North Antrim (Assembly constituency)


North Antrim (Irish: Aontroim Thuaidh, Ulster Scots: North Anthrim) is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

North Antrim
Northern Ireland Assembly
Parliamentary Constituency
North Antrim shown within Northern Ireland
Current constituency
Created1973
Seats6 (1996–2016)
5 (2017–)
MLAs
DistrictsMid and East Antrim Borough Council
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
EP constituencyNorthern Ireland

The seat was first used for a Northern Ireland-only election for the Northern Ireland Assembly, 1973. It usually shares boundaries with the North Antrim UK Parliament constituency, however the boundaries of the two constituencies were slightly different from 1983 to 1986 as the Assembly boundaries had not caught up with Parliamentary boundary changes.

In 1996 members of the Northern Ireland Forum were 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. However the boundaries of North Antrim were not changed in the 1996–1997 redistribution.

Members were 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 North Antrim (UK Parliament constituency).

Members


Election MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
1973 John O'Hagan
(SDLP)
Hugh Wilson
(Alliance Party)
7 seats
1973–1982
William Craig
(Vanguard)
John Baxter
(UUP)
David McCarthy
(UUP)
James Craig
(DUP)
Ian Paisley
(DUP)
1974 by-election Clifford Smyth
(DUP)
1975 John Turnley
(SDLP)
William Wright
(Vanguard)
David Allen
(Vanguard)
Ken McFaul
(DUP)
1982 Sean Farren
(SDLP)
Seán Neeson
(Alliance Party)
Joe Gaston
(UUP)
Roy Beggs
(UUP)
Cecil Cousley
(DUP)
Jim Allister
(DUP)
Jack McKee
(DUP)
1996 5 seats
1996–1998
Robert Coulter
(UUP)
5 seats
1996–1998
Ian Paisley Jr.
(DUP)
1998 6 seats
1998–present
James Leslie
(UUP)
6 seats
1998–present
Gardiner Kane
(DUP)
2003 Philip McGuigan
(Sinn Féin)
Mervyn Storey
(DUP)
2007 Declan O'Loan
(SDLP)
Daithí McKay
(Sinn Féin)
June 2010
co-option
Paul Frew
(DUP)
2011 Jim Allister
(TUV)
Robin Swann
(UUP)
David McIlveen
(DUP)
2016 Phillip Logan
(DUP)
August 2016
co-option
Philip McGuigan
(Sinn Féin)
2017 5 seats
2017–present
5 seats
2017–present
5 seats
2017–present

