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EU Election 2019

Constituency: Northern Ireland

Summary

Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes Quota
1278951 3 577275 45% 572447 4828 143112

Vote Distribution

Count 1

Elected

Count Results

  1 2 3 4 5
Martina Anderson Martina Anderson SF 126951 128117 128190 128200.5 152436.5
Diane Dodds Diane Dodds DUP 124991 127291 155422
Naomi Long Naomi Long AP 105928 115327 122263 123917 170370
Colum Eastwood Colum Eastwood SDLP 78589 80949 82101 82413.5
Jim Allister Jim Allister TUV 62021 63872 79540 89854 90079
Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy UUP 53052 54736
Clare Bailey Clare Bailey GRN 12471
Robert Hill Robert Hill UKIP 5115
Jane Morrice Jane Morrice IND 1719
Neil McCann Neil McCann IND 948
Amandeep Singh Bhogal Amandeep Singh Bhogal CON 662
  1 2 3 4 5
Martina Anderson Martina Anderson SF 126951 128117 128190 128200.5 152436.5
Diane Dodds Diane Dodds DUP 124991 127291 155422
Naomi Long Naomi Long AP 105928 115327 122263 123917 170370
Colum Eastwood Colum Eastwood SDLP 78589 80949 82101 82413.5
Jim Allister Jim Allister TUV 62021 63872 79540 89854 90079
Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy UUP 53052 54736
Clare Bailey Clare Bailey GRN 12471
Robert Hill Robert Hill UKIP 5115
Jane Morrice Jane Morrice IND 1719
Neil McCann Neil McCann IND 948
Amandeep Singh Bhogal Amandeep Singh Bhogal CON 662

On the Ballot

Jim Allister

Jim Allister

Traditional Unionist Voice

A Brexiteer, Jim Allister is the leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice. The party is staunchly in favour of leaving the EU and is opposed to the Irish border backstop. Mr Allister said: "Brexiteers must fight this election to win." A former MEP and ex-member of the DUP, Mr Allister successfully stood for election to the European Parliament, succeeding Ian Paisley in 2004. He failed to retain his seat in 2009, standing as a TUV candidate after he resigned from the DUP following the establishment of the power-sharing executive in 2007. He has served as the TUV's MLA in the Northern Ireland Assembly, representing North Antrim, since 2011.

Martina Anderson

Martina Anderson

Sinn Fein

Outgoing Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson is a pro-remain candidate. Since the 2016 Brexit referendum, Sinn Fein has campaigned for a special status for Northern Ireland. The party supports the backstop. A former prisoner and member of the IRA, Mrs Anderson topped the poll in Northern Ireland in the last EU elections in 2014. She replaced Bairbre de Brún as MEP for Northern Ireland in 2012 and retained her seat two years later. An MLA for Foyle from 2007 to 2012, Mrs Anderson previously served as a Junior Minister in the power-sharing Stormont executive. Sinn Fein says the 2019 European elections give voters a chance to register their opposition to Brexit.

Clare Bailey

Clare Bailey

Green Party

Green Party leader Clare Bailey is a pro-remain candidate and she supports the backstop. She says the European elections “gives us a chance to say we want to remain part of the European Union”. A former Belfast City Councillor, Mrs Bailey has been an MLA for South Belfast since the 2016 election. She was re-elected in 2017. She became leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland in November 2018. The party enjoyed a surge in support in the 2019 Local Government election, with eight councillors elected across Northern Ireland, including four in Belfast.

Amandeep Singh Bhogal

Amandeep Singh Bhogal

Conservatives

Amandeep Singh Bhogal, a Sikh born in India and brought up in Kent, is standing as the Conservative candidate in Northern Ireland. A Brexiteer, Mr Bhogal unsuccessfully stood in Upper Bann in the 2015 General Election. He says the Conservative and Unionist Party is the only party that “can actually deliver Brexit”.

Diane Dodds

Diane Dodds

Democratic Unionist Party

Outgoing DUP MEP Diane Dodds is a pro-Brexit candidate and is opposed to the backstop. She has been a MEP for Northern Ireland since 2009. She previously sat in the Northern Ireland Assembly from 2003 to 2007 as MLA for West Belfast. The DUP campaigned for Brexit in the 2016 referendum and has propped up Theresa May’s Government in a confidence-and-supply agreement since the summer of 2017. But the party insists it will not support Mrs May’s Brexit plan unless the backstop is time-limited or removed from the withdrawal deal. The party has warned that a weak DUP vote in the EU elections will be interpreted as a "no vote for Brexit".

Colum Eastwood

Colum Eastwood

Social Democratic and Labour Party

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood is a pro-remain candidate. An MLA, he was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2011 in Foyle, where he was re-elected in 2016 and 2017. A former Mayor of Derry, he was elected leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party in 2015. The SDLP European candidate is seeking to win back the MEP seat the party lost in 2004. During the campaign Mr Eastwood launched an anti-Brexit election battle bus highlighting the millions of euros transferred from Europe to Northern Ireland to support peace. The bus contains slogans "debunking" the claims made by Brexiteers before the referendum. He supports the backstop.

Robert Hill

Robert Hill

UK Independence Party

A Brexiteer, Robert Hill is UKIP’s European candidate in Northern Ireland. Mr Hill is UKIP’s spokesman for Northern Ireland and a former Assembly candidate. He unsuccessfully stood in May’s Local Government Elections in Antrim and Newtownabbey. Mr Hill, who is opposed to the backstop, says: “A vote for UKIP is a vote for Brexit”.

Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy

Ulster Unionist Party

Danny Kennedy is standing for the Ulster Unionist Party after its outgoing MEP Jim Nicholson decided to step down. The former Stormont minister, who is making a political comeback, pledged to be a voice for unionists who voted to remain in the EU. Mr Kennedy, a former Newry and Armagh MLA, previously revealed he had voted Remain in the 2016 referendum but said the vote by the UK as a whole to leave the EU "must be respected and implemented". He said he would “offer a constructive approach to Brexit”. “Let's do Brexit right and end the uncertainty”, he says. The UUP is opposed to the backstop and rejects a no-deal Brexit.

Naomi Long

Naomi Long

Alliance Party

Alliance leader Naomi Long is a pro-remain candidate who supports the backstop and a People's Vote. An MLA for East Belfast since 2016, she previously held the seat from 2003 to 2010 until her election to Westminster as the MP for East Belfast from 2010 to 2015 – an election which saw her defeat then-First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson. A former Lord Mayor of Belfast, Mrs Long became the leader of the Alliance Party in 2016. The party saw a surge in its vote in the recent council elections. Mrs Long is seeking to take Northern Ireland's third seat in Europe. “It is (…) important that we have a voice there that is not simply a unionist or nationalist voice,” she said.

Neil McCann

Neil McCann

Independent

Barrister Neil McCann is one of two pro-remain independent candidates. A former Green Party candidate, Mr McCann wants to improve cross-community dialogue through local citizens forums. He says he wants Northern Ireland to remain as part of a "reformed EU”.

Jane Morrice

Jane Morrice

Independent

Jane Morrice, a former journalist and ex-head of the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland, is another pro-remain independent candidate. The one-time deputy speaker of the Stormont Assembly was a prominent member of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition. She is in favour of a People’s Vote and is seeking special recognition for Northern Ireland. She believes “Brexit poses the most serious threat to political, economic and social stability in Northern Ireland”.

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