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
Seats6 (1998–2016)
5 (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).

Members


Election MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
1973 Gerry Fitt
(SDLP)
Lloyd Hall-Thompson
(UUP/UPNI)
John Ferguson
(Alliance Party)
William Morgan
(UUP)
Frank Millar
(UUP/Independent Unionist)
John McQuade
(DUP)
1975 Billy Bell
(UUP)
William Annon
(DUP)
1982 Paschal O'Hare
(SDLP)
5 seats
1982-1998
Paul Maguire
(Alliance Party)
John Carson
(UUP)
George Seawright
(DUP)
1996 Gerry Kelly
(Sinn Féin)
Alban Maginness
(SDLP)
David Browne
(UUP)
Billy Snoddy
(DUP)
Nigel Dodds
(DUP)
1998 Billy Hutchinson
(PUP)
Fred Cobain
(UUP)
Fraser Agnew
(Independent
Unionist
)
2003 Kathy Stanton
(Sinn Féin)
Nelson McCausland
(DUP)
2007 Carál Ní Chuilín
(Sinn Féin)
September 2010
co-option
William Humphrey
(DUP)
2011 Paula Bradley
(DUP)
2016 Nichola Mallon
(SDLP)
2017 5 seats
2017-

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


Northern Ireland Assembly

2017
2017 Assembly election: Belfast North – 5 Seats[1]
PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7
DUP Paula Bradley 11.7 4,835 4,843 4,865 5,236 6,002 8,458
DUP William Humphrey 10.6 4,418 4,423 4,429 4,937 5,260 7,276
SDLP Nichola Mallon 13.1 5,431 5,573 6,076 6,125 6,662 6,692 6,806
Sinn Féin Gerry Kelly 15.1 6,275 6,329 6,572 6,582 6,591 6,593 6,595
Sinn Féin Carál Ní Chuilín 14.3 5,929 5,983 6,151 6,155 6,158 6,158 6,164
Alliance Nuala McAllister 8.4 3,487 3,799 4,354 4,515 5,257 5,296 5,608
DUP Nelson McCausland 9.8 4,056 4,069 4,079 4,372 4,709
UUP Robert Foster 5.8 2,418 2,457 2,517 3,141
PUP Julie-Anne Corr-Johnston 4.9 2,053 2,103 2,174
People Before Profit Fiona Ferguson 3.8 1,559 1,849
Green (NI) Malachai O'Hara 1.7 711
Workers' Party Gemma Weir 0.6 248
Independent Adam Millar 0.2 66
Electorate: 68,187   Valid: 41,486   Spoilt: 633 (1.50%)   Quota: 6,915   Turnout: 42,119 (61.77%)
    2016
    2016 Assembly election: Belfast North – 6 Seats[2][3]
    PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11
    Sinn Féin Gerry Kelly 15.6 5,695
    DUP Paula Bradley 12.6 4,591 4,591.72 4,598.72 4,600.72 4,607.72 4,658.72 4,883.72 4,897.72 5,053.72 5,080.80 5,908.88
    DUP William Humphrey 11.2 4,105 4,105.16 4,113.16 4,115.16 4,116.24 4,221.24 4,326.24 4,335.24 4,760.32 4,781.40 5,286.40
    DUP Nelson McCausland 11.2 4,087 4,087.16 4,092.16 4,104.16 4,115.16 4,205.16 4,279.16 4,290.16 4,555.24 4,561.24 4,979.24
    Sinn Féin Carál Ní Chuilín 11.0 4,009 4,358.28 4,360.36 4,391.56 4,436.44 4,436.52 4,438.52 4,545.24 4,547.24 4,904.24 4,911.24
    SDLP Nichola Mallon 10.6 3,866 3,933.44 3,940.52 4,029.32 4,134.12 4,138.36 4,160.44 4,268.84 4,279.92 4,748.48 4,847.48
    Alliance Nuala McAllister 7.0 2,569 2,580.52 2,590.52 2,633.60 2,709.76 2,709.76 2,733.84 3,067 3,091 3,481.64 3,835.80
    UUP Lesley Carroll 5.4 1.972 1,972.32 1,984.32 1,986.32 1,990.32 2,083.32 2,266.32 2,291.32 2,727.32 2,782.32
