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Constituency: Belfast West


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes
62,423 1 40,830 65.41% 40,633 197

Vote Distribution

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Count Results

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Paul  Maskey Paul Maskey * SF 27107
Frank McCoubrey Frank McCoubrey DUP 5455
Gerry Carroll Gerry Carroll PBPA 4132
Tim Attwood Tim Attwood SDLP 2860
Sorcha Eastwood Sorcha Eastwood AP 731
Conor Campbell Conor Campbell WP 348
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Paul  Maskey Paul Maskey * SF 27107
Frank McCoubrey Frank McCoubrey DUP 5455
Gerry Carroll Gerry Carroll PBPA 4132
Tim Attwood Tim Attwood SDLP 2860
Sorcha Eastwood Sorcha Eastwood AP 731
Conor Campbell Conor Campbell WP 348

Constituency Profile

As one of Sinn Fein’s safest seats, with a majority of more than 12,000 votes at the last General Election in 2015, West Belfast is arguably the most predictable of Northern Ireland’s constituencies.

The changeover of Gerry Adams to Paul Maskey saw this massive majority slimmed down a bit, but the republican party’s hold remains iron tight.

However, the growing vote of People Before Profit is a thorn in Sinn Fein’s side, particularly in terms of what any further increase could mean for the next Assembly election.

Gerry Carroll of People Before Profit has grown his vote from just 1,661 in the 2011 Assembly poll to 6,798 at the last Westminster election and 8,299 in the 2016 Assembly election.

The People Before Profit vote appeared to dip slightly at the Assembly election earlier this year however Sinn Fein appear to treat them as a credible threat, with claims by Mr Carroll that he had been the victim of smear by his rival’s supporters, with accusations that he is a “Brit”.

Of the other parties, the SDLP will be hoping to bolster its vote following the heartache in March of losing its only MLA in the constituency when Alex Attwood was edged out with the shrinking of the number of seats from six to five. The SDLP is running councillor Tim Attwood on this occasion.

Unionism will be represented by just one candidate in this election in the shape of the DUP’s Frank McCoubrey. His vote may increase with the absence of the UUP, Ukip and Conservatives this time.

The Alliance Party will also be angling to increase its vote from the 636 votes they got at the last Westminster election by running Sorcha Eastwood.

Meanwhile the Workers Party is running Conor Campbell this year and will no doubt hope to capitalise on an anti-austerity mood in this comparatively pared down field with just six candidates, down from nine in 2015.

On the Ballot

Tim Attwood

Tim Attwood

Social Democratic and Labour Party

Councillor Tim Attwood has been a political activist in the SDLP for 25 years. He was elected to Belfast City Council in 1995 and is the leader of the SDLP Group, representing the Blackmountain DEA in West Belfast. He has served on many public bodies and is the Belfast Chair of the Forum for Cities in Transition which brings together protagonists from divided cities in the promotion of peace-making and reconciliation.

Conor Campbell

Conor Campbell

The Workers Party

Conor Campbell contested his first election in the West Belfast constituency in 2016. The main focus of his campaign is opposition to austerity policies. He is also calling for better mental health provision and more help for those dealing with the effects of drugs.

Gerry Carroll

Gerry Carroll

People Before Profit Alliance

Gerry Carroll was re-elected as an MLA for West Belfast earlier this year after topping the poll in this Sinn Fein stronghold in the 2016 Assembly election. A staunch socialist he has also represented the Black Mountain electoral area on Belfast City Council where he described himself as "a thorn in the side, disturber of the political peace". A long-time activist, he travelled to Edinburgh for the Make Poverty History protest, aged just 16. He studied politics at Ulster University and was president of the Students Union.

Sorcha Eastwood

Sorcha Eastwood

Alliance Party

Sorcha Eastwood is a former pupil of St Dominic's High School and graduate of UUJ. She has an HR management background, working previously for the NHS and now in the manufacturing sector. She is passionate about addressing youth unemployment and says she is a strong advocate for the urgent improvement our mental health services need.

Paul  Maskey

Paul Maskey (Outgoing)

Sinn Fein

Paul Maskey was elected as an abstentionist MP for West Belfast in the 2011 by-election, replacing party president Gerry Adams. He was re-elected again in the 2015 General Election. A republican activist, he was first elected to Belfast City Council in 2001 and remained on the council until 2009. In 2007 he was first elected to the Stormont Assembly for West Belfast and was re-elected in 2011 before vacating his Assembly seat the following year.

Frank McCoubrey

Frank McCoubrey

Democratic Unionist Party

A Belfast City Councillor since 1997, Frank McCoubrey has been Deputy Lord Mayor and High Sheriff of Belfast. He sits on the People and Communities Committee and is also on the board of Belfast Harbour Commissioners. Mr McCoubrey, who was formerly a member of the Ulster Democratic Party and then an independent councillor, joined the DUP in 2012. He's well known throughout the Greater Shankill area for his community work, particularly on housing and education issues.


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