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Constituency: Belfast North


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes
68,249 1 46,107 67.56% 45,936 171

Vote Distribution

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Count Results

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Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds * DUP 21240
John Finucane John Finucane SF 19159
Sam Nelson Sam Nelson AP 2475
Martin McAuley Martin McAuley SDLP 2058
Malachai O'Hara Malachai O'Hara GRN 644
Gemma Weir Gemma Weir WP 360
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Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds * DUP 21240
John Finucane John Finucane SF 19159
Sam Nelson Sam Nelson AP 2475
Martin McAuley Martin McAuley SDLP 2058
Malachai O'Hara Malachai O'Hara GRN 644
Gemma Weir Gemma Weir WP 360

Constituency Profile

If South Belfast is where the DUP thinks it can achieve a new notch on the bedpost, Sinn Fein believes the north of the city is where it can take a scalp, finally knocking the unionist party’s deputy leader Nigel Dodds off his perch after a decade and a half.

Dodds has presided over the constituency, which takes in the northern quarter of Belfast City Council and adjacent parts of Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council, since 2001 when he defeated the Ulster Unionist Cecil Walker who had represented North Belfast since 1983.

But Sinn Fein has been closing the gap over recent years, mostly through Gerry Kelly but believes it can finally get over the line in the context of a first-past-the-post system with John Finucane, whose famous solicitor father was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in 1989, as its candidate.

Census figures in recent years have also shown Catholics are now in a majority in the constituency which includes areas of sharp deprivation and sectarian interfaces like Ardoyne.

Sinn Fein has been on a resurgence roll before and since the Assembly election and believes Finucane can further spread its support base, particularly with an SDLP candidate in press officer Martin McAuley who does not enjoy the same local profile as Nichola Mallon or, not so long ago, Alban Maginness.

But Dodds argues Mr Finucane follows the same “extreme republican ideology” and his track record will stand the DUP deputy leader in good stead. Ulster Unionists are sitting this one out, partly in recognition of the task facing Dodds but part of their vote could go to Sam Nelson of Alliance and Malachi O’Hara of the Greens. Gemma Weir is running for the Workers Party.

On the Ballot

Nigel Dodds

Nigel Dodds (Outgoing)

Democratic Unionist Party

Nigel Dodds is Deputy Leader of the DUP. He has been an MP for North Belfast since 2001 and leads the DUP team at Westminster. He is a member of Her Majesty's Privy Council. He previously represented North Belfast in the Northern Ireland Assembly, holding several Ministerial posts, and on Belfast City Council, serving twice as Lord Mayor.

John Finucane

John Finucane

Sinn Fein

The son of a Belfast solicitor murdered by loyalist paramilitaries and a solicitor himself, John Finucane bids to become the first nationalist MP for North Belfast. His father Pat Finucane was killed by loyalists in front of his wife and three children at their north Belfast home in February 1989. The murder has long been considered one of the most controversial killings of the Troubles, after the security forces colluded with gunmen from the UDA. The Finucane family have long campaigned for a public inquiry into the murder.

Martin McAuley

Martin McAuley

Social Democratic and Labour Party

The 26-year-old law graduate from Ardoyne has served as a constituency adviser to Conall McDevitt and more recently as the SDLP’s Press Officer. A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and St Malachy’s College, Martin McAuley has served on the board of local housing associations in North Belfast and has a background in young people’s rights.

Sam Nelson

Sam Nelson

Alliance Party

Born and bred in North Belfast, party campaigns officer Sam Nelson says he is passionate about healing division and delivering progressive politics for everyone. Previously a member of the Board of Governors of a local school, he has a history of fighting for a shared and integrated society.

Malachai O'Hara

Malachai O'Hara

Green Party

A campaigner for LGBT equality, equal marriage and suicide prevention, Malachai O'Hara is a senior manager with the Rainbow Project where he coordinates health and wellbeing services in partnership with community, voluntary and statutory agencies. He has a particular focus on emotional health and well-being and previously worked in health promotion.

Gemma Weir

Gemma Weir

The Workers Party

Gemma Weir stood for the Workers Party in the 2015 Westminster election and the 2016 and 2017 Northern Ireland Assembly elections. The committed socialist is campaigning for an anti-sectarian society and a secular and publicly-funded education system. Other key issues for her are women's rights, racism and homophobia. She was heavily involved in the Stop the Drill group which campaigned to stop an exploratory oil well at Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus.


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