The 2019 Westminster Elections in Northern Ireland

The Elections

The 12 December 2019 general election, called three years early by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, followed a protracted parliamentary stand-off around the passing of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. UK-wide, the Conservatives won 43.6% of the vote and secured an overall majority of 80. In Northern Ireland four seats changed hands. The SDLP recovered two of the three seats they lost in 2017; one from the DUP in South Belfast and the other from Sinn Fein in Foyle. Sinn Fein offset their loss in Foyle by picking up North Belfast from the DUP. Alliance performed strongly, garnering almost 17% of the vote and winning the North Down seat vacated by Independent Lady Sylvia Hermon. For the first time ever, Northern Ireland elected more Nationalists than Unionists (though Unionist parties were still well ahead in vote share).


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This map shows the winner in each constituency in 2019.

The Results

The details of each seat are on the relevant page; the totals for the whole of Northern Ireland were as follows:

Party / Candidate Votes % Share (+/-) Seats Won
DUP
244,128 30.6%
-5.4%
8 MPs (-2)
(East Belfast, East Antrim, North AntrimSouth Antrim, Lagan Valley, East Londonderry, Strangford and Upper Bann)
SF 181,853 22.8% -6.6%
7 MPs (-) (North Belfast, West Belfast, South Down, Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Mid Ulster, Newry and Armagh, and West Tyrone)
Alliance 134,115 16.8% +8.9%
1 MP (+1)
(North Down)
SDLP 118,737
14.9% +3.2%
2 MPs (+2) (South Belfast and Foyle)
UUP 93,123
11.7% +1.4%


Aontu
9,814
1.2%



People Before Profit 7,526
1.2%
+0.2%


Conservatives
5,433
0.7%
-


Green Party
1,996
0.2%
-0.7%


UKIP
1,687
0.2%



Caroline Wheeler
751
0.09%



Conor Rafferty
690
0.09%



Stephen Palmer
246
0.03%




Comparison with previous Westminster elections


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Other sites based at ARK: ORB (Online Research Bank) | CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) | Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey

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Created by Conal Kelly, 12 December 2019.




Disclaimer: Nicholas Whyte 2005 Last Updated on Sunday, 09-May-2010 21:59