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: North Antrim – 5 seats[1]
PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7
Sinn Féin Philip McGuigan 15.8 7,600 7,601 7,729 7,769 7,960 9,780
UUP Robin Swann 12.5 6,022 6,032 6,049 6,127 6,966 8,413
TUV Jim Allister 12.9 6,214 6,215 6,229 7,564 7,679 7,834 7,989
DUP Paul Frew 14.5 6,975 6,977 6,984 7,055 7,135 7,199 7,231
DUP Mervyn Storey 14.3 6,857 6,863 6,868 6,896 6,965 7,013 7,066
DUP Phillip Logan 11.9 5,708 5,709 5,711 5,776 5,810 5,840 5,860
SDLP Connor Duncan 7.3 3,519 3,527 3,665 3,759 4,992
Alliance Patricia O'Lynn 5.4 2,616 2,655 2,721 3,030
TUV Timothy Gaston 3.1 1,505 1,506 1,509
Green (NI) Mark Bailey 1.1 530 547 580
Independent Republican Monica Digney 0.9 435 454
Independent Adam McBride 0.2 113
Electorate: 76,739   Valid: 48,094   Spoilt: 424 (0.87%)   Quota: 8,016   Turnout: 63.22% (48,518)
    2016
    2016 Assembly election: North Antrim – 6 seats
    PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10
    TUV Jim Allister 13.2 5,399 5,410 5,427 5,458 5,788 5,841 7,600
    DUP Paul Frew 13.2 5,429 5,435 5,449 5,463 5,654 5,717 5,822 6,095
    DUP Mervyn Storey 13.1 5,382 5,395 5,403 5,428 5,481 5,566 5,592 5,710 8,443
    DUP Phillip Logan 8.9 3,635 3,642 3,651 3,672 3,724 3,759 3,834 4,131 4,724 7,165.24
    UUP Robin Swann 8.7 3,585 3,619 3,644 4,306 4,423 4,776 4,841 5,217 5,420 5,545.44
    Sinn Féin Daithí McKay 12.9 5,297 5,302 5,350 5,353 5,374 5,459 5,462 5,466 5,473 5,473.98
    SDLP Connor Duncan 7.5 3,093 3,146 3,245 3,247 3,276 3,851 3,857 3,864 3,879 3,886.84
    DUP David McIlveen 7.8 3,209 3,212 3,213 3,230 3,256 3,273 3,322 3,604
    TUV Timothy Gaston 4.8 1,955 1,959 1,965 1,991 2,104 2,123
    Alliance Stephen McFarland 3.2 1,318 1,397 1,658 1,671 1,718
    UKIP Donna Anderson 2.5 1,027 1,042 1,064 1,070
    UUP Andrew Wright 2.0 821 826 831
    Green (NI) Jennifer Breslin 1.2 513 593
    NI Labour Kathryn Johnston 0.6 243
    NI Conservatives James Simpson 0.2 92
    Electorate: 78,337   Valid: 40,998   Spoilt: 466 (1.12%)   Quota: 5,857   Turnout: 52.93%
      2011
      2011 Assembly election: North Antrim – 6 seats
      PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9
      DUP Paul Frew 16.3 6,581
      Sinn Féin Daithí McKay 15.3 6,152
      DUP Mervyn Storey 13.3 6,083
      DUP David McIlveen 8.1 3,275 3,826 3,832 3,833 3,941 3,974 4,063 6,594
      UUP Robin Swann 6.2 2,518 2,547 2,566 2,566 2,829 2,840 4,578 4,991 5,557
      TUV Jim Allister 10.1 4,061 4,093 4,656 4,657 4,745 4,759 4,963 5,189 5,430
      SDLP Declan O'Loan 9.1 3,682 3,689 3,689 4,036 4,639 4,641 4,745 4,798 4,816
      DUP Evelyne Robinson 8.1 3,256 3,381 3,405 3,406 3,539 3,754 3,990
      UUP Bill Kennedy 5.4 2,189 2,207 2,237 2,241 2,564 2,583
      Alliance Jayne Dunlop 4.6 1,848 1,860 1,868 1,883
      TUV Audrey Patterson 1.7 668 670
      Electorate: 74,760   Valid: 40,313   Spoilt: 670 (1.63%)   Quota: 5,760   Turnout: 54.82%
        2007
        2007 Assembly election: North Antrim – 6 seats
        PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10
        DUP Ian Paisley 17.4 7,716
        Sinn Féin Daithí McKay 15.9 7,065
        DUP Ian Paisley Jr. 13.8 6,106 7,264.04
        UUP Robert Coulter 11.4 5,047 5,065.87 5,088.36 5,090.45 5,133.60 5,542.66 6,578.66
        DUP Mervyn Storey 11.7 5,171 5,251.24 5,946.87 5,947.20 6,023.90 6,070.76 6,186.83 6,923.83
        SDLP Declan O'Loan 7.4 3,281 3,282.36 3,282.62 3,583.36 3,755.17 3,955.91 4,001.13 4,060.82 4,071.82 6,498.23
        DUP Deirdre Nelson 6.2 2,740 2,762.95 2,891.78 2,894.42 2,953.20 2,987.04 3,042.71 3,534.80 4,044.80 4,091.99
