1992 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland


The 1992 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland was held on 9 April with 17 MPs elected in single-seat constituencies using first-past-the-post as part of the wider general election in the United Kingdom. 1,124,900 people were eligible to vote, up 34,511 from the 1987 general election. 70.02% of eligible voters turned out, down 2.6 percentage points from the last general election.[1]

1992 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

 1987 9 April 1992 1997 

17 seats in Northern Ireland of the 650 seats in the House of Commons
Turnout70.0% ()
  First party Second party
 
Leader James Molyneaux John Hume
Party UUP SDLP
Leader since 1979 6 May 1979
Leader's seat Lagan Valley Foyle
Seats won 9 4
Seat change 2
Popular vote 271,049 154,087
Percentage 34.5% 21.1%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Ian Paisley James Kilfedder
Party DUP UPUP
Leader since 1971 1980
Leader's seat North Antrim North Down
Seats won 3 1
Seat change
Popular vote 85,642 19,305
Percentage 11.7% 2.5%

Results


The Conservative Party, now led by John Major as prime minister, won another term in government. In Northern Ireland, the only change was between the nationalist parties, with Sinn Féin losing its seat in Belfast West to the SDLP. The SDLP's four seats was and still is its best-ever result.

Results[2][3]
Party MPs Votes
No. Change No. % Change
UUP 9 271,049 34.5% 2.3
SDLP 4 1 184,445 23.5% 2.4
DUP 3 103,039 13.1% 1.4
UPUP 1 19,305 2.5%
Sinn Féin 0 1 78,291 10.0% 3.4
Alliance 0 68,665 8.7% 1.3
NI Conservatives 0 44,608 5.7% 5.7
Workers' Party 0 4,359 0.5% 2.1
Natural Law 0 New 2,147 0.2% New
New Agenda 0 New 2,133 0.2% New
Labour and Trade Union 0 1,264 0.2% 0.2
Independent 0 5,788 0.8%
Total 17 785,093 100

MPs elected


Constituency Party MP
East Antrim UUP Roy Beggs
North Antrim DUP Ian Paisley
South Antrim UUP Clifford Forsythe
Belfast East DUP Peter Robinson
Belfast North UUP Cecil Walker
Belfast South UUP Martin Smyth
Belfast West SDLP Joe Hendron
North Down UPUP Jim Kilfedder
South Down SDLP Eddie McGrady
Fermanagh and South Tyrone UUP Ken Maginnis
Foyle SDLP John Hume
Lagan Valley UUP James Molyneaux
East Londonderry UUP William Ross
Mid Ulster DUP William McCrea
Newry and Armagh SDLP Seamus Mallon
Strangford UUP John Taylor
Upper Bann UUP David Trimble

By-elections

ConstituencyDateIncumbentPartyWinnerPartyCause
North Down 15 June 1995[4] Jim Kilfedder UPUP Robert McCartney UK Unionist Death

References


  1. "UK Parliamentary Election 1992- Turnout". EONI. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  2. "Elections to the United Kingdom Parliament held in Northern Ireland: General Election 9 April 1992". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  3. "Westminster election, 9 April 1987". ARK: Northern Ireland Elections. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  4. "The 1995 North Down by-election". ARK: Northern Ireland Elections. Retrieved 5 May 2019.