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Constituency: West Tyrone


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes
64,009 1 43,675 68.23% 43,486 189

Vote Distribution

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Count Results

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Barry McElduff Barry McElduff SF 22060
Thomas Buchanan Thomas Buchanan DUP 11718
Daniel McCrossan Daniel McCrossan SDLP 5635
Alicia Clarke Alicia Clarke UUP 2253
Stephen Donnelly Stephen Donnelly AP 1000
Ciaran McClean Ciaran McClean GRN 427
Barry Brown Barry Brown CISTA 393
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Barry McElduff Barry McElduff SF 22060
Thomas Buchanan Thomas Buchanan DUP 11718
Daniel McCrossan Daniel McCrossan SDLP 5635
Alicia Clarke Alicia Clarke UUP 2253
Stephen Donnelly Stephen Donnelly AP 1000
Ciaran McClean Ciaran McClean GRN 427
Barry Brown Barry Brown CISTA 393

Constituency Profile

West Tyrone is a predictable and safe constituency for Sinn Fein who has held the seat since 2001.

Pat Doherty has - with ease - retained the seat every election since after defeating the UUP’s William Thompson.

The republican announced earlier this month that he was standing down from politics after holding the Westminster seat for 16 years.

It is expected that his successor Barry McElduff will go on to claim the seat.

The popular Carrickmore man, who is an MLA in the area, will be defending the party’s majority of 10,000 votes which they gained at the 2015 election.

Also vying in the Westminster race is the DUP’s Thomas Buchanan who received the second largest amount of votes with 6,747 in total. He suffered a decline in the 2015 elections compared to his previous performance.

The SDLP candidate Daniel McCrossan is throwing his ring into the hat for the second time.

The 28-year-old gained 6,444 votes in the 2015 elections - a rise from party colleague Joe Byrne who received 5,212 votes in the 2010 election.

The UUP’s Alicia Clarke will run in place of Ross Hussey who confirmed at the beginning of the year that he wouldn’t be seeking re-election in the Assembly due to health concerns.

Mr Hussey said he was awaiting knee surgery.

Controversial independent Susan-Ann White who stood in the 2015 General Election is not putting herself forward. The former candidate caused a stir when she demanded that rock music be banned, gay people jailed and feminism abolished. She polled 166 votes in the last election.

Also appearing on the West Tyrone ballot card is the Green’s Ciaran McClean, Stephen Donnelly from the Alliance party and Barry Brown from CISTA, a party who wants to legalise cannabis.

On the Ballot

Barry Brown

Barry Brown

Citizens Independent Social Thought Alliance

Leader of CISTA in Northern Ireland, Barry Brown runs the party's office in Omagh. Cannabis legalisation is CISTA’s central goal but the party is also developing policies on abortion and same-sex marriage.

Thomas Buchanan

Thomas Buchanan

Democratic Unionist Party

Thomas Buchanan was a member of Omagh District Council for 21 years and was first elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2003. He was re-elected in 2016 and again in 2017. Before entering full-time politics, Mr Buchanan was a building contractor.

Alicia Clarke

Alicia Clarke

Ulster Unionist Party

A PR officer and blogger, Alicia Clarke previously stood as the UUP's candidate in West Tyrone in the Northern Ireland Assembly election earlier this year.

Stephen Donnelly

Stephen Donnelly

Alliance Party

A campaigner for integrated education, Stephen Donnelly stood in the Westminster election in 2015 and Assembly elections in 2016 and 2017. He is campaigning for a better road and transport infrastructure. He is against Brexit and in favour of the negotiation of a post-Brexit settlement that protects the Common Travel Area.

Ciaran McClean

Ciaran McClean

Green Party

Environmental activist Ciaran McClean has been at the forefront of opposition to gold mining in the Sperrins and is also involved in the Alternative A5 Alliance which has opposed the route of the A5 dual carriageway. The veteran campaigner has contested previous elections as a socialist candidate. Originally from Beragh, he lives in Brackey and is the son of civil rights activist Paddy Joe McClean.

Daniel McCrossan

Daniel McCrossan

Social Democratic and Labour Party

Daniel McCrossan from Victoria Bridge near Strabane was co-opted to the Northern Ireland Assembly in January 2016 to replace Joe Byrne for whom he previously worked as a constituency assistant. He was elected as MLA for West Tyrone in May last year and again in 2017. He is the SDLP Infrastructure Spokesperson and was recently deputy chair of the PAC. A Policing Board member, he studied law at Liverpool John Moores University.

Barry McElduff

Barry McElduff

Sinn Fein

An MLA since 1998, Barry McElduff was selected to stand for Sinn Fein in the constituency after Pat Doherty announced his decision to retire after 16 years as West Tyrone MP. Mr McElduff is a member of Sinn Fein's Ard Comhairle and a former chair of Omagh District Council. He played gaelic football at senior level for Carrickmore and at minor level for Tyrone and has a keen interest in the Irish language. He wrote a book entitled ‘Keep ‘Er Lit' about his experiences of republicanism, GAA and community activism.


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