868 6,896 6,965 7,013 7,066
DUP Philip Logan 11.9 5,708 5,709 5,711 5,776 5,810 5,840 5,860
SDLP Connor Duncan 7.3 3,519 3,527 3,665 3,759 4,992
Alliance Patricia O'Lynn 5.4 2,616 2,655 2,721 3,030
TUV Timothy Gaston 3.1 1,505 1,506 1,509
Green (NI) Mark Bailey 1.1 530 547 580
Independent Republican Monica Digney 0.9 435 454
Independent Adam McBride 0.2 113
Electorate: 76,739   Valid: 48,094   Spoilt: 424 (0.87%)   Quota: 8,016   Turnout: 63.22% (48,518)

2016[edit]

2016 Assembly election: North Antrim - 6 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10
TUV Jim Allister 13.2 5,399 5,410 5,427 5,458 5,788 5,841 7,600
DUP Paul Frew 13.2 5,429 5,435 5,449 5,463 5,654 5,717 5,822 6,095
DUP Mervyn Storey 13.1 5,382 5,395 5,403 5,428 5,481 5,566 5,592 5,710 8,443
DUP Phillip Logan 8.9 3,635 3,642 3,651 3,672 3,724 3,759 3,834 4,131 4,724 7,165.24
UUP Robin Swann 8.7 3,585 3,619 3,644 4,306 4,423 4,776 4,841 5,217 5,420 5,545.44
Sinn Féin Daithi McKay 12.9 5,297 5,302 5,350 5,353 5,374 5,459 5,462 5,466 5,473 5,473.98
SDLP Connor Duncan 7.5 3,093 3,146 3,245 3,247 3,276 3,851 3,857 3,864 3,879 3,886.84
DUP David McIlveen 7.8 3,209 3,212 3,213 3,230 3,256 3,273 3,322 3,604
TUV Timothy Gaston 4.8 1,955 1,959 1,965 1,991 2,104 2,123
Alliance Stephen McFarland 3.2 1,318 1,397 1,658 1,671 1,718
UKIP Donna Anderson 2.5 1,027 1,042 1,064 1,070
UUP Andrew Wright 2.0 821 826 831
Green (NI) Jennifer Breslin 1.2 513 593
NI Labour Kathryn Johnston 0.6 243
NI Conservatives James Simpson 0.2 92
Electorate: 78,337   Valid: 40,998   Spoilt: 466 (1.12%)   Quota: 5,857   Turnout: 52.93%

2011[edit]

2011 Assembly election: North Antrim - 6 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9
DUP Paul Frew 16.3 6,581
Sinn Féin Daithi McKay 15.3 6,152
DUP Mervyn Storey 13.3 6,083
DUP David McIlveen 8.1 3,275 3,826 3,832 3,833 3,941 3,974 4,063 6,594
UUP Robin Swann 6.2 2,518 2,547 2,566 2,566 2,829 2,840 4,578 4,991 5,557
TUV Jim Allister 10.1 4,061 4,093 4,656 4,657 4,745 4,759 4,963 5,189 5,430
SDLP Declan O'Loan 9.1 3,682 3,689 3,689 4,036 4,639 4,641 4,745 4,798 4,816
DUP Evelyne Robinson 8.1 3,256 3,381 3,405 3,406 3,539 3,754 3,990
UUP Bill Kennedy 5.4 2,189 2,207 2,237 2,241 2,564 2,583
Alliance Jayne Dunlop 4.6 1,848 1,860 1,868 1,883
TUV Audrey Patterson 1.7 668 670
Electorate: 74,760   Valid: 40,313   Spoilt: 670 (1.63%)   Quota: 5,760   Turnout: 54.82%

2007[edit]

2007 Assembly election: North Antrim - 6 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10
DUP Ian Paisley 17.4 7,716
Sinn Féin Daithi McKay 15.9 7,065
DUP Ian Paisley Jr 13.8 6,106 7,264.04
UUP Robert Coulter 11.4 5,047 5,065.87 5,088.36 5,090.45 5,133.60 5,542.66 6,578.66
DUP Mervyn Storey 11.7 5,171 5,251.24 5,946.87 5,947.20 6,023.90 6,070.76 6,186.83 6,923.83
SDLP Declan O'Loan 7.4 3,281 3,282.36 3,282.62 3,583.36 3,755.17 3,955.91 4,001.13 4,060.82 4,071.82 6,498.23
DUP Deirdre Nelson 6.2 2,740 2,762.95 2,891.78 2,894.42 2,953.20 2,987.04 3,042.71 3,534.80 4,044.80 4,091.99
SDLP Orla Black 4.8 2,129 2,130.02 2,130.80 2,411.19 2,536.83 2,764.85 2,803.26 2,838.63 2,844.63
UK Unionist Lyle Cubitt 4.2 1,848 1,858.54 1,874.53 1,874.64 1,971.35 2,052.11 2,148.85
UUP Robin Swann 2.9 1,281 1,289.67 1,298.25 1,298.69 1,311.80 1,466.24
Alliance Jayne Dunlop 2.8 1,254 1,255.19 1,257.40 1,267.74 1,298.25
Independent Republican Paul McGlinchey 0.9 383 383 383 482.44
Independent James Gregg 0.7 310 313.23 319.21 320.09
Electorate: 72,814   Valid: 44,331   Spoilt: 324   Quota: 6,334   Turnout: 44,655 (61.3)