        SDLP Orla Black 4.8 2,129 2,130.02 2,130.80 2,411.19 2,536.83 2,764.85 2,803.26 2,838.63 2,844.63
        UK Unionist Lyle Cubitt 4.2 1,848 1,858.54 1,874.53 1,874.64 1,971.35 2,052.11 2,148.85
        UUP Robin Swann 2.9 1,281 1,289.67 1,298.25 1,298.69 1,311.80 1,466.24
        Alliance Jayne Dunlop 2.8 1,254 1,255.19 1,257.40 1,267.74 1,298.25
        Independent Republican Paul McGlinchey 0.9 383 383 383 482.44
        Independent James Gregg 0.7 310 313.23 319.21 320.09
        Electorate: 72,814   Valid: 44,331   Spoilt: 324   Quota: 6,334   Turnout: 44,655 (61.3)
          2003
          2003 Assembly election: North Antrim – 6 seats
          PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9
          DUP Ian Paisley 19.8 8,732
          DUP Ian Paisley Jr. 17.9 7,898
          UUP Robert Coulter 14.5 6,385
          DUP Mervyn Storey 8.2 3,605 5,787.60 7,152.20
          Sinn Féin Philip McGuigan 14.0 6,195 6,195 6,195.20 6,195.20 6,198.20 6,198.26 6,199.46 6,207.94 6,496.94
          SDLP Sean Farren 8.3 3,648 3,649.68 3,652.08 3,654.88 3,666.28 3,666.61 3,689.60 3,920.82 5,980.43
          UUP James Currie 7.1 3,153 3,247.08 3,320.68 3,598.68 3,676.36 3,735.98 4,041.24 4,975.04 5,049.97
          SDLP Declan O'Loan 5.4 2,361 2,362.68 2,363.68 2,365.08 2,374.36 2,374.48 2,381.69 2,515.36
          UK Unionist Nathaniel Small 0.9 402 444 505 779.40 824.96 825.60 997.20
          Alliance Jayne Dunlop 2.0 867 873.44 883.64 896.64 914.40 915.20 953.14
          Independent Gardiner Kane 1.4 623 677.60 703.20 788.20 819.88 820.74
          PUP Billy McCaughey 0.5 230 244.84 254.04 297.64
          Electorate: 70,489   Valid: 44,099   Spoilt: 533   Quota: 6,300   Turnout: 44,632 (63.3)
            1998
            1998 Assembly election: North Antrim – 6 seats
            PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11Count 12
            DUP Ian Paisley 21.3 10,590
            DUP Ian Paisley Jr. 9.0 4,459 7,551.10
            SDLP Sean Farren 12.9 6,433 6,433.99 6,434.23 6,479.23 6,662.27 8,300.27
            UUP Robert Coulter 10.9 5,407 5,440.99 5,451.27 5,501.82 5,636.24 5,644.24 5,660.39 6,760.58 6,797.98 7,832.98
            UUP James Leslie 7.0 3,458 3,480.11 3,486.95 3,509.55 3,702.17 3,713.50 3,733.05 4,465.62 4,473.87 5,335.74 5,991.09 7,580.09
            DUP Gardiner Kane 7.3 3,638 3,776.93 4,053.73 4,107.23 4,242.28 4,247.69 4,249.39 4,285.12 4,290.16 4,327.91 4,344.06 5,818.10
            Sinn Féin James McCarry 4.1 2,024 2,024 2,024.24 2,044.28 2,200.28 2,379.28 2,815.33 2,837.28 4,892.88 5,135.68 5,144.18 5,153.98
            Independent Unionist William Wright 6.6 3,297 3,415.80 3,461 3,515.22 3,730.24 3,731.28 3,733.83 3,791.25 3,792.95 3,955.60 4,002.35
            Alliance Jayne Dunlop 4.6 2,282 2,285.63 2,287.19 2,331.92 2,456.03 2,523.03 2,870.68 3,031.60 3,146.70
            Sinn Féin Joe Cahill 4.1 2,021 2,021 2,021.04 2,025.04 2,079.04 2,157.04 2,488.54 2,496.24
            UUP Patricia Campbell 4.4 2,199 2,207.58 2,210.78 2,226.56 2,350.95 2,361.95 2,401.90
            SDLP Malachy McCamphill 4.0 1,982 1,982.99 1,983.27 2,002.31 2,075.31
            PUP Richard Rodgers 1.3 641 648.59 653.15 666.49
            Independent Republican Oliver McMullan 1.0 478 478.33 478.49 502.49
            Ulster Democratic Maurice McAllister 0.8 400 414.85 419.85 422.08
            Independent Chris McCaughan 0.4 194 195.32 195.84
            Natural Law John Wright 0.3 156 171.51 179.03
            Independent Thomas Palmer 0.1 38 39.98 44.06
            Electorate: 73,247   Valid: 49,697   Spoilt: 864   Quota: 7,100   Turnout: 50,561 (69.0)

