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Constituency: Lagan Valley


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes
72,380 1 45,044 62.23% 44,926 118

Vote Distribution

Count 1

Count Results

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Jeffrey Donaldson Jeffrey Donaldson * DUP 26762
Robbie Butler Robbie Butler UUP 7533
Aaron McIntyre Aaron McIntyre AP 4996
Pat Catney Pat Catney SDLP 3384
Jacqui Russell Jacqui Russell SF 1567
Ian Nickels Ian Nickels CON 462
Jonny Orr Jonny Orr IND 222
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Jeffrey Donaldson Jeffrey Donaldson * DUP 26762
Robbie Butler Robbie Butler UUP 7533
Aaron McIntyre Aaron McIntyre AP 4996
Pat Catney Pat Catney SDLP 3384
Jacqui Russell Jacqui Russell SF 1567
Ian Nickels Ian Nickels CON 462
Jonny Orr Jonny Orr IND 222

Constituency Profile

There's a fresh face of unionism set to challenge the DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson in Lagan Valley.

Ulster Unionist and former firefighter Robbie Butler will be hoping the party can secure a larger share of the vote than Alexander Redpath's 15% in 2015.

Mr Donaldson romped home with a huge 13,000 majority to return as MP for Lagan Valley for the fifth time two years ago.

He took the safe seat with 19,055 votes, in what was the first result announced during the last General Election.

It had been smooth sailing for the Lagan Valley count, with ballot boxes landing in the leisure centre shortly after 10pm.

And Mr Donaldson increased his share, with another 2,500 votes from his 2010 win.

Newly elected SDLP MLA Pat Catney will be throwing his hat into the ring, after squeezing in the last Assembly seat just three months ago.

Independent Jonny Orr, a man who once dressed as Darth Vader, will return as a candidate.

In 2010 he managed to out-poll Tory candidate Helen Osborne. This time Ian Nickels will run for the party.

Jacqui Russell will run in the safe unionist seat for Sinn Fein, while councillor Aaron McIntyre will join the contest for Alliance — replacing sitting MLA Trevor Lunn, who ran in Lagan Valley in 2015.

Overall turnout in 2015 was 39,986, representing 56.19% of the electorate in the constituency.

On the Ballot

Robbie Butler

Robbie Butler

Ulster Unionist Party

Robbie Butler was first elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2016 to represent the constituency of Lagan Valley. He was re-elected in March 2017. Before entering politics, the MLA had served as a Fire and Rescue Officer with the Northern Ireland Fire Service. He is the Party spokesperson on mental health.

Pat Catney

Pat Catney

Social Democratic and Labour Party

Pat Catney was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in March 2017 to represent Lagan Valley. He was previously elected to Lisburn City Council in 2011. Before entering politics, Mr Catney was a well-known publican at the Kitchen Bar in Belfast. He has also helped run St Patrick’s Parochial Centre in Lisburn.

Jeffrey Donaldson

Jeffrey Donaldson (Outgoing)

Democratic Unionist Party

Jeffrey Donaldson was first elected as the MP for Lagan Valley in 1997 and he has been re-elected at every subsequent election. In 2003 he was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly and represented Lagan Valley at Stormont until he stepped down in 2010. Whilst an MLA Mr Donaldson served as Chairman of the Assembly & Executive Review Committee and subsequently as a Junior Minister in the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister with special responsibility for issues including children and young people, policy on older people and support for the victims of terrorism. He is the DUP Parliamentary Chief Whip and the spokesman on defence and business in the House of Commons.

Aaron McIntyre

Aaron McIntyre

Alliance Party

Aaron McIntyre was elected to Lisburn and Castlereagh Council in 2014, representing the Downshire East DEA. He currently sits on the boards of the Northern Ireland Museums Council and Lagan Navigation Trust. Passionate about the environment, he has been involved in the 'No Creevy Quarry' campaign.

Ian Nickels

Ian Nickels

Conservatives

Ian Nickels was born and grew up in Essex, England. In 2012 he moved to Northern Ireland and currently lives in Lisburn with his wife Sandra, a primary school teacher. He is an Accounts Assistant in a Global firm based in Lisburn, and was previously at a Global Law Firm based in Belfast.

Jonny Orr

Jonny Orr

Independent

Lisburn man Jonny Orr has previously run as an independent candidate in the council, Westminster and Assembly elections. He says he has a vision for the city and sees it as “alive and full of colour”. He previously called for the Maze Prison site to be turned into a theme park.

Jacqui Russell

Jacqui Russell

Sinn Fein


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