North Down (Assembly constituency)


North Down (Irish: An Dún Thuaidh, Ulster Scots: North Doon) is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

North Down
Northern Ireland Assembly
Parliamentary Constituency
North Down shown within Northern Ireland
Current constituency
Created1973
Seats6 (1996–2016)
5 (2017–)
MLAs
DistrictsArds and North Down 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 Down 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 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 North Down (UK Parliament constituency).

Members


Election MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
1973 Lord Dunleath
(Alliance Party)
Bertie McConnell
(Alliance Party)
7 seats
1973-1975
Robert Campbell
(UUP)
William Brownlow
(UUP)
James Kilfedder
(UUP/UPUP)
John Brooke
(UUP)
Charles Poots
(DUP)
1975 6 seats
1975-1982
John Taylor
(UUP)
George Green
(Vanguard)
1982 John Cushnahan
(Alliance Party)
Robert McCartney
(UUP/UKUP)
William Bleakes
(UUP)
Wesley Pentland
(DUP)
Simpson Gibson
(DUP)
1996 Oliver Napier
(Alliance Party)
5 seats
1996-1998
5 seats
1996-1998
Alan McFarland
(UUP)
Peter Weir
(UUP /
DUP)
St Clair McAlister
(DUP)
1998 Eileen Bell
(Alliance Party)
6 seats
1998-2017
6 seats
1998-2017
John Gorman
(UUP)
Jane Morrice
(NI Women's Coalition)
2003 Leslie Cree
(UUP)
Alex Easton
(DUP)
2007 Stephen Farry
(Alliance Party)
Brian Wilson
(Green (NI))
2011 Steven Agnew
(Green (NI))
Gordon Dunne
(DUP)
2016 Alan Chambers
(UUP)
2017 5 seats
2017-present
5 seats
2017-present
5 seats
2017-present
October 2019
co-option
Rachel Woods
(Green (NI))
January 2020
co-option
Andrew Muir
(Alliance Party)

