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Constituency: Belfast South


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes
66,105 1 43,851 66.34% 43,705 146

Vote Distribution

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Count Results

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Emma Little-Pengelly Emma Little-Pengelly DUP 13299
Alasdair McDonnell Alasdair McDonnell * SDLP 11303
Paula Bradshaw Paula Bradshaw AP 7946
Mairtin O Muilleoir Mairtin O Muilleoir SF 7143
Clare Bailey Clare Bailey GRN 2241
Michael Henderson Michael Henderson UUP 1527
Clare Salier Clare Salier CON 246
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Emma Little-Pengelly Emma Little-Pengelly DUP 13299
Alasdair McDonnell Alasdair McDonnell * SDLP 11303
Paula Bradshaw Paula Bradshaw AP 7946
Mairtin O Muilleoir Mairtin O Muilleoir SF 7143
Clare Bailey Clare Bailey GRN 2241
Michael Henderson Michael Henderson UUP 1527
Clare Salier Clare Salier CON 246

Constituency Profile

The DUP is going great guns in an attempt to capture South Belfast back for unionism.

There are reports Peter Robinson has come out of mothballs to take over as campaign manager for candidate Emma Little Pengelly, the former Junior Minister.

But Sinn Fein is also confident in a first-past-the-post context its standard bearer Mairtin O Muilleoir can emerge victorious, re-doubling the resurgent republican message from the Assembly elections.

But both the unionist and republican camps know they can never underestimate the sitting tenant, former SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell, who could once again come through the middle of the two sectarian blocs particularly with tactical votes from perhaps Alliance and Green supporters, among others.

Though traditionally a unionist citadel, where the Ulster Unionists’ Rev Martin Smyth carried all before him for 22 years, nationalist McDonnell has now held the seat, which takes in the southern quarter of Belfast City Council and adjacent parts of Lisburn and Castlereagh District Council, since 2005.

But the DUP was the largest party in the Assembly election (a 20.8% share) and believes a good cross-section of the UUP vote (9%) will heed their ‘wake up call’ for unionism in the aftermath of SF’s Stormont advances and loan the DUP a vote this time, even if some have to hold their nose to do so.

Yet South Belfast has a more middle class population in economic terms, where 37% of working age adults are engaged in professional or managerial occupations, which is thought likely to assist the SDLP and McDonnell also has the incumbency factor in his favour.

Ulster Unionist Michael Henderson will be hoping to improve on the performance of Rodney McCune and other UUP candidates from recent years but, along with Clare Bailey, deputy leader of the Greens, and despite her high profile, and the lesser-known Clare Salier of the Conservatives, seems likely to be squeezed between the Big Beasts.

On the Ballot

Clare Bailey

Clare Bailey

Green Party

A passionate supporter of women’s rights and well-known equality campaigner, Clare Bailey is Deputy leader of the Green Party and was elected as a South Belfast MLA in 2016 and again in 2017. Ms Bailey was a founder pupil of Lagan College, Northern Ireland’s first integrated school, and completed a BA in politics with cultural and media studies at Queen’s University, where she was elected mature students’ officer.

Paula Bradshaw

Paula Bradshaw

Alliance Party

Paula Bradshaw was elected to Belfast City Council in May 2014 before standing for the Alliance Party in the 2015 Westminster election. She was successfully elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly to represent the people of South Belfast in 2016 and again in 2017.

Michael Henderson

Michael Henderson

Ulster Unionist Party

Michael Henderson is a UUP representative sitting on the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, representing the Castlereagh South district.

Emma Little-Pengelly

Emma Little-Pengelly

Democratic Unionist Party

Emma Little-Pengelly was co-opted to the Northern Ireland Assembly in September 2015 to represent South Belfast, replacing Jimmy Spratt. She was successfully elected in 2016 but lost her seat earlier this year. A former special advisor in the Office of the First Minister, she studied law at Queen’s University and has also worked as a barrister.

Alasdair McDonnell

Alasdair McDonnell (Outgoing)

Social Democratic and Labour Party

Born in Cushendall, Alasdair McDonnell lives in the South Belfast constituency which he has served as an MP since 2005 when he became the first Nationalist Westminster candidate to be elected there. His political career started in 1977 when he was elected to Belfast City Council where he served as a local Councillor until 2001. A former Deputy Mayor of Belfast and MLA, he also served as Party Leader from 2011 - 2015.

Mairtin O Muilleoir

Mairtin O Muilleoir

Sinn Fein

Mairtin O Muilleoir was elected for Sinn Fein in the Stormont Assembly elections in May 2016 and March 2017 as a representative for South Belfast. The former Finance Minister and Lord Mayor of Belfast was co-opted into the Assembly in 2014. A publisher and businessman, he remains a Director of the Belfast Media Group. A keen runner and Irish language activist, Mr O Muilleoir is a recipient of the Tolerntia Laureate Award for his support of the LGBT community.

Clare Salier

Clare Salier

Conservatives

Clare Salier was born in Belfast and brought up in Yorkshire and Scotland. She is a local councillor in Wandsworth where she is the Executive member responsible for Housing. She successfully campaigned for a borough wide 20mph limit and safer road crossings. She is a mother of three young sons.


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