2003[edit]

2003 Assembly election: North Antrim - 6 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9
DUP Ian Paisley 19.8 8,732
DUP Ian Paisley Jr 17.9 7,898
UUP Robert Coulter 14.5 6,385
DUP Mervyn Storey 8.2 3,605 5,787.60 7,152.20
Sinn Féin Phillip McGuigan 14.0 6,195 6,195 6,195.20 6,195.20 6,198.20 6,198.26 6,199.46 6,207.94 6,496.94
SDLP Sean Farren 8.3 3,648 3,649.68 3,652.08 3,654.88 3,666.28 3,666.61 3,689.60 3,920.82 5,980.43
UUP James Currie 7.1 3,153 3,247.08 3,320.68 3,598.68 3,676.36 3,735.98 4,041.24 4,975.04 5,049.97
SDLP Declan O'Loan 5.4 2,361 2,362.68 2,363.68 2,365.08 2,374.36 2,374.48 2,381.69 2,515.36
UK Unionist Nathaniel Small 0.9 402 444 505 779.40 824.96 825.60 997.20
Alliance Jayne Dunlop 2.0 867 873.44 883.64 896.64 914.40 915.20 953.14
Independent Gardiner Kane 1.4 623 677.60 703.20 788.20 819.88 820.74
PUP Billy McCaughey 0.5 230 244.84 254.04 297.64
Electorate: 70,489   Valid: 44,099   Spoilt: 533   Quota: 6,300   Turnout: 44,632 (63.3)

1998[edit]

1998 Assembly election: North Antrim - 6 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11 Count 12
DUP Ian Paisley 21.3 10,590
DUP Ian Paisley Jr 9.0 4,459 7,551.10
SDLP Sean Farren 12.9 6,433 6,433.99 6,434.23 6,479.23 6,662.27 8,300.27
UUP Robert Coulter 10.9 5,407 5,440.99 5,451.27 5,501.82 5,636.24 5,644.24 5,660.39 6,760.58 6,797.98 7,832.98
UUP James Leslie 7.0 3,458 3,480.11 3,486.95 3,509.55 3,702.17 3,713.50 3,733.05 4,465.62 4,473.87 5,335.74 5,991.09 7,580.09
DUP Gardiner Kane 7.3 3,638 3,776.93 4,053.73 4,107.23 4,242.28 4,247.69 4,249.39 4,285.12 4,290.16 4,327.91 4,344.06 5,818.10
Sinn Féin James McCarry 4.1 2,024 2,024 2,024.24 2,044.28 2,200.28 2,379.28 2,815.33 2,837.28 4,892.88 5,135.68 5,144.18 5,153.98
Independent Unionist William Wright 6.6 3,297 3,415.80 3,461 3,515.22 3,730.24 3,731.28 3,733.83 3,791.25 3,792.95 3,955.60 4,002.35
Alliance Jayne Dunlop 4.6 2,282 2,285.63 2,287.19 2,331.92 2,456.03 2,523.03 2,870.68 3,031.60 3,146.70
Sinn Féin Joe Cahill 4.1 2,021 2,021 2,021.04 2,025.04 2,079.04 2,157.04 2,488.54 2,496.24
UUP Patricia Campbell 4.4 2,199 2,207.58 2,210.78 2,226.56 2,350.95 2,361.95 2,401.90
SDLP Malachy McCamphill 4.0 1,982 1,982.99 1,983.27 2,002.31 2,075.31
PUP Richard Rodgers 1.3 641 648.59 653.15 666.49
Independent Republican Oliver McMullan 1.0 478 478.33 478.49 502.49
Ulster Democratic Maurice McAllister 0.8 400 414.85 419.85 422.08
Independent Chris McCaughan 0.4 194 195.32 195.84
Natural Law John Wright 0.3 156 171.51 179.03
Independent Thomas Palmer 0.1 38 39.98 44.06
Electorate: 73,247   Valid: 49,697   Spoilt: 864   Quota: 7,100   Turnout: 50,561 (69.0)