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 Down - 5 seats[1]
PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7
DUP Alex Easton 21.3 8,034
UUP Alan Chambers 18.9 7,151
Alliance Stephen Farry 18.6 7,014
DUP Gordon Dunne 16.2 6,118 7,678.68
Green (NI) Steven Agnew 13.7 5,178 5,220.24 5,320.78 5,388.22 5,782.32 5,979.96 6,160.50
UUP William Cudworth 2.6 964 1,029.12 1,881.62 2,585.30 2,690.50 2,726.22 3,058.06
Independent Melanie Kennedy 3.3 1,246 1,285.82 1,371.62 1,389.86 1,429.86 1,503.96 1,596.88
SDLP Caoímhe McNeill 1.8 679 681.86 686.26 707.14 800.54 1,178 1,202.88
NI Conservatives Frank Shivers 1.7 641 654.20 740.66 756.14 777.24 801.88
Sinn Féin Kieran Maxwell 1.6 591 591.22 591.88 592.60 604.50
Independent Chris Carter 0.2 92 94.20 115.98 119.10 126.70
Independent Gavan Reynolds 0.1 31 32.54 37.38 38.34 40.44
Electorate: 64,461   Valid: 37,739   Spoilt: 435 (1.14%)   Quota: 6,290   Turnout: 59.22%
    2016
    2016 Assembly election: North Down - 6 seats
    PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11
    DUP Alex Easton 19.7 6,357
    DUP Gordon Dunne 12.4 4,004 4,610.48
    Green (NI) Steven Agnew 12.7 4,109 4,142.32 4,229.44 4,239.56 4,310.56 4,490.12 4,523.20 4,607.20
    UUP Alan Chambers 10.2 3,275 3,379.16 3,387.16 3,465.24 3,467.24 3,482.24 3,644.08 3,757.76 3,931.28 4,174.92 5,264.92
    DUP Peter Weir 9.6 3,085 3,890.28 3,892.56 3,904.04 3,906.04 3,910.32 4,032.60 4,112.96 4,385.72 4,588.76 4,712.76
    Alliance Stephen Farry 9.3 3,012 3,036.92 3,051.20 3,063.20 3,090.20 3,289.04 3,298.04 3,372.60 3,410.72 3,834.96 4,049.36
    Alliance Andrew Muir 7.4 2,387 2,395.96 2,407.24 2,415.80 2,437.80 2,521.80 2,526.80 2,583.80 2,613.80 2,920.64 3,076.20
    UUP Carl McClean 4.6 1,495 1,545.68 1,549.68 1,640.72 1,642 1,652 1,719.08 1,818.76 1,902.88 2,054.40
    Independent Brian Wilson 4.4 1,415 1,430.12 1,449.40 1,451.24 1,467.24 1,512.24 1,519.80 1,580.36 1,678.48
    UKIP Bill Piper 2.1 681 706.48 706.76 716.60 722.60 730.60 902.60 955.72
    NI Conservatives Frank Shivers 2.1 672 683.76 686.76 693.40 694.04 696.04 713.04
    TUV John Brennan 1.9 610 641.92 641.92 646.76 646.76 650.76
    SDLP Conal Browne 1.3 426 428.24 441.24 441.52 589.52
    Sinn Féin Therese McCartney 1.0 307 307.56 314.84 314.84
    UUP Chris Eisenstadt 0.7 217 234.92 235.92
    NI Labour Maria Lourenco 0.5 177 180.08
    Electorate: 65,760   Valid: 32,229   Spoilt: 368 (1.13%)   Quota: 4,605   Turnout: 49.57
      2011
      2011 Assembly election: North Down - 6 seats[2]
      PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11
      DUP Alex Easton 18.4% 5,175
      DUP Gordon Dunne 13.3% 3,741 4,121
      DUP Peter Weir 12.4% 3,496 4,101
      UUP Leslie Cree 5.6% 1,585 1,609 1,610 1,678 1,692 2,796 2,853 3,310 3,361 4,410
      Alliance Stephen Farry 11.1% 3,131 3,153 3,173 3,218 3,486 3,515 3,522 3,739 3,745 4,078
      Green (NI) Steven Agnew 7.9% 2,207 2,220 2,262 2,315 2,553 2,605 2,615 2,812 2,820 3,193 3,229
      Alliance Anne Wilson 7.5% 2,100 2,115 2,134 2,172 2,448 2,483 2,492 2,659 2,664 3,078 3,130
      Independent Alan McFarland 6.7% 1,879 1,905 1,911 2,012 2,048 2,083 2,095 2,604 2,619
      Independent Alan Chambers 6.3% 1,765 1,795 1,796 1,862 1,894 1,980 1,989
      UUP Colin Breen 4.8% 1,343 1,359 1,360 1,443 1,449
      SDLP Liam Logan 2.7% 768 772 953 961
      UKIP Fred McGlade 2.2% 615 624 624
      Sinn Féin Conor Kennan 1.0% 293 295
      Electorate: 62,170   Valid: 28,098   Spoilt: 430 (1.51%)   Quota: 4,015   Turnout: 45.89%
        2007
        2007 Assembly election: North Down – 6 Seats
        PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10
        DUP Alex Easton 16.1% 4,946
        Alliance Stephen Farry 10.2% 3,131 3,135 3,144 3,202 3,337 3,511 3,875 4,466
        UUP Leslie Cree 9.6% 2,937 2,953 2,966 3,017 3,112 3,393 3,466 3,531 3,789 4,687
        Green (NI) Brian Wilson 9.2% 2,839 2,843 2,855 2,928 3,059 3,209 3,472 4,113 4,334 4,572
        DUP Peter Weir 11.0% 3,376 3,507 3,513 3,566 3,615 3,688 3,749 3,755 4,231 4,380
        UUP Alan McFarland 7.3% 2,245 2,251 2,253 2,283 2,402 2,481 2,579 2,641 2,941 3,986
        DUP Alan Graham 7.0% 2,147 2,501 2,509 2,560 2,595 2,701 2,737 2,746 3,185 3,255
        UUP Marion Smith 6.8% 2,098 2,103 2,107 2,163 2,234 2,331 2,398 2,457 2,641