    People Before Profit Fiona Ferguson 3.5 1,286 1,293.68 1,318.68 1,397.48 1,507.28 1,508.36 1,545.44 1,798.76 1,832.76
    PUP Billy Hutchinson 3.4 1,238 1,238.32 1,240.32 1,244.32 1,251.32 1,340.32 1,509.32 1,523.32
    Green (NI) Malachai O'Hara 2.2 796 798.64 810.64 858.80 960.80 967.80 996.80
    UKIP Ken Boyle 2.1 751 751.24 757.24 764.32 771,32 954.32
    TUV John Miller 1.8 644 644.56 645.56 646.56 650.56
    Workers' Party Gemma Weir 1.3 476 478.80 482.80 520.80
    Independent Fra Hughes 0.7 243 246.44 255.52
    NI Labour Abdo Thabeth 0.3 127 127.40 128.40
    Independent Tom Burns 0.2 87 87.24
    Northern Ireland First Geoff Dowey 0.1 32 32
    Electorate: 70,872   Valid: 36,574   Spoilt: 619 (1.66%)   Quota: 5,225   Turnout: 52.48
      2011
      2011 Assembly election: Belfast North – 6 Seats[4]
      PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7
      Sinn Féin Gerry Kelly 19.9% 6,674
      DUP Nelson McCausland 15.5% 5,200
      SDLP Alban Maginness 12.0% 4,025 4,262 4,357 4,360 4,563 5,004
      Sinn Féin Carál Ní Chuilín 9.0% 2,999 3,939 3,976 3,976 4,061 4,868
      DUP William Humphrey 11.1% 3,724 3,725 3,734 3,999 4,159 4,166 4,332
      DUP Paula Bradley 10.4% 3,488 3,494 3,501 3,592 3,729 3,735 4,065
      UUP Fred Cobain 8.2% 2,758 2,761 2,767 2,804 2,991 2,994 3,623
      Alliance Billy Webb 6.3% 2,096 2,113 2,168 2,173 2,396 2,458
      Sinn Féin J. J. Magee 3.0% 998 1,571 1,611 1,611 1,673
      Independent Raymond McCord 3.5% 1,176 1,206 1,269 1,280
      Workers' Party John Lavery 1.0% 332 363
      Electorate: 68,119   Valid: 33,470   Spoilt: 810 (2.36%)   Quota: 4,782   Turnout: 34,257 (50.29%)
        2007
        2007 Assembly election: Belfast North – 6 Seats
        PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10
        DUP Nigel Dodds 23.5% 6,973
        Sinn Féin Gerry Kelly 18.2% 5,414
        Sinn Féin Carál Ní Chuilín 12.4% 3,680 3,680 4,587
        SDLP Alban Maginness 7.4% 2,212 2,223 2,341 2,482 2,530 2,531 2,806 3,099 4,830
        UUP Fred Cobain 8.4% 2,498 2,767 2,768 2,770 2,778 2,889 3,079 3,415 3,574 3,967
        DUP Nelson McCausland 8.3% 2,462 3,412 3,413 3,413 3,414 3,516 3,560 3,764 3,783 3,818
        DUP William Humphrey 5.6% 1,673 2,996 2,997 2,997 2,999 3,086 3,124 3,287 3,304 3,327
        SDLP Pat Convery 6.3% 1,868 1,873 1,929 2,011 2,029 2,031 2,267 2,485
        Independent Raymond McCord 4.4% 1,320 1,388 1,411 1,462 1,488 1,539 1,745
        Green (NI) Peter Emerson 2.0% 590 606 615 643 702 721
        Alliance Thomas McCullough 1.6% 486 494 497 500 512 525
        UK Unionist Robert McCartney 1.2% 360 414 414 414 416
        Workers' Party John Lavery 0.5% 139 141 152 158
        Make Politicians History Rainbow George 0.1% 40 41 42 44
        Electorate: 49,372   Valid: 29,715   Spoilt: 352 (1.17%)   Quota: 4,246   Turnout: 60.90%
          2003
          2003 Assembly election: Belfast North – 6 Seats
          PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11Count 12
          DUP Nigel Dodds 29.1% 9,276
          Sinn Féin Gerry Kelly 17.5% 5,524
          DUP Nelson McCausland 4.8% 1,500 5,101
          UUP Fred Cobain 9.4% 2,961 3,339 3,339 3,509 3,515 3,539 3,608 3,696 3,902 4,556
          SDLP Alban Maginness 10.1% 3,186 3,199 3,311 3,313 3,324 3,350 3,366 3,437 3,444 3,667 3,675 5,569
          Sinn Féin Kathy Stanton 9.5% 2,990 2,990 3,804 3,804 3,813 3,833 3,838 3,842 3,842 3,895 3,896 4,118
          PUP Billy Hutchinson 4.3% 1,358 1,687 1,688 1,811 1,819 1,836 1,874 1,888 2,087 2,492 2,526 2,605
          SDLP Pat Convery 6.7% 2,108 2,114 2,159 2,161 2,184 2,213 2,228 2,273 2,279 2,480 2,487
          Independent Unionist Fraser Agnew 2.5% 802 1,000 1,000 1,157 1,158 1,168 1,218 1,235 1,335
          NI Women's Coalition Elizabeth McCullough 1.5% 467 478 482 486 498 573 586 694 702
          Independent Frank McCoubrey 1.5% 469 552 552 619 619 621 677 683
          Alliance Marjorie Hawkins 1.0% 305 314 315 318 326 370 383
          Independent Raymond McCord 0.7% 218 285 287 325 330 341
          Green (NI) Peter Emerson 0.8% 261 269 272 278 299
          Workers' Party Marcella Delaney 0.3% 90 91 91 92
          Rainbow Dream Ticket John Gallagher 0.1% 17 20 20 20
          Electorate: 51,353   Valid: 31,532   Spoilt: 465 (1.45%)   Quota: 4,505   Turnout: 62.31%
            1998
            1998 Assembly election: Belfast North – 6 Seats
            PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11
            DUP Nigel Dodds 18.2% 7,476
            SDLP Alban Maginness 15.1% 6,196
            Sinn Féin Gerry Kelly 13.6% 5,610 5,610 5,641 5,710 5,710 5,710 5,719 5,725 5,731 8,793
            PUP Billy Hutchinson 9.1% 3,751 3,832 3,835 3,942 4,013 4,400 4,639 4,928 5,465 5,478 5,516
            UUP Fred Cobain 5.9% 2,415 2,474 2,475 2,509 2,583 2,691 2,863 4,534 5,111 5,111 5,113
            Independent Unionist Fraser Agnew 7.2% 2,976 3,071 3,072 3,102 3,289 3,371 3,529 3,847 4,964 4,965 4,971
            SDLP Martin Morgan 6.0% 2,465 2,465 2,713 2,897 2,898 2,900 3,316 3,340 3,352 3,440 4,682
            Sinn Féin Martina McIlkenny 7.7% 3,165 3,165 3,172 3,198 3,198 3,198 3,209 3,210 3,210
            DUP Eric Smyth 3.1% 1,288 2,382 2,382 2,410 2,853 3,053 3,082 3,185
            UUP David Browne 5.0% 2,064 2,112 2,112 2,155 2,197 2,283 2,552
            Alliance Glyn Roberts 3.1% 1,267 1,273 1,281 1,444 1,456 1,473
            Ulster Democratic John White 2.2% 911 943 943 957 974
            UK Unionist Stephen Cooper 1.8% 748 877 877 900
            Green (NI) Peter Emerson 0.6% 257 260 262
            Labour Party NI Sam McAughtry 0.6% 255 257 262
            Workers' Party Stephen Doran 0.4% 155 156 158
            Natural Law Kevin Blair 0.2% 76 78 79
            Independent Dolores Quinn 0.1% 50 50 51
            Electorate: 62,541   Valid: 41,125   Spoilt: 941 (2.24%)   Quota: 5,876   Turnout: 67.26%

