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Constituency: Mid Ulster


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes
68,485 1 46,975 68.59% 46,694 281

Vote Distribution

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Count Results

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Francie Molloy Francie Molloy * SF 25455
Keith Buchanan Keith Buchanan DUP 12565
Malachy Quinn Malachy Quinn SDLP 4563
Mark Glasgow Mark Glasgow UUP 3017
Fay Watson Fay Watson AP 1094
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Francie Molloy Francie Molloy * SF 25455
Keith Buchanan Keith Buchanan DUP 12565
Malachy Quinn Malachy Quinn SDLP 4563
Mark Glasgow Mark Glasgow UUP 3017
Fay Watson Fay Watson AP 1094

Constituency Profile

Can anyone get close to Francie Molloy in what is now a nationalist/republican stronghold in Mid Ulster? It's highly unlikely.

The veteran Sinn Fein MP polled nearly half the votes cast in the constituency two years ago, and is defending a seemingly unassailable majority of over 13,000.

The absence of a pact between the two big unionist parties in this constituency means that both will field candidates, just as they did in the 2015 election when Sandra Overend of the UUP earned the unionist bragging rights by polling in second place with 6,318, several hundred ahead of the DUP's Ian McCrea.

2017, however, hasn’t been a good year politically for the mother of three, who lost her Stormont seat in the Assembly elections. And, in a surprise move, the UUP choose young Cookstown councillor Mark Glasgow to be their Westminster candidate this time around.

MLA Keith Buchanan, who breezed through the Assembly election, will fly the DUP flag.

Local councillor Malachy Quinn will have another outing as the SDLP candidate, having garnered over 5,000 votes last time, while Alliance's Fay Watson will be hoping for a four-figure yield – something her predecessor Eric Bullick failed to achieve in 2015.

Ms Watson, an advocate of women's breastfeeding rights, made headlines during the Assembly election when she was refused entry into the Mid Ulster counting centre in Ballymena because of her six-month-old baby son Charlie.

Common sense prevailed and she eventually got in – but Westminster's front door will be a more formidable obstacle.

On the Ballot

Keith Buchanan

Keith Buchanan

Democratic Unionist Party

Keith Buchanan is involved with the Loyal Orders and several community, youth and sporting groups. He previously worked with a major food processing company in the Dungannon area. He attends his local church and says he believes strongly in the moral issues that the party has taken a strong stance on. The MLA was first elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in May 2016 and was re-elected in March 2017.

Mark Glasgow

Mark Glasgow

Ulster Unionist Party

Mark Glasgow attended Orritor Primary School and Cookstown High School. He is a member of Montober Orange Lodge and Montober Royal Black Perceptory and is also a member of Orritor Presbyterian Church. He was elected to Mid Ulster District Council in 2014 to represent Cookstown DEA.

Francie Molloy

Francie Molloy (Outgoing)

Sinn Fein

Francie Molloy was first elected onto Dungannon District Council in 1985 for the Torrent area. In 1998 he joined Martin McGuinness as a Northern Ireland Assembly Member for Mid Ulster, going on to hold the position of Deputy Speaker. He was first elected to Westminster as the abstentionist MP for Mid Ulster in 2013, in the by-election replacing Martin McGuinness. He stood down as MLA the same year.

Malachy Quinn

Malachy Quinn

Social Democratic and Labour Party

Malachy Quinn, from the Washingbay Area outside Coalisland, was elected as an SDLP Councillor for Torrent in 2014. A former student of both St Mary’s and Queen’s where he received a Master’s in Irish Politics, he is a member of St. Vincent de Paul and helps to raise money for different local charities. He is also well known in local theatre circles and is a very proud GAA member.

Fay Watson

Fay Watson

Alliance Party

Fay Watson says she has dedicated her life to healthcare, as a care assistant in Cookstown at 18 to managing emergency and addiction departments. She is the Vice-Chair of the European Commission Expert Group on Drugs, a Western European Representative to the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drug Policy and a representative to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. She is campaigning to tackle the cost of childcare, which she says is putting a huge burden on families and removing women from the workforce.


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