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Constituency: Upper Bann


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes
80,168 1 51,431 64.15% 51,258 173

Vote Distribution

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Count Results

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David  Simpson David Simpson * DUP 22317
John O'Dowd John O'Dowd SF 14325
Doug Beattie Doug Beattie UUP 7900
Declan McAlinden Declan McAlinden SDLP 4397
Tara Doyle Tara Doyle AP 2319
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David  Simpson David Simpson * DUP 22317
John O'Dowd John O'Dowd SF 14325
Doug Beattie Doug Beattie UUP 7900
Declan McAlinden Declan McAlinden SDLP 4397
Tara Doyle Tara Doyle AP 2319

Constituency Profile

The return of the SDLP’s Dolores Kelly was the most talked about story for Upper Bann in the March Assembly election.

Jo-Anne Dobson of the UUP also suffered a shock defeat, one of the many casualties at the polls the party endured following one of their worst elections in recent times.

Her colleague Doug Beattie will now stand for Westminster after he retained his Assembly seat. Initially there were expectations that Ulster Unionist veteran Danny Kennedy would be parachuted in to Upper Bann after losing his Assembly seat, but for now he will remain away from the front lines.

David Simpson for the DUP will fight to retain his seat. In 2015 he won with 15,430 votes, a relatively small margin of just over 2,000 votes ahead of Jo-Anne Dobson.

His party colleague Carla Lockhart easily topped the Assembly polls in March, showing voters in the area were not punishing the party for the RHI scandal.

Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd came a close second in the Assembly elections finishing less than 1,000 votes behind the DUP.

In the 2015 Westminster poll his colleague Catherine Seeley finished third with 11,593 votes, something Mr O’Dowd will hope to increase significantly following his strong performance in March.

Despite Dolores Kelly’s much heralded comeback in the Assembly elections, she only polled around a quarter of the votes won by the DUP in the 2015 Westminster elections.

This time her party colleague, councillor Declan McAlinden, faces overwhelming odds.

The Alliance candidate for Upper Bann is Tara Doyle, who gained 2,720 votes in the recent Assembly election - less than a third of the DUP’s poll topper Carla Lockhart.

Ms Doyle’s colleague Peter Lavery finished with 1,780 votes in the 2015 Westminster election.

On the Ballot

Doug Beattie

Doug Beattie

Ulster Unionist Party

Doug Beattie is the Ulster Unionist MLA for Upper Bann and the party's Justice spokesman. A former Royal Irish Regiment captain and a winner of the Military Cross, he joined the UUP in 2014 and was elected to Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon District Council the same year. During his military career he served in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. He has written a best-selling memoir.

Tara Doyle

Tara Doyle

Alliance Party

Tara Doyle was part of the working group in the Stormont Assembly which worked on legislation to tackle human trafficking. She is deaf in her right ear and half deaf in her left. She works as a Senior Lead Manager in the retail sector, she has a CIPD in Human Resources and is an advocate of diversity and inclusivity in employment law. She was educated at Clounagh Junior High School and Portadown College before attending Queen's University Belfast where she graduated with a degree in Politics and a masters in Human Rights and Criminal Justice Law.

Declan McAlinden

Declan McAlinden

Social Democratic and Labour Party

A plasterer by trade, Declan McAlinden is a member of the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council. He was first elected in 2011 and was the Vice Chair of the Leisure and Community Services Committee in 2016. He travels once a year to volunteer in South Africa with the Mellon Trust, helping to build much needed social housing and educational facilities for local township committees, something that he has done for the past 10 years.

John O'Dowd

John O'Dowd

Sinn Fein

Former Education Minister John O’Dowd was first elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2003 and topped the poll in the 2007 election. He temporarily took on the duties of Deputy First Minister in 2011 while the late Martin McGuinness ran in the Irish presidential election. Mr O'Dowd was born in Lurgan and previously trained as a chef. He was a councillor for 14 years on Craigavon Borough Council.

David  Simpson

David Simpson (Outgoing)

Democratic Unionist Party

David Simpson first contested the Westminster election in Upper Bann against the then UUP leader David Trimble in 2001. The same year he was elected to Craigavon Borough Council, topping the poll in the Portadown area. He remained a member of the council until he stepped down in 2010, and served as Mayor of the Borough in 2004/05. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly representing Upper Bann in 2003, and was re-elected in 2007. He also stepped down from the Assembly in 2010 after being elected MP for the area in 2005. He was re-elected to Westminster in the 2010 General Election and again in 2015.


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