Mid Ulster (Assembly constituency)

Mid Ulster (Irish: Lár Uladh, Ulster Scots: Mid Ulstèr) is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Mid Ulster
Northern Ireland Assembly
Parliamentary Constituency
Mid Ulster shown within Northern Ireland
Current constituency
Created1973
Seats6 (1996–2016)
5 (2017–)
MLAs
  •   Keith Buchanan (DUP)
  •   Linda Dillon (SF)
  •   Patsy McGlone (SDLP)
  •   Michelle O'Neill (SF)
  •   Emma Sheerin (SF)
DistrictsMid-Ulster District 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 Mid Ulster UK Parliament constituency. However, the boundaries of the two constituencies were slightly different from 1983 to 1986 (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.

Mid Ulster is the only constituency in Northern Ireland to have returned the same number of Assembly members from the same parties at each election before that of 2017 - 3 Sinn Féin, 1 SDLP, 1 UUP and 1 DUP.

For further details of the history and boundaries of the constituency, see Mid Ulster (UK Parliament constituency).