Tag Archives: Westminster Elections 2015

Westminster Election 2015: South Down

The Results: A straightforward win for Margaret Ritchie. Her Sinn Féin opponent, Chris Hazzard was hyped as a serious challenger but ultimately he was a well-beaten docket. Less than one thousand votes seperated three unionist candidates and Harold McKee UUP … Continue reading

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Westminster Election 2015: Lagan Valley

The Results:   It is hard to believe that it is seventeen years since that encounter between Jeffrey Donaldson and a constituent at a polling station. Jeffrey was described as a “very devious young man”. So…Jeffrey romped home in Lagan … Continue reading

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Westminster Election 2015: North Antrim

The Result: It is Paisley Country. But it feels strange referring to the son of Rev Ian Paisley without adding “Junior”. Ian Paisley has a job for life. But I have to say that North Antrim was the constituency that … Continue reading

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Westminster Election 2015: South Antrim

The Results: Rev William McCrea lost the seat to Danny Kinahan. McCrea comes from the nasty wing of DUP. Few outside the Party will miss him. A seat in the “House of Lords”? Or just more time for the Free … Continue reading

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Westminster Election 2015: West Belfast

The Results: An easy win for for Paul Maskey. The big talking point was that Gerry Carroll of People Before Profit comfortably beat Alex Attwod for second place. Certainly Sinn Féin dominance of West Belfast at Stormont level looks in … Continue reading

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Westminster Election 2015: North Belfast

The Results: North Belfast was nasty on so many levels. An Electoral Pact between DUP and UUP to bolster Nigel Dodds in a seat that the DUP was concerned would be lost to unionism. Indeed there was a second and … Continue reading

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Westminster Election 2015: Fermanagh-South Tyrone

The Result: A surprise. Even a shock. In 2010, Sinn Féin won with a majority of just four votes. Tactical voting by SDLP voters saw them defeat a unionist “unity” candidate.  I was actually in London for the 2010 Results, … Continue reading

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Westminster Election 2015: East Derry

The Results: Easy win for Gregory Campbell and DUP. Campbell is controversial. Increasingly playing to the loyalist gallery. Certainly three safe seats for DUP. The UUP clearly have a quota but the seat is currently held by an Independent Unionist. … Continue reading

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Westminster Election 2015: Foyle

The Results: There has been hype for years that Sinn Féin are closing in on the SDLP in Derry. But it was all smoke and mirrors. Mark Durkan scored an easy win. The margin suggests that SDLP will comfortably retain … Continue reading

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Westminster Election 2015: Strangford

The Results: A constituency where DUP votes are weighed, rather than counted. An easy win but the collapse of the UUP vote (Mike Nesbitt fought Strangford for UUP-Tories) collapsed and votes shed to UKIP, Alliance and Conservatives. In 2016, DUP … Continue reading

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