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Constituency: East Londonderry


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes
67,038 1 41,278 61.57% 41,030 248

Vote Distribution

Count 1

Count Results

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Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell * DUP 19723
Dermot Nicholl Dermot Nicholl SF 10881
Stephanie Quigley Stephanie Quigley SDLP 4423
Richard Holmes Richard Holmes UUP 3135
Chris McCaw Chris McCaw AP 2538
Liz St Clair-Legge Liz St Clair-Legge CON 330
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Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell * DUP 19723
Dermot Nicholl Dermot Nicholl SF 10881
Stephanie Quigley Stephanie Quigley SDLP 4423
Richard Holmes Richard Holmes UUP 3135
Chris McCaw Chris McCaw AP 2538
Liz St Clair-Legge Liz St Clair-Legge CON 330

Constituency Profile

The outcome of the election in  East Londonderry is perhaps the most predictable on all 18 constituencies which should see the DUP's Gregory Campbell returned as MP.

A whopping 14,663 votes were cast for this DUP giant which represented 42% of the total votes cast - an impressive increase of 7.6% on the previous election.

It is difficult to see how anyone will oust him from his seat which he has held since 2001 when he took it from the Ulster Unionist's William Ross.

The overwhelming majority of voters in this constituency are from the Unionist tradition but changes to the boundary in 2010 brought the mainly nationalist Banagher and Claudy into the mix.

While there are no prizes for second place in the fight for a Westminster seat, this is where the drama and interest will be.

Just a few weeks ago during the Assembly Election count at Foyle Arena more than a few eyebrows were raised when Sinn Fein's Caoimhe Archibald topped the poll with 5,851 votes - over 400 more that the DUP's Maurice Bradley.

Ms Archibald was Sinn Fein's Westminster candidate in 2015 when she polled a respectable 6,859 and the party's vote has steadily increased in every election since 2010 so it will be interesting to see if this climb continues.

There are six candidates running in East Derry and while the DUP, Alliance and Conservatives are fielding candidates who have all contested the Westminster seat previously, the UUP, Sinn Fein and SDLP candidates may not be so familiar to the electorate.

The UUP's Richard Holmes, Sinn Fein's Dermot Nicholl and the SDLP's Stephanie Quigley are all sitting councillors with Causeway Coast and Glens Council but none of them are particularly high profile or controversial figures.

It will be interesting to see if the electorate come out in the same number as they did for the Assembly election or if it will be a case of staying at home in the knowledge that the result is pretty much a foregone conclusion.

On the Ballot

Gregory Campbell

Gregory Campbell (Outgoing)

Democratic Unionist Party

Gregory Campbell was first elected to Londonderry City Council in 1981 and represented the Waterside DEA until he stepped down in March 2011. He was also elected to the 1982 Assembly representing Co Londonderry, and the Northern Ireland Forum for Political Dialogue in 1996. He was first elected as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 representing the East Londonderry constituency and served as the Minister for Regional Development in 2000 - 2001. He also served as the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure in 2008 - 2009. He remained a member of the Assembly until he stepped down at the 2016 Assembly election. Mr Campbell was elected as the MP for East Londonderry in 2001 and was re-elected in 2005, 2010 and 2015. He has been the security spokesman for the DUP since 1994.

Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes

Ulster Unionist Party

Richard Holmes has been a member of the Ulster Unionist Party since 1991. The Managing Director of an Antrim based manufacturer, he serves on the Causeway Coast & Glens Council, representing the Bann DEA. Raised on a family farm near Garvagh, he is an Agricultural Economics & Management graduate of QUB, with an MBA from UUJ.

Chris McCaw

Chris McCaw

Alliance Party

An economic development consultant originally from Coleraine, Chris McCaw has lived in Germany, England and Dublin where he worked in sales for an IT company. He is a member of the IBD Patient Panel at Causeway Hospital, Coleraine. Since joining Alliance in 2014, he has been secretary of the East Derry Association and vice chair of Alliance LGBT. He is is in favour of a post-Brexit settlement that protects freedom of movement and single market access.

Dermot Nicholl

Dermot Nicholl

Sinn Fein

Councillor Dermot Nicholl first entered local politics in 2011, when he was elected to the former Limavady Borough Council. The Sinn Fein Causeway Coast and Glens councillor represents the Benbradagh DEA.

Stephanie Quigley

Stephanie Quigley

Social Democratic and Labour Party

Stephanie Quigley was born and lives in Coleraine. She worked for 20 years within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust as a state registered Podiatrist before becoming a councillor in 2013. She was elected to the newly formed Causeway Coast and Glens Council, representing the Coleraine DEA, in 2014. She has dedicated herself to the role full-time.

Liz St Clair-Legge

Liz St Clair-Legge

Conservatives

Liz St Clair-Legge is a public policy researcher with a degree in Economics from the LSE. She currently works as Director of Development for the Conservative Women’s Organisation. She is a volunteer with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, an organisation that works in post-conflict countries to help strengthen their democratic processes. She has most frequently worked in the Balkans and countries in Africa.


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