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Constituency: East Antrim


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes
62,908 1 38,269 60.83% 38,143 126

Vote Distribution

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Sammy Wilson Sammy Wilson * DUP 21873
Stewart Dickson Stewart Dickson AP 5950
John Stewart John Stewart UUP 4524
Oliver McMullan Oliver McMullan SF 3555
Margaret McKillop Margaret McKillop SDLP 1278
Mark Logan Mark Logan CON 963
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Sammy Wilson Sammy Wilson * DUP 21873
Stewart Dickson Stewart Dickson AP 5950
John Stewart John Stewart UUP 4524
Oliver McMullan Oliver McMullan SF 3555
Margaret McKillop Margaret McKillop SDLP 1278
Mark Logan Mark Logan CON 963

Constituency Profile

Despite his views on breastfeeding in public and a row over his alleged comments on ethnic minorities, the DUP will be feeling confident that larger-than-life candidate Sammy Wilson will once again emerge triumphant in the East Antrim constituency.

In 2015, the outspoken DUP representative topped the poll with 12,103 votes, equivalent to 36.1% of the vote and nearly twice that of the next most popular candidate, the UUP’s Roy Beggs.

While Mr Beggs garnered a respectable 6,308 votes in the contest, representing 18.8%, he is not taking part in the race.

Instead, the party has chosen to put forward relative newcomer John Stewart, a former councillor on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council who clinched his first Assembly seat in March.

Then, Mr Stewart was the last candidate to be elected, while Mr Beggs got through on the sixth count. The party will be hoping that his fresh-faced appeal will be enough to make up for the loss of Mr Beggs’ high electoral profile.

Also running again for Westminster will be veteran Sinn Fein representative Oliver McMullan, who lost his Stormont seat to Mr Stewart in March.

In the 2015 General Election, Mr McMullan achieved nearly 2,314 votes, equivalent to 6.9%, but will have to consolidate this substantially if he is to threaten Mr Wilson’s form this time round.

Alliance party stalwart Stewart Dickson, who was recently re-elected to Stormont, is once again representing his party’s interests at Westminster in the East Antrim constituency.

Two years ago, Mr Dickson polled well, with 5,021 total votes, a share of 15% of votes cast.

However, like Mr McMullan, he will likely need to make substantial headway to put a dent in Mr Wilson’s winning form.

Also running again this year is the SDLP’s Margaret Anne McKillop, who claimed just under 5% of the vote in 2015, and Mark Logan will represent the Conservative party.

On the Ballot

Stewart Dickson

Stewart Dickson

Alliance Party

Stewart Dickson, who was a member of Carrickfergus Borough Council for over 30 years, remains an MLA after being first elected to the Assembly in 2011. He has served as chief whip of the party's Assembly group and a member of the Justice and regional Development Committees. He was also vice chair of the all party groups on diabetes international development. A peace campaigner, he has worked with groups including Counteract and the Peace People and was previously a senior employment relations manager in the Labour Relations Agency. Mr Dickson is an elder in Greenisland Presbyterian Church.

Mark Logan

Mark Logan

Conservatives

The Political Vice-Chair for the County Antrim Conservatives, Mark Logan has represented the UK as Chief Spokesman at the Foreign Office’s British Consulate in Shanghai, China. He holds further senior roles at the University of Oxford where he is completing postgraduate studies.

Margaret McKillop

Margaret McKillop

Social Democratic and Labour Party

Margaret Anne McKillop has been a Councillor on Moyle Council representing the Glens since 2011. She gained a seat on the restructured Causeway Coast and Glens Council in the May 2014 local council elections. She is married with three children and is an active member of the Glens community.

Oliver McMullan

Oliver McMullan

Sinn Fein

Oliver McMullan first entered politics in 1993 when he topped the poll in Moyle District Council as an independent. He joined Sinn Fein in 2003 and two years later became the first Sinn Fein chairman of the council. He was also the first Sinn Fein representative to sit on the NEELB. In 2011, he was elected as an MLA for East Antrim - a seat he lost to the UUP's John Stewart earlier this year.

John Stewart

John Stewart

Ulster Unionist Party

Before his election to the Northern Ireland Assembly for East Antrim in 2017, John Stewart served as a Councillor representing Carrickfergus since 2011. He is the Sales Director of his family business, Robinson’s Shoemakers based in Carrickfergus town centre. Mr Stewart graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in History. In 2016 he published his first book, The Carrickfergus Roll of Honour.

Sammy Wilson

Sammy Wilson (Outgoing)

Democratic Unionist Party

Sammy Wilson has held public office since 1981, when he was first elected to Belfast City Council on which he served until 2010. He was Lord Mayor twice, in 1986/87 and 2000/01. In 1998 he was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly representing East Belfast and was subsequently returned in 2003, 2007 and 2011 for the East Antrim Constituency. In 2007 Mr Wilson was appointed to serve as the Chairman of the Education Committee before becoming Environment Minister in June 2008 and later, Finance Minister from July 2009 until August 2013. He stepped down from the Assembly in 2015. Mr Wilson was elected as the MP for East Antrim in 2005 and was re-elected again in 2010 and 2015.


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