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Constituency: East Antrim


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes Quota
67,699 5 40,693 60.11% 40,235 458 6,706

Vote Distribution

Count 1

Elected

Left Right

Count Results

1 2 3 4 5

Gordon Lyons Gordon Lyons
* (DUP)

6256 6281 6555 6872.7

John Stewart John Stewart
* (UUP)

6195 6267 8459

David Hilditch David Hilditch
* (DUP)

5662 5690 6110 6499.7 6543.7

Stewart Dickson Stewart Dickson
* (AP)

5059 5643 5910 6369.9 7206.9

Danny Donnelly Danny Donnelly
(AP)

4224 4759 4844 5000.6 6783.6

Oliver McMullan Oliver McMullan
(SF)

3675 4154 4171 4180

Norman Boyd Norman Boyd
(TUV)

3661 3699 4007 4408.4 4467.3

Roy Beggs Roy Beggs
* (UUP)

3549 3634

Siobhán McAlister Siobhán McAlister
(SDLP)

1200

Mark Bailey Mark Bailey
(GRN)

754

Constituency Review

Considered a unionist stronghold, the constituency of East Antrim stretches from Jordanstown right up to the Glens of Antrim. In the 2017 election, the DUP and UUP both won two seats while the Alliance took a fifth.

A reduction in seats from six to five saw Sinn Fein's Oliver McMullan lose out, meaning there was no nationalist representation in the last Assembly term.

The DUP’s David Hilditch and Gordon Lyons enjoyed a 35% share of first-preference votes, with the UUP’s Roy Beggs and John Stewart taking 22% and Stewart Dickson of the Alliance taking 16%.

Unusually, all five members held their seats for the full term and are seeking re-election. There has never been a female MLA for East Antrim, but the SDLP’s Siobhan McAlister is running for the first time.

With the Alliance Party increasing its vote by 11% in the 2019 General Election, one of the big questions is whether Danny Donnelly can secure a second Assembly seat for his party this time around.

With recent polls suggesting Alliance is on course to become Northern Ireland's third largest party, it will surely be a nervous wait for the UUP when the ballots are eventually counted at the Ulster University campus in Jordanstown.

This was the only constituency where the UUP gained a seat last time. According to the 2011 census, East Antrim has a population of just over 90,000 which includes around 36,000 households.

A vast majority (nearly 70%) said they had a British identity compared to around 10% with an Irish identity and 31% considering themselves to have a Northern Irish identity. Around 20% were Catholic, while 70% were Protestant or other Christian religion.

One of the key issues for East Antrim in recent years has been job losses, most recently illustrated with P&O workers protesting in Larne Harbour after being among 800 staff suddenly made redundant.

As a largely unionist constituency, one unknown factor is whether voters will be more influenced by tensions over the Northern Ireland Protocol or swayed by issues like the cost-of-living crisis.

On the Ballot

Mark Bailey

Mark Bailey

Green Party

Roy Beggs

Roy Beggs (Outgoing)

Ulster Unionist Party

Norman Boyd

Norman Boyd

Traditional Unionist Voice

Stewart Dickson

Stewart Dickson (Outgoing)

Alliance Party

Danny Donnelly

Danny Donnelly

Alliance Party

David Hilditch

David Hilditch (Outgoing)

Democratic Unionist Party

Gordon Lyons

Gordon Lyons (Outgoing)

Democratic Unionist Party

Siobhán McAlister

Siobhán McAlister

Social Democratic and Labour Party

Oliver McMullan

Oliver McMullan

Sinn Fein

John Stewart

John Stewart (Outgoing)

Ulster Unionist Party


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