        UK Unionist Robert McCartney 5.9% 1,806 1,816 1,824 1,862 1,950 2,044 2,099 2,119
        SDLP Liam Logan 3.6% 1,115 1,116 1,118 1,382 1,399 1,427 1,674
        Independent Brian Rowan 3.9% 1,194 1,195 1,202 1,241 1,290 1,376
        Independent Alan Chambers 3.7% 1,129 1,133 1,172 1,190 1,257
        NI Conservatives James Leslie 2.8% 864 866 872 888
        Sinn Féin Deaglan Page 1.3% 390 390 391
        PUP Elaine Martin 1.2% 367 371 376
        Independent Christopher Carter 0.4% 123 124
        Electorate: 57,525   Valid: 30,707   Spoilt: 223 (0.72%)   Quota: 4,387   Turnout: 53.77%
          2003
          2003 Assembly election: North Down – 6 Seats
          PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11Count 12Count 13Count 14
          UUP Leslie Cree 12.6% 3,900 3,908 3,919 3,920 3,950 3,989 4,019 4,032 4,073 4,305 4,402 4,482
          Alliance Eileen Bell 6.3% 1,951 1,957 1,962 1,970 1,983 1,992 2,008 2,595 2,820 2,946 3,602 4,137 5,237
          UUP Alan McFarland 11.1% 3,421 3,429 3,437 3,439 3,467 3,514 3,557 3,570 3,606 3,730 3,833 4,083 4,292 4,502
          UK Unionist Robert McCartney 10.9% 3,374 3,387 3,485 3,488 3,513 3,590 3,639 3,648 3,675 3,847 3,912 4,046 4,072 4,102
          DUP Peter Weir 11.9% 3,675 3,681 3,704 3,704 3,761 3,802 3,822 3,826 3,839 3,906 3,922 4,018 4,026 4,031
          DUP Alex Easton 11.6% 3,570 3,579 3,589 3,589 3,611 3,650 3,663 3,667 3,689 3,770 3,783 3,821 3,827 3,839
          UUP Diana Peacocke 8.3% 2,566 2,568 2,587 2,589 2,623 2,636 2,677 2,688 2,729 2,795 2,934 3,065 3,258 3,418
          SDLP Liam Logan 4.9% 1,519 1,522 1,523 1,732 1,734 1,738 1,741 1,785 1,851 1,870 2,077 2,158
          Independent Brian Wilson 4.4% 1,350 1,355 1,357 1,359 1,371 1,415 1,429 1,437 1,489 1,598 1,718
          NI Women's Coalition Jane Morrice 3.8% 1,181 1,188 1,192 1,201 1,219 1,242 1,259 1,287 1,478 1,587
          Independent Alan Chambers 3.5% 1,077 1,099 1,102 1,102 1,119 1,185 1,206 1,214 1,242
          Green (NI) John Barry 2.4% 730 733 734 748 762 768 786 800
          Alliance Stephen Farry 2.3% 704 708 711 722 728 740 751
          NI Conservatives Julian Robertson 1.6% 491 492 497 497 501 508
          Independent Alan Field 1.4% 428 430 432 432 448
          PUP David Rose 1.0% 316 317 327 327
          Sinn Féin Maria George 0.9% 264 265 265
          UKIP Tom Sheridan 0.7% 209 210
          Independent Christopher Carter 0.4% 109
          Electorate: 57,422   Valid: 30,835   Spoilt: 481 (1.54%)   Quota: 4,406   Turnout: 54.54%
            1998
            1998 Assembly election: North Down – 6 Seats
            PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11Count 12
            UK Unionist Robert McCartney 21.9% 8,188
            UUP Alan McFarland 12.5% 4,653 4,856 4,984 5,108 5,274 5,466
            UUP John Gorman 12.6% 4,719 4,798 4,922 4,954 5,049 5,346
            Alliance Eileen Bell 9.8% 3,669 3,686 3,795 3,801 4,269 4,374 4,579 4,588 5,985
            NI Women's Coalition Jane Morrice 4.8% 1,808 1,836 1,918 1,932 2,056 2,232 2,460 2,478 2,720 3,028 3,086 4,898
            UUP Peter Weir 7.4% 2,775 2,851 2,890 2,930 3,050 3,180 3,664 3,748 3,920 4,122 4,593 4,751
            DUP Alan Graham 4.2% 1,558 1,829 1,880 2,748 2,778 2,929 3,137 3,147 3,168 3,171 4,424 4,443
            SDLP Marietta Farrell 5.5% 2,048 2,051 2,085 2,086 2,134 2,194 2,237 2,239 2,327 2,450 2,458
            UK Unionist Elizabeth Roche 0.5% 173 1,798 1,847 1,993 2,019 2,063 2,225 2,230 2,256 2,265
            Alliance Gavin Walker 4.6% 1,699 1,710 1,753 1,758 1,910 1,966 2,089 2,095
            Independent Alan Chambers 3.7% 1,382 1,455 1,532 1,554 1,645 1,751
            PUP Stewart Currie 3.7% 1,376 1,416 1,522 1,556 1,583
            Independent Brian Wilson 3.6% 1,327 1,361 1,389 1,396
            DUP St Clair McAlister 2.7% 1,013 1,291 1,354
            NI Conservatives Leonard Fee 0.9% 337 365
            Ulster Democratic Tom Lindsay 0.7% 265 295
            Labour Party NI Vanessa Baird-Gunning 0.6% 212 218
            Independent Christopher Carter 0.2% 72 77
            Natural Law Andrea Gribben 0.1% 39 42
            Electorate: 62,942   Valid: 37,313   Spoilt: 561 (1.48%)   Quota: 5,331   Turnout: 60.17%

