South Down by-election, 1986

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South Down
by-election, 1986
United Kingdom
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South Down constituency
  First party Second party
  Enoch Powell No image.png
Candidate Enoch Powell Eddie McGrady
Party UUP SDLP
Popular vote 24,963 23,121
Percentage 48.4% 44.8
Swing Increase8.1 Increase5.5%

SouthDownConstituency.svg
Location of South Down within Northern Ireland

MP before election

Enoch Powell
Ulster Unionist Party

Elected MP

Enoch Powell
Ulster Unionist Party

The South Down by-election of 1986 was part of a co-ordinated series of by-elections aimed to show opposition to the Anglo Irish agreement. It resulted in the narrow victory of the incumbent Ulster Unionist Party, Enoch Powell, who increased his majority by 1,294 votes despite rising support for Irish Nationalist candidates. His opponent Eddie McGrady would later take the seat in the 1987 general election.

South Down by-election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Enoch Powell 24,963 48.4 +8.1
SDLP Eddie McGrady 23,121 44.8 +5.5
Sinn Féin Hugh McDowell 2,963 5.7 -2.2
Workers' Party Sean Magee 522 1.0 -0.7
Majority 1,842 3.6 +2.5
Turnout 51,569
UUP hold Swing

Previous result[edit]

General Election 1983: South Down[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Enoch Powell 20,693 40.3
SDLP Eddie McGrady 20,145 39.3
Sinn Féin Patrick Fitzsimmons 4,074 7.9
DUP Cecil Harvey 3,743 7.3
Alliance Patrick Forde 1,823 3.6
Workers' Party Margaret Magee 851 1.7
Majority 548 1.1
Turnout 51,329 77.7
UUP hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.