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Vote 2017

Constituency: Upper Bann


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes Quota
83,431 5 52,174 62.54% 51,548 626 8,592

Vote Distribution

Count 1

Elected

Count Results

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Carla Lockhart Carla Lockhart * DUP 9140
John O'Dowd John O'Dowd * SF 8220 8298 8560 8560.6 8593.6
Jonathan Buckley Jonathan Buckley DUP 7745 8238 8314 8764.84
Nuala Toman Nuala Toman SF 6108 6169 6294 6294.3 6316.6 6341.6
Doug Beattie Doug Beattie * UUP 5467 5755 6174 6202.86 10728.86
Jo-Anne Dobson Jo-Anne Dobson * UUP 5132 5404 5910 5969.58
Dolores Kelly Dolores Kelly SDLP 5127 5248 6509 6511.76 7189.92 9053.92
Tara Doyle Tara Doyle AP 2720 3097
Roy Ferguson Roy Ferguson TUV 1035
Simon Lee Simon Lee GRN 555
Colin Craig Colin Craig WP 218
Ian Nickels Ian Nickels CON 81
  1 2 3 4 5 6
Carla Lockhart Carla Lockhart * DUP 9140
John O'Dowd John O'Dowd * SF 8220 8298 8560 8560.6 8593.6
Jonathan Buckley Jonathan Buckley DUP 7745 8238 8314 8764.84
Nuala Toman Nuala Toman SF 6108 6169 6294 6294.3 6316.6 6341.6
Doug Beattie Doug Beattie * UUP 5467 5755 6174 6202.86 10728.86
Jo-Anne Dobson Jo-Anne Dobson * UUP 5132 5404 5910 5969.58
Dolores Kelly Dolores Kelly SDLP 5127 5248 6509 6511.76 7189.92 9053.92
Tara Doyle Tara Doyle AP 2720 3097
Roy Ferguson Roy Ferguson TUV 1035
Simon Lee Simon Lee GRN 555
Colin Craig Colin Craig WP 218
Ian Nickels Ian Nickels CON 81

Constituency Profile

It could be a photo finish in Upper Bann this year between Sinn Fein, the UUP and SDLP for the fifth and final seat.

Last year the DUP, UUP and Sinn Fein all returned two seats, with the SDLP losing its only seat.

It had been held by Dolores Kelly since 2003 — and the party veteran will attempt a rare Assembly comeback in March.

Upper Bann takes in the mainly Unionist towns of Banbridge and Portadown with the more evenly split makeup of Lurgan.

Carla Lockhart of the DUP polled the highest last year, elected in the first count with nearly 8,000 first preference votes after building a profile as a councillor over five years.

She recently admitted she had made an “administrative error” with her election expenses in 2016, after it emerged £11,000 of funding had been unaccounted for.

She later said her campaign was entirely self-funded and had borrowed most of the money from her credit union.

Sydney Anderson of the DUP also polled strongly last year, finishing a close second. This year he has retired to be replaced by well-known Portadown councillor Jonathan Buckley.

Jo-Anne Dobson and Doug Beattie of the UUP took the third and fourth seats, although the unexpectedly high vote count for Ms Lockhart dented their support.

Sinn Fein’s Catherine Seeley and John O’Dowd finished fifth and sixth. Despite holding ministerial office John O’Dowd took the final seat by a margin of less than 200 votes ahead of Ms Kelly — prompting some commentators to say Sinn Fein would need to manage their votes more carefully this time around.

This year Mr O’Dowd has a new running mate in party staffer Nuala Toman.

On the Ballot

Doug Beattie

Doug Beattie (Outgoing)

Ulster Unionist Party

Doug Beattie is the Ulster Unionist MLA for Upper Bann and the party's Justice spokesman. He recently sat on the Assembly committee for Standards and Privileges and was the Ulster Unionist representative on the Flags, Identity and Culture Commission. 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.

Jonathan Buckley

Jonathan Buckley

Democratic Unionist Party

The 25-year-old Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon councillor replaces outgoing DUP MLA Sydney Anderson, who is not standing for re-election.

Colin Craig

Colin Craig

The Workers Party

Jo-Anne Dobson

Jo-Anne Dobson (Outgoing)

Ulster Unionist Party

Jo-Anne Dobson was first elected to the Assembly in 2011 and is the UUP spokesperson for Health. She has been the Chair of the Northern Ireland Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and a member and past Chair of the Assembly Audit Committee. She has held a number of active roles within numerous Stormont All Party Groups, including Chairing the Cancer and Disability groups. She is also a member of the Board of Governor at Banbridge Academy. She campaigns to promote organ donation.

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.

Roy Ferguson

Roy Ferguson

Traditional Unionist Voice

Roy Ferguson from Lurgan has worked as a manager in the construction industry for over 40 years. He is a member of the FAIR (Families Acting for Innocent Relatives) victims group, the Orange Order and the Apprentice Boys.

Dolores Kelly

Dolores Kelly

Social Democratic and Labour Party

Dolores Kelly, a former deputy leader of the SDLP, was first elected to the Assembly in 2003 and lost her seat in 2016. She previously sat on the Social Development and Education Committees. She was previously a member of Craigavon Borough Council and was mayor in 1999. An occupational therapist by profession, she worked in Craigavon Area Hospital for six years. She is trying to win back her former seat for the SDLP.

Simon Lee

Simon Lee

Green Party

Simon Lee is a lecturer and graduate student. He campaigns for social justice and the environment, and is an advocate for renewable energy.

Carla Lockhart

Carla Lockhart (Outgoing)

Democratic Unionist Party

Carla Lockhart was Craigavon Borough Council's youngest ever mayor, at the age of 27. She was elected to the Assembly in May 2016, sitting on the Public Accounts and Education Committees. The former DUP researcher was a councillor for 11 years and is a former president of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association. From a farming background in Aughnacloy, she is a business graduate from Ulster University.

Ian Nickels

Ian Nickels

Conservatives

Having grown up in South-East England, Ian Nickels studied at Buckinghamshire University and currently works in finance for a global firm in Belfast. He's in favour of cutting Corporation Tax to 10% in Northern Ireland. Mr Nickels is a keen sportsman and pianist.

John O'Dowd

John O'Dowd (Outgoing)

Sinn Fein

Former Education Minister John O’Dowd was first elected to the Assembly in 2003 and topped the poll in the 2007 Assembly election. He temporarily took on the duties of Deputy First Minister in 2011 while 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.

Nuala Toman

Nuala Toman

Sinn Fein

Having previously worked in the community and voluntary sector, Nuala Toman currently works in Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams’ office, spearheading the party’s Uniting Ireland taskforce. She has worked at a national level in the party for the last five years. Born and raised Lurgan, she is currently the party’s representative on the Education Authority. She is running in Upper Bann following the withdrawal of former MLA Catherine Seeley.


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