              1996 Forum

              Successful candidates are shown in bold.[3]

              Party Candidate(s) Votes Percentage
              UUP Peter Weir
              Alan McFarland
              Roy Bradford
              John Shields
              Irene Cree
              9,270 25.6
              UK Unionist Robert McCartney
              Valerie Kinghan
              Patricia Watson
              7,579 20.9
              DUP St Clair McAlister
              Ruby Cooling
              Cecil Noble
              6,699 18.5
              Alliance Oliver Napier
              Brian Wilson
              Eileen Bell
              Larry Thompson
              Jane Copeland
              6,186 17.1
              SDLP Owen Adams
              John Burke
              1,798 5.0
              PUP Victor Ash
              Samuel Curry
              Neil Mehaffy
              Kenneth Sterrit
              1,694 4.7
              Ulster Democratic James McCullough
              Thomas Lindsay
              651 1.8
              NI Women's Coalition Emma McGuigan
              Ann Marie Foster
              Jane Morrice
              496 1.4
              NI Conservatives Ann Thompson
              Bruce Mulligan
              444 1.2
              Independent Chambers Alan Chambers
              James Arbuthnot
              Robert Irvine
              334 0.9
              Green (NI) Paddy McEvoy
              Mary Ringland
              283 0.8
              Sinn Féin Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
              John Smith
              275 0.8
              Labour coalition John Magennis
              Sean McGouran
              171 0.5
              Independent DUP Thomas O'Brien
              William Baxter
              97 0.3
              Democratic Left Daryl Armitage
              Tim Davis
              95 0.3
              Workers' Party Dessie O'Hagan
              Colum Mullan
              60 0.2
              Ulster Independence Geoffrey Watson
              Glenn Pollock
              49 0.1
              Independent Voice Christopher Carter
              Fidelma Carter
              49 0.1
              Natural Law Peter McGowan
              Thomas Mullins
              15 0.0

              1982 Assembly Election

              1982 Assembly Election: North Down - 8 seats
              PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11Count 12Count 13
              UPUP James Kilfedder 25.6% 13,958
              UUP John Taylor 10.7% 5,852 7,258
              DUP Simpson Gibson 8.2% 4,500 4,856 4,913 4,942 4,985 6,391
              Alliance John Cushnahan 8.1% 4,416 4,492 4,501 4,502 4,936 4,943 6,068 6,069
              Alliance Lord Dunleath 7.0% 3,841 4,210 4,284 4,293 4,881 4,919 5,960 5,961 6,161
              DUP Wesley Pentland 6.1% 3,340 3,621 3,705 3,723 3,761 4,089 4,097 4,345 4,486 6,930
              UUP Robert McCartney 6.9% 3,782 4,403 4,583 4,606 4,997 5,015 5,030 5,033 5,860 5,978 6,131
              UUP William Bleakes 4.9% 2,692 2,930 3,028 3,049 3,202 3,241 3,244 3,246 4,401 4,778 5,278 5,336 5,383
              UPUP George Green 1.8% 958 4,266 4,472 4,508 4,596 4,679 4,685 4,689 4,967 5,126 5,330 5,364 5,377
              DUP Charles Poots 5.1% 2,811 3,024 3,083 3,100 3,124 3,315 3,318 3,362 3,436
              UUP Hazel Bradford 3.6% 1,966 2,448 2,694 2,722 2,931 3,028 3,033 3,037
              SDLP Patrick Doherty 4.6% 2,536 2,546 2,547 2,549 2,567 2,568
              DUP Thomas Gourley 3.8% 2,060 2,277 2,315 2,333 2,392
              Alliance Brian Wilson 1.9% 1,055 1,118 1,135 1,136
              UUP David McNarry 1.2% 671 827 924 936
              UUUP Robert Gabbey 0.3% 181 217 228
              Electorate: 103,619   Valid: 54,619   Spoilt: 1,182 (2.12%)   Quota: 6,069   Turnout: 55,801 (53.85%)