              1996 Forum

              Successful candidates are shown in bold.[2]

              Party Candidate(s) Votes Percentage
              DUP Ian Paisley
              Ian Paisley Jr.
              Gardiner Kane
              Samuel McConaghie
              Maurice Mills
              16,448 37.0
              UUP Robert Coulter
              Joe Gaston
              William Wright
              James Leslie
              James Simpson
              11,195 25.2
              SDLP Sean Farren
              Dick Kerr
              Patrick McAvoy
              Malachy McCamphill
              Malachy McSparran
              7,185 16.1
              Sinn Féin James McCarry
              Christine McAuley
              2,579 5.8
              Alliance David Alderdice
              Gareth Williams
              2,518 5.6
              UK Unionist Harry Gordon
              Laura Lyle
              1,185 2.7
              Ulster Democratic Kenneth Blair
              Winston McConnell
              768 1.7
              Independent McMullan Oliver McMullan
              John Robb
              670 1.5
              PUP Mervyn Craig
              Alan Elder
              665 1.5
              NI Women's Coalition Teresa Godfrey
              Irene Leacock
              Carol Nevin
              272 0.6
              NI Conservatives Elizabeth Armstrong
              Mary Noble
              259 0.6
              Labour coalition Robert Margrain
              Benjamin Adams
              Mark McKavanagh
              Niall Mulholland
              187 0.4
              Ulster Independence Agnes McLeister
              Ivan McLaughlan
              167 0.5
              Green (NI) Maria McAllister
              Graham Gingles
              Roger Frew
              150 0.4
              Democratic Partnership Christopher McCaughan
              Paul Cunningham
              114 0.3
              Workers' Party Rosemary McBride
              Pat Scullion
              60 0.1
              Democratic Left Alan Darnbrook
              Colm McGinn
              40 0.1
              Natural Law Francis Chalmers
              John Wright
              14 0.0
              Independent Chambers Ryan Hay
              Jean Arbuthnot
              13 0.0

              1982 Assembly Election

              1982 Assembly election: North Antrim – 8 seats
              PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11
              DUP Ian Paisley 15.3 9,231
              DUP Jim Allister 9.6 5,835 7,113
              UUP Joe Gaston 9.7 5,856 5,996 6,251 6,273 6,296 7,669
              SDLP Sean Farren 8.3 5,006 5,007 5,050 5,050 5,142 5,146 5,146 8,175
              Alliance Seán Neeson 5.4 3,258 3,273 3,384 3,385 5,279 5,311 5,331 5,505 6,830
              DUP Jack McKee 7.5 4,515 4,857 4,922 5,295 5,306 5,324 5,332 5,344 5,345 7,872
              UUP Roy Beggs 8.1 4,885 4,977 5,075 5,087 5,180 5,763 6,480 6,489 6,498 6,586
              DUP Cecil Cousley 6.8 4,133 4,543 4,675 4,778 4,786 4,974 5,032 5,040 5,049 5,540 6,835
              UUP Charles Brown 6.0 3,606 3,641 3,698 3,703 3,758 4,227 4,563 4,564 4,573 4,815 4,885
              DUP Ken McFaul 5.3 3,153 3,340 3,385 3,440 3,448 3,474 3,481 3,487 3,493
              SDLP Michael O'Cleary 5.5 3,321 3,323 3,357 3,357 3,374 3,374 3,374
              UUP David Burnside 4.2 2,542 2,591 2,719 2,724 2,756
              Alliance Thomas Benson 3.6 2,170 2,174 2,260 2,261
              UUUP Robert Glass 0.7 444 486
              Independent Unionist Price McConaghy 0.6 357 380
              Ecology Malcolm Samuel 0.5 295 297
              Electorate: 104,683   Valid: 60,510   Spoilt: 1,543 (2.49%)   Quota: 6,512   Turnout: 62,053 (59.28%)

                1975 Constitutional Convention

                1975 Constitutional Convention: North Antrim – 8 seats
                PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11Count 12
                DUP Ian Paisley 31.1 19,335
                DUP Ken McFaul 12.3 7,658 11,454.20
                DUP Clifford Smyth 9.3 5,806 10,640.80
                Alliance Hugh Wilson 7.4 4,601 4,691.60 4,720.40 4,757.06 5,764.62 5,964.79 6,007.79 6,098.90 8,243.90
                SDLP John Turnley 7.9 4,888 4,901.80 4,909.60 4,913.11 5,030.31 5,032.31 5,967.11 5,985.48 6,012.08 9,240.08
                Vanguard William Wright 4.4 2,761 3,469 5,030.80 6,081.85 6,087.85 6,121.79 6,126.77 6,721.76 6,946.98 6,970.18 7,001.18 7,096.04
                Vanguard David Allen 3.6 2,268 3,044.40 4,017.60 4,964.52 4,978.48 5,032.54 5,038.91 5,416.52 5,939.96 5,972.35 6,016.35 6,113.69
                UUP Adam Erwin 2.8 1,751 2,141.60 2,654 3,087.29 3,099.87 3,153.36 3,156.96 4,712.67 5,669.62 5,722.81 5,794.81 6,066.37
                SDLP Denis Haughey 5.4 3,371 3,375.20 3,378.80 3,379.58 3,434.17 3,439.37 4,781.17 4,786.97 4,817.57
                Unionist Party NI Iris Agnew 5.0 3,138 3,256.80 3,309.60 3,370.83 3,398.61 4,459.48 4,464.08 4,593.92
                UUP William Rainey 2.6 1,587 2,204.40 2,540.40 2,825.49 2,838.07 2,935.82 2,940.42
                SDLP James McClements 3.7 2,318 2,324 2,326.40 2,328.74 2,375.13 2,376.73
                Unionist Party NI Samuel Murphy 2.3 1,425 1,497.60 1,528.20 1,553.94 1,580.93
                Alliance Maurice McHenry 2.1 1,311 1,338 1,348.20 1,356.78
                Electorate: 103,469   Valid: 62,218   Spoilt: 866   Quota: 7,778   Turnout: 63,064 (60.9%)