1996 Forum[edit]

Successful candidates are shown in bold.[2]

Party Candidate(s) Votes Percentage
DUP Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley Jr
Gardiner Kane
Samuel McConaghie
Maurice Mills
16,448 37.0
UUP Robert Coulter
Joe Gaston
William Wright
James Leslie
James Simpson
11,195 25.2
SDLP Sean Farren
Dick Kerr
Patrick McAvoy
Malachy McCamphill
Malachy McSparran
7,185 16.1
Sinn Féin James McCarry
Christine McAuley
2,579 5.8
Alliance David Alderdice
Gareth Williams
2,518 5.6
UK Unionist Harry Gordon
Laura Lyle
1,185 2.7
Ulster Democratic Kenneth Blair
Winston McConnell
768 1.7
Independent McMullan Oliver McMullan
John Robb
670 1.5
PUP Mervyn Craig
Alan Elder
665 1.5
NI Women's Coalition Teresa Godfrey
Irene Leacock
Carol Nevin
272 0.6
NI Conservatives Elizabeth Armstrong
Mary Noble
259 0.6
Labour coalition Robert Margrain
Benjamin Adams
Mark McKavanagh
Niall Mulholland
187 0.4
Ulster Independence Agnes McLeister
Ivan McLaughlan
167 0.5
Green (NI) Maria McAllister
Graham Gingles
Roger Frew
150 0.4
Democratic Partnership Christopher McCaughan
Paul Cunningham
114 0.3
Workers' Party Rosemary McBride
Pat Scullion
60 0.1
Democratic Left Alan Darnbrook
Colm McGinn
40 0.1
Natural Law Francis Chalmers
John Wright
14 0.0
Independent Chambers Ryan Hay
Jean Arbuthnot
13 0.0

1982 Assembly Election[edit]

1982 Assembly election: North Antrim - 8 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11
DUP Ian Paisley 15.3 9,231
DUP Jim Allister 9.6 5,835 7,113
UUP Joe Gaston 9.7 5,856 5,996 6,251 6,273 6,296 7,669
SDLP Sean Farren 8.3 5,006 5,007 5,050 5,050 5,142 5,146 5,146 8,175
Alliance Sean Neeson 5.4 3,258 3,273 3,384 3,385 5,279 5,311 5,331 5,505 6,830
DUP Jack McKee 7.5 4,515 4,857 4,922 5,295 5,306 5,324 5,332 5,344 5,345 7,872
UUP Roy Beggs 8.1 4,885 4,977 5,075 5,087 5,180 5,763 6,480 6,489 6,498 6,586
DUP Cecil Cousley 6.8 4,133 4,543 4,675 4,778 4,786 4,974 5,032 5,040 5,049 5,540 6,835
UUP Charles Brown 6.0 3,606 3,641 3,698 3,703 3,758 4,227 4,563 4,564 4,573 4,815 4,885
DUP Ken McFaul 5.3 3,153 3,340 3,385 3,440 3,448 3,474 3,481 3,487 3,493
SDLP Michael O'Cleary 5.5 3,321 3,323 3,357 3,357 3,374 3,374 3,374
UUP David Burnside 4.2 2,542 2,591 2,719 2,724 2,756
Alliance Thomas Benson 3.6 2,170 2,174 2,260 2,261
UUUP Robert Glass 0.7 444 486
Independent Unionist Price McConaghy 0.6 357 380
Ecology Malcolm Samuel 0.5 295 297
Electorate: 104,683   Valid: 60,510   Spoilt: 1,543 (2.49%)   Quota: 6,512   Turnout: 62,053 (59.28%)

