Belfast North (Assembly constituency)

Belfast North is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Belfast North
Northern Ireland Assembly
Parliamentary Constituency
North Belfast shown within Northern Ireland
Current constituency
Created1973
Seats5 (1982–1998, 2017–present)
6 (1973–1982, 1998–2017)
MLAs
City councilBelfast City Council

It was first used for a Northern Ireland-only election in 1973, which elected the then Northern Ireland Assembly. It usually shares boundaries with the Belfast North UK Parliament constituency. However, the boundaries of the two constituencies were slightly different from 1973 to 1974, 1983 to 1986 and 2010 to 2011 (because the Assembly boundaries had not caught up with Parliamentary boundary changes) and from 1996 to 1997, when members of the Northern Ireland Forum had been 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.

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 Belfast North (UK Parliament constituency).