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Constituency: Strangford


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes
64,327 1 38,826 60.36% 38,749 77

Vote Distribution

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Count Results

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Jim  Shannon Jim Shannon * DUP 24036
Kellie Armstrong Kellie Armstrong AP 5693
Mike Nesbitt Mike Nesbitt UUP 4419
Joe Boyle Joe Boyle SDLP 2404
Carole  Murphy Carole Murphy SF 1083
Ricky Bamford Ricky Bamford GRN 607
Claire Hiscott Claire Hiscott CON 507
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Jim  Shannon Jim Shannon * DUP 24036
Kellie Armstrong Kellie Armstrong AP 5693
Mike Nesbitt Mike Nesbitt UUP 4419
Joe Boyle Joe Boyle SDLP 2404
Carole  Murphy Carole Murphy SF 1083
Ricky Bamford Ricky Bamford GRN 607
Claire Hiscott Claire Hiscott CON 507

Constituency Profile

The DUP’s “wake up call” to unionism following Sinn Fein’s runaway success in the Assembly Election can only help secure Jim Shannon in the seat he has held since 2010, when he replaced Iris Robinson.

As the resigning leader of a declining party, not to mention the recent sensational pictures in which he was sprawled across the foyer floor of the Stormont Hotel, the UUP standard-bearer Mike Nesbitt can probably be expected to siphon some votes to the Shannon camp.

Shannon consolidated his majority in the last General Election two years ago due to a more than 13 % slump in the UUP vote when the candidate was Robert Burgess - although his vote also split almost equally to Alliance’s Kellie Armstrong, who is back in the frame, and the Conservatives’ veteran Johnny Andrews, now replaced by Claire Hiscott.

Nonetheless the DUP share of the vote has gone down from a whopping almost 55 % in 2005 to just over 44 % last time out and in 2010, when Nesbitt was last the candidate, he polled nearly 10,000 votes - well shy of Shannon’s almost 15,000 but still a vote share approaching 28%.

It is a constituency, taking in parts of three councils (the southern half of North Down and Ards District Council, the Saintfield area of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and a corner of Lisburn and Castlereagh District Council) in which the nationalist contest between Sinn Fein’s Carole Murphy and Joe Boyle for the SDLP is essentially a sideshow, and the remainder will be shared between Ricky Bamford for the Greens and Claire Hiscott of the Conservatives.

On the Ballot

Kellie Armstrong

Kellie Armstrong

Alliance Party

Kellie Armstrong is the Vice chair of the Alliance Party. She was first elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in May 2016 and was re-elected in March 2017. She is the party's infrastructure spokesperson. She is a director in Northern Ireland for the Community Transport Association. She previously ran PACT (Peninsula Community Transport) and was a member of Cloughey & District Community Association. Ms Armstrong has fundraised for cancer charities and campaigned to save local playgrounds.

Ricky Bamford

Ricky Bamford

Green Party

Ricky Bamford has worked for 30 years for the voluntary sector in housing and homelessness and says she has witnessed first hand the results of division and inequality.

Joe Boyle

Joe Boyle

Social Democratic and Labour Party

First elected in 2005 to Ards Borough Council, Joe Boyle has chaired several committes and is also vice chair of the NI local Government Partnership On Travellers’ Issues, as well as sitting on several other local government bodies. He has been in business for 30 years in Portaferry and is involved with the GAA as an administrator at club and county level.

Claire Hiscott

Claire Hiscott

Conservatives

Claire Hiscott is a Conservative councillor for the Horfield ward in Bristol and a pharmacist within the NHS.

Carole  Murphy

Carole Murphy

Sinn Fein

Mike Nesbitt

Mike Nesbitt

Ulster Unionist Party

The former UUP leader was first elected to Stormont in 2011. He was re-elected in Strangford in 2016 and again in 2017, but quit the leadership of his party immediately after it underperformed in the March Assembly poll. He had a long and high profile career as a journalist and broadcaster with the BBC and UTV, before moving into public relations. He was appointed a Victims' Commissioner in 2008, but stood down to become a politician. He was born in Belfast and is a graduate of Cambridge University. Mr Nesbitt is married to the former UTV presenter Lynda Bryans.

Jim  Shannon

Jim Shannon (Outgoing)

Democratic Unionist Party

Jim Shannon was first elected to Ards Borough Council in 1985 and served as Mayor in 1991/92. He was elected as a member of the Northern Ireland Forum for Political Dialogue in 1996 until it completed its work in 1998. He was subsequently elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly representing Strangford. He was re-elected in 2003 and 2007, stepping down from the Assembly in 2010 after he was elected to Westminster. He was re-elected as MP in 2015.


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