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Strangford (UK Parliament constituency)

BoundariesEdit

The seat was created after boundary changes in 1983, as part of an expansion of Northern Ireland's constituencies from 12 to 17, and was predominantly made up from parts of North Down. At its creation the constituency was formed from the local government district of Ards, and the Castlereagh districts of Beechill, Fourwinds, Hillfoot, Lower Braniel, Minnowburn, Moneyreagh, Newtownbreda, and Upper Braniel.[2]

In 1995, the Commission controversially recommended abolishing the constituency and dividing it between North Down and new constituencies of Mid Down, and Castlereagh and Newtownards. This was successfully opposed in local enquiries and from the 1997 general election it was made up of parts of the districts of Ards, Castlereagh and Down.

Despite the name the seat does not currently contain the town of Strangford which is instead a part of South Down.

For the 2010 general election the electoral wards which make up the constituency are:[3]

  • Ballygowan, Ballyrainey, Ballywalter, Ballyhalbert, Bradshaw's Brae, Carrowdore, Central, Comber East, Comber North, Comber West, Glen, Gregstown, Killinchy, Kircubbin, Lisbane, Loughries, Movilla, Portaferry, Portavogie, Scrabo and Whitespots, from the Ards district.
  • From the Down district; Ballymaglave, Ballynahinch East, Derryboy, Killyleagh, Kilmore and Saintfield
  • The Moneyreagh ward from Castlereagh district

HistoryEdit

For the history of the equivalent constituencies prior to 1950 please see Down (UK Parliament constituency) and from 1950 until 1983, please see North Down.

The constituency has been represented by Unionist candidates since it was formed. There have not been significant votes for parties outside the traditional unionist block, although as the Alliance has saved its deposit in every election.

The main interest in elections has been the contest between the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Until 2001, the UUP were clearly ahead of the DUP in the Westminster elections, but elections to regional assemblies and local government were much closer. In 2001 the sitting MP John Taylor stood down and the contest to succeed him was fierce. The seat was won by Iris Robinson for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the subsequent 2003 assembly election saw the DUP increase their vote further.

Members of ParliamentEdit

The first Member of Parliament for the seat was John Taylor of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP). After the 2001 general election, he was succeeded by Iris Robinson (the wife of Peter Robinson) of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Robinson resigned in January 2010 after a scandal involving financial dealings.[4] However, no by-election was held, as the next general election was held in May.

Election Member[5] Party
1983 John David Taylor Ulster Unionist
2001 Iris Robinson Democratic Unionist*
2010 Jim Shannon Democratic Unionist

* Note: Iris Robinson left the DUP shortly before taking Chiltern Hundreds to leave the Commons. The seat was vacant from 13 January 2010 until the general election on 6 May 2010.

Election resultsEdit

Elections in the 2010sEdit

General election 2017: Strangford[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DUP Jim Shannon 24,036 62.0 +17.6
Alliance Kellie Armstrong 5,693 14.7 +0.9
UUP Mike Nesbitt 4,419 11.4 −2.9
SDLP Joe Boyle 2,404 6.2 −0.7
Sinn Féin Carole Murphy 1,083 2.8 +0.2
Green (NI) Ricky Bamford 607 1.6 N/A
NI Conservatives Claire Hiscott 507 1.3 −5.1
Majority 18,343 47.3 +17.3
Turnout 38,749 60.4 +7.6
Registered electors 64,327
DUP hold Swing +8.39
General election 2015: Strangford[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DUP Jim Shannon 15,053 44.4 −1.5
UUP Robert Burgess 4,868 14.3 −13.5
Alliance Kellie Armstrong 4,687 13.8 +5.1
SDLP Joe Boyle 2,335 6.9 +0.2
UKIP Joe Jordan[10] 2,237 6.6 N/A
NI Conservatives Johnny Andrews[11] 2,167 6.4 N/A
TUV Stephen Cooper 1,701 5.0 −0.6
Sinn Féin Sheila Bailie 876 2.6 −1.0
Majority 10,185 30.0 +11.9
Turnout 33,924 52.8 −0.9
Registered electors 64,289
DUP hold Swing +6.0
General election 2010: Strangford[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DUP Jim Shannon 14,926 45.9 −8.8
UCU-NF Mike Nesbitt 9,050 27.8 +2.6
Alliance Deborah Girvan 2,828 8.7 +0.5
SDLP Claire Hanna 2,164 6.7 −1.8
TUV Terry Williams 1,814 5.6 +5.6
Sinn Féin Michael Coogan 1,161 3.6 −0.1
Green (NI) Barbara Haig 562 1.7 +1.7
Majority 5,876 18.1 -17.4
Turnout 32.505 53.7 −3.4
Registered electors 60,539
DUP hold Swing -7.6