                  1974 by-election to the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1973

                  1974 by-election: North Antrim – 1 seat
                  PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1
                  DUP Clifford Smyth 61.8 29,739
                  SDLP John Turnley 21.6 10,421
                  UUP Iris Agnew 11.5 5,546
                  Alliance Jack Fawcett 5.0 2,430
                  Electorate: 104,168   Valid: 48,136   Spoilt: 0   Quota: 24,069   Turnout: 48,136 (46.7%)

                    1973

                    1973 Assembly election: North Antrim – 7 seats
                    PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11Count 12Count 13Count 14Count 15
                    DUP Ian Paisley 20.4 14,553
                    UUP John Baxter 12.6 9,009
                    Vanguard William Craig 12.0 8,538 10,025.07
                    SDLP John O'Hagan 8.7 6,204 6,209.07 6,209.65 6,217.65 6,217.71 6,217.71 6,549.81 6,714.40 6,715.42 6,826.59 6,827.59 11,100.59
                    Alliance Hugh Wilson 4.0 2,876 2,896.28 2,900.34 2,914.34 2,915.65 2,931.26 3,252.11 4,122.84 4,132.58 6,431.23 6,593.65 6,938.76 8,666.76
                    UUP David McCarthy 7.2 5,125 5,269.69 5,322.18 5,330.96 5,384.27 5,401.75 5,450.66 5,462.32 5,553.90 5,617.61 6,930.92 6,936.31 6,946.31 11,704.31
                    DUP James Craig 5.4 3,871 5,117.83 5,415.08 5,419.83 5,421.58 5,532.83 5,548.30 5,562.09 6,537.82 6,553.08 6,772.11 6,774.50 6,776.50 7,082.15 7,829.15
                    DUP Clifford Smyth 3.6 2,572 4,749.76 5,087.90 5,090.87 5,092.72 5,296.62 5,320.43 5,332.07 6,008.13 6,022.89 6,117.67 6,118.68 6,121.68 6,334.63 6,828.63
                    UUP Trevor Strain 5.5 3,937 4,049.71 4,074.94 4,076.94 4,085.96 4,093.95 4,119.72 4,129.24 4,168.98 4,198.15 5,895.28 5,903.28 5,909.28
                    SDLP John Turnley 6.1 4,376 4,379.12 4,379.12 4,381.12 4,381.16 4,381.45 4,522.85 4,603.25 4,605.25 4,748.66 4,751.14
                    UUP Samuel Steele 4.6 3,294 3,358.74 3,377.88 3,381.88 3,394.81 3,427.19 3,459.73 3,473.18 3,533.35 3,589.79
                    Alliance Phelim O'Neill 2.4 1,701 1,713.87 1,715.03 1,717.03 1,718 1,721.29 2,095.67 2,868.38 2,878.83
                    Vanguard David Burnside 2.1 1,505 1,634.48 1,840.38 1,850.45 1,855.43 2,029.44 2,039.92 2,045.99
                    Alliance William Kelly 2.3 1,672 1,685.26 1,688.74 1,720.13 1,720.96 1,732.30 1,997.08
                    NI Labour Patrick McHugh 1.2 830 840.14 841.88 989.22 989.43 994.22
                    Alliance James Miller 0.9 651 671.67 676.60 680.60 681.46 682.24
                    Vanguard Thomas Seymour 0.4 315 478.80 606.11 609.11 609.58
                    NI Labour Robert Binnie 0.3 240 246.24 247.69
                    Electorate: 99,635   Valid: 71,249   Spoilt: 1,040   Quota: 8,907   Turnout: 72,289 (72.6%)

                      References


                      1. "Statement of Persons Nominated". EONI. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
                      2. 1996 Candidates – North Antrim, Northern Ireland Elections