              1996 Forum

              Successful candidates are shown in bold.[5]

              Party Candidate(s) Votes Percentage
              DUP Nigel Dodds
              Billy Snoddy
              David Smylie
              William Henry De Courcy
              7,778 19.2
              Sinn Féin Gerry Kelly
              Joe Austin
              Christine Beattie
              Bobby Lavery
              Eoghan McCormain
              7,681 19.0
              SDLP Alban Maginness
              Martin Morgan
              Geraldine Leonard
              Shelagh McGlade
              Peter Coll
              7,493 18.5
              UUP David Browne
              Fred Cobain
              Nelson McCausland
              Dennis Robinson
              6,938 17.2
              PUP Billy Hutchinson
              Michael Acheson
              Robert Gourley
              3,777 9.3
              Ulster Democratic John White*
              Thomas English
              Thomasena Livingstone
              Patrick Bird
              John English
              1,874 4.6
              Alliance Nicholas Whyte
              Tommy Frazer
              Lindsay Whitcroft
              1,670 4.1
              UK Unionist Derek Peters
              Amy Corry
              1,329 3.3
              Labour coalition Mark Langhammer
              Marion Morrison
              Kevin Lawrence
              Martin Stroud
              John Simpson
              571 1.4
              NI Women's Coalition Brenda Callaghan
              Lynda Walker
              Eileen Calder
              Roisin O'Hagan
              Freda Brown
              486 1.2
              Workers' Party Margaret Smith
              Paul Treanor
              274 0.7
              Green (NI) Peter Emerson
              Rosemary Warren
              265 0.7
              Democratic Left Seamus Lynch
              John McLaughlin
              123 0.4
              Independent Voice Andrew Thompson
              Sarah Thompson
              63 0.2
              Ulster Independence Norman McClelland
              David Kerr
              41 0.1
              Independent McMullan Wesley Holmes
              Helen Craig
              Stanley Simons
              25 0.1
              Independent Chambers Joe Coggle
              Sally Irvine
              21 0.1
              *John White was elected as one of the 20 top-up candidates for Northern Ireland.

              1982 Northern Ireland Assembly

              1982 Assembly election: Belfast North – 5 Seats
              PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11Count 12Count 13Count 14
              UUP John Carson 21.8% 7,798
              DUP George Seawright 13.8% 4,929 5,012 5,026 5,026 5,044 5,076 5,151 5,360 5,673 5,675 6,119
              Independent Unionist Frank Millar 5.7% 2,047 2,285 2,320 2,320 2,341 2,411 2,539 2,813 3,056 3,060 4,101 4,183 6,323
              SDLP Paschal O'Hare 8.9% 3,190 3,191 3,191 3,255 3,291 3,291 3,295 3,296 3,296 4,198 4,202 5,031 5,141 5,079
              Alliance Paul Maguire 7.1% 2,527 2,565 2,569 2,582 2,693 2,699 2,877 2,906 2,936 3,205 3,421 4,326 4,477 4,757
              Sinn Féin Joe Austin 11.3% 4,029 4,029 4,029 4,088 4,102 4,102 4,108 4,108 4,114 4,189 4,189 4,557 4,564 4,573
              DUP William Gaunt 7.3% 2,618 2,731 2,752 2,752 2,764 2,802 2,855 3,023 3,259 3,261 3,647 3,689
              Workers' Party Seamus Lynch 7.0% 2,516 2,526 2,531 2,556 2,635 2,642 2,707 2,718 2,758 2,928 2,962
              UUP Peter Smith 2.8% 984 1,955 1,966 1,967 1,987 2,324 2,413 2,636 2,745 2,745
              SDLP Alban Maginness 3.7% 1,333 1,334 1,335 1,450 1,474 1,474 1,479 1,480 1,483
              Ulster Democratic Sammy Doyle 2.5% 890 939 1,023 1,024 1,030 1,042 1,135 1,187
              UUUP Nelson McCausland 2.4% 858 923 941 941 948 956 1,014
              Independent Billy Boyd 2.1% 745 778 782 783 823 824
              UUP Raymond Trimble 1.0% 369 509 518 519 522
              Ecology Peter Emerson 1.2% 412 423 425 425
              People's Democracy Fergus O'Hare 0.8% 298 298 298
              Ulster Democratic Bill Lavery 0.5% 196 215
              Electorate: 62,391   Valid: 35,739   Spoilt: 941 (3.16%)   Quota: 5,957   Turnout: 59.15%

