Next Northern Ireland Assembly election
The next Northern Ireland Assembly election is due to be held on or before Thursday, 5 May 2022[needs update] to elect 90 members to the Northern Ireland Assembly. It will be the seventh assembly election since the assembly was established in 1998.
All 90 seats to the Northern Ireland Assembly
46 seats needed for a majority
Eight parties had MLAs in the sixth assembly: the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) led by former First Minister Arlene Foster; Sinn Féin led by Michelle O'Neill, the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) led by Robin Swann, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), led by Colum Eastwood, Alliance, led by Naomi Long, the Greens led by Steven Agnew, People Before Profit (PBP) who have a collective leadership, and Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) led by Jim Allister.
In May 2013, Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, announced the next Assembly election would be postponed to May 2016, and would be held at fixed intervals of five years thereafter. Section 7 of the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014 specifies that elections will be held on the first Thursday in May on the fifth calendar year following that in which its predecessor was elected, which would be 5 May 2022. However, there are several circumstances in which the Assembly can be dissolved before the date scheduled by virtue of section 31(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
After the 2017 assembly election, Sinn Féin stated that it would not return to a power-sharing arrangement with the Democratic Unionist Party without significant changes in the party's approach, including Foster not becoming First Minister until an investigation into the Renewable Heat Incentive scandal was complete. A deadline of 27 March was set for the parties to form an executive. The deadline passed and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire gave the political parties more time to reach a coalition agreement. Negotiations were paused over Easter.
On 18 April 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May called for a general election to be held on the 8 June 2017. A new deadline to form an executive was set for 29 June. The Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority and sought a confidence and supply agreement with the DUP to remain in government. The DUP and the Conservatives reached an agreement on 26 June.
The deadline to form an executive passed with no resolution. Brokenshire then extended the negotiation time. Brokenshire resigned as Northern Ireland secretary in January 2018 on medical grounds, and was succeeded by Karen Bradley. As of 7 September 2019, no resolution has been formed. Under current legislation, an election must be called by Julian Smith (who succeeded Bradley on July 24) in August- though the government may seek to delay this.
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|Clare Bailey officially becomes leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland|
|LucidTalk/Northern Slant||23–26 Feb 2018||2,079||33.6%||32.4%||10.3%||8.6%||8.0%||2.3%||1.9%||1.7%||1.3%||1.2%|
|LucidTalk/GUE/NGL||1–4 Dec 2017||2,079||33.7%||32.8%||8.9%||8.6%||7.9%||1.1%||2.2%||1.1%||3.7%||0.9%|
|LucidTalk||8–11 Sep 2017||2,080||35.5%||31.2%||9.6%||9.4%||8.6%||1.3%||1.7%||1.5%||1.3%||4.3%|
|Robin Swann officially becomes leader of the Ulster Unionist Party|
|2017 Northern Ireland Assembly election||2 Mar 2017||–||28.1%||27.9%||12.9%||11.9%||9.1%||2.6%||2.3%||1.8%||3.6%||0.2%|
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