                1975 Constitutional Convention

                1975 Constitutional Convention election: North Down - 7 seats
                PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8
                UUP James Kilfedder 37.5% 21,693
                UUP John Taylor 12.5% 7,238
                Vanguard George Green 7.6% 4,408 8,063
                DUP Charles Poots 5.1% 2,962 6,778 7,072 7,137 7,209 7,228
                Alliance Lord Dunleath 8.0% 4,616 5,109 5,119 5,201 5,569 7,182 9,226
                Alliance Bertie McConnell 5.4% 3,099 3,420 3,427 3,549 3,619 4,377 5,710 7,064
                Unionist Party NI Viscount Brookeborough 6.1% 3,555 4,435 4,459 4,873 6,340 6,416 6,480 6,535
                UUP Neil Oliver 2.2% 1,257 5,727 6,180 6,333 6,453 6,494 6,508 6,515
                SDLP Sean Hollywood 6.9% 3,988 4,005 4,006 4,014 4,056 4,150
                Alliance Keith Jones 4.2% 2,424 2,550 2,553 2,586 2,646
                Unionist Party NI William Brownlow 2.8% 1,638 1,939 1,950 2,281
                Unionist Party NI Robert Campbell 1.6% 901 1,263 1,288
                Electorate: 93,884   Valid: 57,779   Spoilt: 989 (1.68%)   Quota: 7,223   Turnout: 62.60%

                  1973 Assembly Election

                  1973 Assembly Election: North Down - 7 seats
                  PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11Count 12Count 13
                  UUP Jim Kilfedder 33.7% 20,684
                  UUP John Brooke 10.0% 6,160 9,168.25
                  DUP Charles Poots 7.1% 4,364 6,488.36 6,543.54 6,546.80 6,711.32 6,713.84 6,793.73 7,354.97 7,512.06 7,520.06 7,678.20 10,253.20
                  Alliance Lord Dunleath 7.3% 4,482 4,725.81 4,755.26 4,781.09 4,921.26 5,690.95 6,230.33 6,239.68 6,304.89 7,364.15 7,557.46 7,625.26 7,663.26
                  UUP Robert Campbell 6.1% 3,760 4,936.21 5,212.73 5,215.30 5,238.40 5,250.55 5,331.36 5,365.23 5,638.74 5,644.74 6,371.19 6,966.27 7,307.27
                  UUP William Brownlow 4.3% 2,620 3,776.05 4,424.88 4,426.88 4,445.39 4,455.85 4,642.62 4,698.18 5,100.23 5,168.17 6,097.92 6,524.05 6,630.05
                  Alliance Bertie McConnell 5.3% 3,271 3,374.32 3,382.38 3,443.64 3,707.77 4,556.89 5,051.98 5,059.87 5,097.74 6,126.74 6,257.92 6,311.28 6,331.28
                  UUP Andrew Donaldson 3.2% 1,950 3,320.25 3,517.72 3,525.66 3,544.99 3,556.88 3,621.11 3,660.44 4,542.17 4,551.43 5,390.10 5,903.72 6,097.72
                  Vanguard George Green 3.9% 2,425 3,304.48 3,336.10 3,340.67 3,535.82 3,541.71 3,579.32 4,933.91 5,053.06 5,061.06 5,172.69
                  UUP Kathleen McClure 2.9% 1,796 2,518.61 2,636.41 2,637.41 2,672.78 2,722.71 2,771.17 2,846.20 3,191.62 3,209.25
                  SDLP Patrick McHenry 4.6% 2,833 2,835.52 2,835.52 2,846.52 2,861.15 2,917.15 3,121.15 3,123.41 3,125.35
                  UUP Hans Jess 2.0% 1,227 2,175.78 2,244.91 2,247.80 2,258.41 2,270.82 2,307.11 2,358.40
                  Vanguard Kenneth Leckey 2.1% 1,290 1,981.11 1,991.65 1,992.91 2,224.31 2,225.57 2,245.61
                  NI Labour William Allen 2.2% 1,354 1,441.57 1,445.91 1,908.56 1,928.08 1,969.22
                  Alliance Cecilia Linehan 2.4% 1,493 1,547.18 1,549.04 1,565.56 1,839.49
                  Alliance John Marks 1.1% 699 731.76 735.79 754.05
                  Vanguard David Trimble 0.7% 446 731.76 735.79 754.05
                  NI Labour Kenneth Young 1.0% 601 658.94 669.48 672.48
                  Electorate: 89,682   Valid: 61,455   Spoilt: 755   Quota: 7,682   Turnout: 62,210 (69.4%)

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