                1975 Constitutional Convention

                1975 Constitutional Convention: Belfast North - 6 seats
                PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10
                SDLP Gerry Fitt 14.8% 6,454
                UUP Billy Bell 14.4% 6,268
                Independent Unionist Frank Millar 13.0% 5,687 5,687 5,687 5,692 5,683 5,944 6,634
                UUP William Morgan 12.7% 5,558 5,558 5,558 5,570 5,667 5,758 6,223 6,427
                Unionist Party NI Lloyd Hall-Thompson 8.2% 3,577 3,578 3,578 3,602 3,619 3,666 3,742 3,761 4,223 5,870
                DUP William Annon 9.5% 4,132 4,132 4,132 4,138 4,219 4,271 4,972 5,127 5,603 5,800
                SDLP Thomas Donnelly 8.2% 3,596 3,772 3,772 3,794 3,794 4,108 4,111 4,112 4,213 5,124
                Alliance John Ferguson 5.1% 2,207 2,214 2,214 2,604 2,611 2,685 2,706 2,710 3,624
                NI Labour Billy Boyd 4.0% 1,749 1,750 1,750 1,776 1,787 2,360 2,424 2,441
                Vanguard Bill Lavery 4.3% 1,884 1,884 1,884 1,889 1,988 2,057
                NI Labour John Stewart 2.1% 898 899 899 925 948
                Republican Clubs Seamus Lynch 1.3% 556 560 560 561 565
                Independent Unionist Noel Trimble 1.2% 525 525 525 526
                Alliance James Robinson 1.2% 518 519 519
                Electorate: 70,673   Valid: 43,609   Spoilt: 1.130 (2.53%)   Quota: 6,230   Turnout: 63.30%

                  1973 Assembly Election

                  1973 Assembly election: Belfast North - 6 seats
                  PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11Count 12Count 13Count 14Count 15
                  SDLP Gerry Fitt 16.3% 8,264
                  DUP John McQuade 10.1% 5,148 5,148 5,285 5,313 5,316 5,318 5,595 5,612 7,092 7,186 8,845
                  UUP Lloyd Hall-Thompson 11.2% 5,694 5,696 5,706 5,726 5,744 5,745 5,763 5,789 5,824 5,965 6,100 6,180 6,199 9,387
                  UUP William Morgan 10.2% 5,190 5,190 5,197 5,229 5,243 5,244 5,265 5,288 5,352 5,465 5,550 5,680 5,688 6,193 7,273
                  UUP Frank Millar 8.2% 4,187 4,187 4,238 4,253 4,261 4,262 4,330 4,337 4,568 4,621 4,963 5,711 5,723 6,070 6,522
                  Alliance John Ferguson 3.9% 1,958 1,983 1,986 2,024 2,261 2,270 2,272 3,134 3,142 4,172 4,218 4,230 6,048 6,111 6,146
                  UUP Cecil Walker 8.6% 4,354 4,354 4,371 4,415 4,424 4,424 4,432 4,451 4,450 4,698 4,805 4,974 4,994 5,504 6,058
                  UUP Wilson Gamble 8.2% 4,161 4,162 4,166 4,168 4,177 4,178 4,192 4,206 4,226 4,278 4,557 4,667 4,682
                  SDLP Thomas Donnelly 3.7% 1,861 2,673 2,674 2,677 2,688 3,104 3,105 3,155 3,156 3,637 3,667 3,667
                  Vanguard William Baillie 3.7% 1,859 1,860 2,017 2,023 2,024 2,026 2,510 2,513 2,809 2,836
                  NI Labour Vivian Simpson 3.4% 1,742 1,803 1,803 2,111 2,151 2,255 2,258 2,358 2,382
                  DUP Fred Proctor 4.2% 2,112 2,112 2,176 2,197 2,201 2,206 2,266 2,279
                  Alliance Jack Smith 1.5% 742 761 764 793 1,138 1,152 1,152
                  Vanguard Billy Hull 1.7% 852 852 953 961 961 962
                  Republican Clubs Seamus Lynch 1.7% 854 898 898 899 900
                  Alliance Keith Jones 1.3% 675 688 689 704
                  NI Labour John Stewart 1.1% 571 573 574
                  Independent Unionist Tommy Lyttle 1.1% 560 560
                  Electorate: 75,768   Valid: 50,784   Spoilt: 1,286 (2.47%)   Quota: 7,255   Turnout: 68.72%

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