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Vote 2017

Constituency: Strangford


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes Quota
64,393 5 39,239 60.94% 38,785 454 6,465

Vote Distribution

Count 1

Elected

Count Results

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Simon Hamilton Simon Hamilton * DUP 6221 6234 6259 6262 6531
Kellie Armstrong Kellie Armstrong * AP 5813 5845 6372 6610
Michelle McIlveen Michelle McIlveen * DUP 5728 5737 5746 5747 5963 5963.75 6013.25 6330 6762
Mike Nesbitt Mike Nesbitt * UUP 5323 5362 5419 5432 5644 5653 5657 6112 6540
Peter Weir Peter Weir * DUP 3543 3552 3556 3556 3636 3636 3639.5 3877.75 4191.5 5101.5 5392.38
Joe Boyle Joe Boyle SDLP 3045 3049 3120 3878 3900 4020.75 4021 4115 4229.25 5163.25 5167.09
Philip Smith Philip Smith * UUP 2453 2480 2507 2507 2648 2648 2651 2800 3079.25
Jimmy Menagh Jimmy Menagh IND 1627 1634 1683 1689 1842 1845 1846.5 2189.75
Jonathan Bell Jonathan Bell * IND 1479 1489 1549 1578 1782 1791.75 1794
Stephen Cooper Stephen Cooper TUV 1330 1350 1370 1373
Dermot Kennedy Dermot Kennedy SF 1110 1110 1129
Ricky Bamford Ricky Bamford GRN 918 930
Scott Benton Scott Benton CON 195
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Simon Hamilton Simon Hamilton * DUP 6221 6234 6259 6262 6531
Kellie Armstrong Kellie Armstrong * AP 5813 5845 6372 6610
Michelle McIlveen Michelle McIlveen * DUP 5728 5737 5746 5747 5963 5963.75 6013.25 6330 6762
Mike Nesbitt Mike Nesbitt * UUP 5323 5362 5419 5432 5644 5653 5657 6112 6540
Peter Weir Peter Weir * DUP 3543 3552 3556 3556 3636 3636 3639.5 3877.75 4191.5 5101.5 5392.38
Joe Boyle Joe Boyle SDLP 3045 3049 3120 3878 3900 4020.75 4021 4115 4229.25 5163.25 5167.09
Philip Smith Philip Smith * UUP 2453 2480 2507 2507 2648 2648 2651 2800 3079.25
Jimmy Menagh Jimmy Menagh IND 1627 1634 1683 1689 1842 1845 1846.5 2189.75
Jonathan Bell Jonathan Bell * IND 1479 1489 1549 1578 1782 1791.75 1794
Stephen Cooper Stephen Cooper TUV 1330 1350 1370 1373
Dermot Kennedy Dermot Kennedy SF 1110 1110 1129
Ricky Bamford Ricky Bamford GRN 918 930
Scott Benton Scott Benton CON 195

On the Ballot

Kellie Armstrong

Kellie Armstrong (Outgoing)

Alliance Party

Kellie Armstrong is the Vice chair of the Alliance Party. She was first elected to the Assembly in May 2016 and 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.

Jonathan Bell

Jonathan Bell (Outgoing)

Independent

Former Economy Minister Jonathan Bell was co-opted to the Assembly in 2010 to replace Iris Robinson, and appointed Junior Minister in OFMDFM. He was suspended from the DUP in December last year after breaking party ranks over the Renewable Heating Incentive scandal. He is seeking re-election as an Independent. He was previously a UUP councillor in Craigavon, joining the DUP in 2001. In his previous career, he was a senior social worker for 21 years. Mr Bell was also a Human Rights Commissioner and in 1999 he was the organiser and spokesperson of the Long March, a demonstration in favour of Protestant/Unionist rights.

Scott Benton

Scott Benton

Conservatives

Scott Benton currently works for Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker and has experience as a local councillor. He says he has a track record of working hard to promote investment and jobs and championing local services. He has previously worked as a primary school teacher and has a particular interest in education, health and economic issues.

Joe Boyle

Joe Boyle

Social Democratic and Labour Party

First elected in 2005 to Ards Borough Council, Joe Boyle has chaired several committees 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.

Stephen Cooper

Stephen Cooper

Traditional Unionist Voice

Stephen Cooper from Comber is a councillor on Ards and North Down Borough Council. A former UDR soldier, he campaigns for a care service for veterans and is a mental health champion for the council. He also campaigns on the issue of animal rights.

Simon Hamilton

Simon Hamilton (Outgoing)

Democratic Unionist Party

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton is a former Stormont health minister and finance minister. He became a councillor in Ards in 2005 and an MLA in 2007. He is the party's director of elections. In 2010 he was the winner of the Slugger O’Toole ‘Up and Coming’ Politician of the Year award. He studied history, politics and law at Queen's and began his career as an auditor with an accountancy firm.

Dermot Kennedy

Dermot Kennedy

Sinn Fein

Businessman Dermot Kennedy is a long standing member of Sinn Fein and is chairperson of the Charles Monahan cumann in South Belfast. He has contested elections at council, Assembly and Westminster level. A former teacher, he trades in the hair and beauty sector and is married with seven children.

Michelle McIlveen

Michelle McIlveen (Outgoing)

Democratic Unionist Party

Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Michelle McIlveen was elected to Stormont in 2007, 2011 and 2016. The former Regional Development Minister was also previously chair of the Education Committee and a Junior Minister in OFMDFM. The former history and politics teacher at Grosvenor Grammar School was also a member of Ards Borough Council for six years.

Jimmy Menagh

Jimmy Menagh

Independent

Jimmy Menagh from Newtownards was elected as an independent member of Ards and North Down Borough Council in May 2014. He sits on the committees for community and wellbeing, and regeneration and development. A former goalkeeper and manager with several local football clubs, he organises coaching and events for children with disabilities.

Mike Nesbitt

Mike Nesbitt (Outgoing)

Ulster Unionist Party

The UUP leader was elected to Stormont in 2011 and was chair of the OFMDFM Committee. 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.

Philip Smith

Philip Smith (Outgoing)

Ulster Unionist Party

Philip Smith was elected to the Assembly in 2016 to represent the Strangford constituency. Before entering politics the Killinchy councillor and former Mayor of Ards was a senior manager within the public sector and worked in the private sector across the UK and Ireland, managing and advising businesses. He is the UUP spokesperson for Finance.

Peter Weir

Peter Weir (Outgoing)

Democratic Unionist Party

Education Minister Peter Weir was first elected to the Assembly for the UUP to represent the North Down constituency in 1998, before joining the DUP in 2002. He was chair of the Education Committee, chair of the Assembly All Party Group on Animal Welfare and the DUP’s chief whip at Stormont. He is also a former North Down councillor. The former barrister is now fighting for a seat in the Strangford constituency.


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