1975 Constitutional Convention[edit]

1975 Constitutional Convention: North Antrim - 8 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11 Count 12
DUP Ian Paisley 31.1 19,335
DUP Ken McFaul 12.3 7,658 11,454.20
DUP Clifford Smyth 9.3 5,806 10,640.80
Alliance Hugh Wilson 7.4 4,601 4,691.60 4,720.40 4,757.06 5,764.62 5,964.79 6,007.79 6,098.90 8,243.90
SDLP John Turnley 7.9 4,888 4,901.80 4,909.60 4,913.11 5,030.31 5,032.31 5,967.11 5,985.48 6,012.08 9,240.08
Vanguard William Wright 4.4 2,761 3,469 5,030.80 6,081.85 6,087.85 6,121.79 6,126.77 6,721.76 6,946.98 6,970.18 7,001.18 7,096.04
Vanguard David Allen 3.6 2,268 3,044.40 4,017.60 4,964.52 4,978.48 5,032.54 5,038.91 5,416.52 5,939.96 5,972.35 6,016.35 6,113.69
UUP Adam Erwin 2.8 1,751 2,141.60 2,654 3,087.29 3,099.87 3,153.36 3,156.96 4,712.67 5,669.62 5,722.81 5,794.81 6,066.37
SDLP Denis Haughey 5.4 3,371 3,375.20 3,378.80 3,379.58 3,434.17 3,439.37 4,781.17 4,786.97 4,817.57
Unionist Party NI Iris Agnew 5.0 3,138 3,256.80 3,309.60 3,370.83 3,398.61 4,459.48 4,464.08 4,593.92
UUP William Rainey 2.6 1,587 2,204.40 2,540.40 2,825.49 2,838.07 2,935.82 2,940.42
SDLP James McClements 3.7 2,318 2,324 2,326.40 2,328.74 2,375.13 2,376.73
Unionist Party NI Samuel Murphy 2.3 1,425 1,497.60 1,528.20 1,553.94 1,580.93
Alliance Maurice McHenry 2.1 1,311 1,338 1,348.20 1,356.78
Electorate: 103,469   Valid: 62,218   Spoilt: 866   Quota: 7,778   Turnout: 63,064 (60.9%)

1974 by-election to the 1973 Assembly[edit]

1974 by-election: North Antrim - 1 seat
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1
DUP Clifford Smyth 61.8 29,739
SDLP John Turnley 21.6 10,421
UUP Iris Agnew 11.5 5,546
Alliance Jack Fawcett 5.0 2,430
Electorate: 104,168   Valid: 48,136   Spoilt: 0   Quota: 24,069   Turnout: 48,136 (46.7%)

1973[edit]

1973 Assembly election: North Antrim - 7 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref 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
DUP Ian Paisley 20.4 14,553
UUP John Baxter 12.6 9,009
Vanguard William Craig 12.0 8,538 10,025.07
SDLP John O'Hagan 8.7 6,204 6,209.07 6,209.65 6,217.65 6,217.71 6,217.71 6,549.81 6,714.40 6,715.42 6,826.59 6,827.59 11,100.59
Alliance Hugh Wilson 4.0 2,876 2,896.28 2,900.34 2,914.34 2,915.65 2,931.26 3,252.11 4,122.84 4,132.58 6,431.23 6,593.65 6,938.76 8,666.76
UUP David McCarthy 7.2 5,125 5,269.69 5,322.18 5,330.96 5,384.27 5,401.75 5,450.66 5,462.32 5,553.90 5,617.61 6,930.92 6,936.31 6,946.31 11,704.31
DUP James Craig 5.4 3,871 5,117.83 5,415.08 5,419.83 5,421.58 5,532.83 5,548.30 5,562.09 6,537.82 6,553.08 6,772.11 6,774.50 6,776.50 7,082.15 7,829.15
DUP Clifford Smyth 3.6 2,572 4,749.76 5,087.90 5,090.87 5,092.72 5,296.62 5,320.43 5,332.07 6,008.13 6,022.89 6,117.67 6,118.68 6,121.68 6,334.63 6,828.63
UUP Trevor Strain 5.5 3,937 4,049.71 4,074.94 4,076.94 4,085.96 4,093.95 4,119.72 4,129.24 4,168.98 4,198.15 5,895.28 5,903.28 5,909.28
SDLP John Turnley 6.1 4,376 4,379.12 4,379.12 4,381.12 4,381.16 4,381.45 4,522.85 4,603.25 4,605.25 4,748.66 4,751.14
UUP Samuel Steele 4.6 3,294 3,358.74 3,377.88 3,381.88 3,394.81 3,427.19 3,459.73 3,473.18 3,533.35 3,589.79
Alliance Phelim O'Neill 2.4 1,701 1,713.87 1,715.03 1,717.03 1,718 1,721.29 2,095.67 2,868.38 2,878.83
Vanguard David Burnside 2.1 1,505 1,634.48 1,840.38 1,850.45 1,855.43 2,029.44 2,039.92 2,045.99
Alliance William Kelly 2.3 1,672 1,685.26 1,688.74 1,720.13 1,720.96 1,732.30 1,997.08
NI Labour Patrick McHugh 1.2 830 840.14 841.88 989.22 989.43 994.22
Alliance James Miller 0.9 651 671.67 676.60 680.60 681.46 682.24
Vanguard Thomas Seymour 0.4 315 478.80 606.11 609.11 609.58
NI Labour Robert Binnie 0.3 240 246.24 247.69
Electorate: 99,635   Valid: 71,249   Spoilt: 1,040   Quota: 8,907   Turnout: 72,289 (72.6%)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statement of Persons Nominated". EONI. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  2. ^ 1996 Candidates – North Antrim, Northern Ireland Elections