Elections in the 2000sEdit

General election 2005: Strangford[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DUP Iris Robinson 20,921 56.5 +13.7
UUP Gareth McGimpsey 7,872 21.3 −19.0
Alliance Kieran McCarthy 3,332 9.0 +2.3
SDLP Joe Boyle 2,496 6.7 +0.6
NI Conservatives Terry Dick 1,462 3.9 N/A
Sinn Féin Dermot Kennedy 949 2.6 +0.4
Majority 13,049 35.2 +32.7
Turnout 37,032 53.6 -6.3
Registered electors 68,570
DUP hold Swing +16.4
General election 2001: Strangford[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DUP Iris Robinson 18,532 42.8 +12.6
UUP David McNarry 17,422 40.3 −4.0
Alliance Kieran McCarthy 2,902 6.7 −6.4
SDLP Danny McCarthy 2,646 6.1 −0.6
Sinn Féin Liam Johnston 930 2.2 +0.9
NI Unionist Cedric Wilson 822 1.9 N/A
Majority 1,110 2.5 N/A
Turnout 43,254 59.9 +0.4
Registered electors 72,192
DUP gain from UUP Swing -8.3

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General election 1997: Strangford[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP John David Taylor 18,431 44.3 +0.7
DUP Iris Robinson 12,579 30.2 +6.5
Alliance Kieran McCarthy 5,467 13.1 −3.8
SDLP Peter O'Reilly 2,775 6.7 N/A
NI Conservatives Gilbert Chalk 1,743 4.2 −10.9
Sinn Féin Garret O'Fachtna 503 1.2 N/A
Natural Law Sarah Mullins 121 0.3 −0.4
Majority 5,852 14.1 −5.8
Turnout 41,619 59.5 −5.5
Registered electors 70,073
UUP hold Swing -7.6
Notional 1992 Election Result: Strangford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP N/A 20,473 49.0 N/A
DUP N/A 8,295 19.9 N/A
Alliance N/A 6,736 16.1 N/A
NI Conservatives N/A 5,945 14.2 N/A
Others N/A 295 0.7 N/A
Majority 12,178 29.2 N/A
General election 1992: Strangford[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP John David Taylor 19,517 43.6 −32.3
DUP Sammy Wilson 10,606 23.7 N/A
Alliance Kieran McCarthy 7,585 16.9 −3.4
NI Conservatives Stephen John Arthur Eyre 6,782 15.1 N/A
Natural Law David Shaw 295 0.7 N/A
Majority 8,911 19.9 -35.7
Turnout 44,785 65.0 +7.4
Registered electors 68,901
UUP hold Swing

Elections in the 1980sEdit

General election 1987: Strangford[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP John David Taylor 28,199 75.9 +27.1
Alliance Addie Morrow 7,553 20.3 +4.5
Workers' Party Imelda Elizabeth Hynds 1,385 3.7 N/A
Majority 20,646 55.6 +36.8
Turnout 37,137 57.6 -7.3
Registered electors 64,429
UUP hold Swing
1986 Strangford by-election[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP John David Taylor 32,627 94.2 +45.4
"For the Anglo-Irish Agreement" "Peter Barry" (Wesley Robert Williamson)[19] 1,993 5.8 N/A
Majority 30,634 88.5 +69.7
Turnout 34,620 55.0 -9.9
Registered electors 62,854
UUP hold Swing
General election 1983: Strangford[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP John David Taylor 19,086 48.8 N/A
DUP Simpson Gibson 11,716 30.0 N/A
Alliance Addie Morrow 6,171 15.8 N/A
SDLP James Curry 1,713 4.4 N/A
Independent Labour Samuel Raymond Heath 430 1.1 N/A
Majority 7,370 18.8 N/A
Turnout 39,116 64.9 N/A
Registered electors 60,179
UUP win (new seat)

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ The Parliamentary Constituencies (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 National Archives
  4. ^ Iris Robinson 'to step down as MP and MLA next week' BBC News, 9 January 2010
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)
  6. ^ "Election of a Member of Parliament for the STRANGFORD Constituency - Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll". Electoral Office of Northern Ireland. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
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