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Westminster General Election (NI)
Thursday 11 June 1987



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Westminster General Election (NI)
Thursday 11 June 1987

This is a draft (v1) of the results of the 1987 Westminster General Election Results.

Introduction

The following provides the results from the 17 Northern Ireland constituencies where the 1987 Westminster General Election was contested on Thursday 11 June 1987.

Summary of Results

Electorate:
Valid votes cast: 730,152
Spoiled votes: 4,851
Percentage poll:

Party
Number of Seats
Vote
% Valid Poll
Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)
9 seats
276,230
37.8%
Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)
3 seats
154,087
21.1%
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)
3 seats
85,642
11.7%
Sinn Féin (SF)
1 seat
83,389
11.4%
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI)
0 seats
72,671
10.0%
Workers' Party (WP)
0 seats
19,294
2.6%
Ulster Popular Unionist Party (UPUP)
1 seat
18,420
2.5%
Real Unionists (RU)
0 seats
14,467
2.0%
Progresssive Unionist Party (PUP)
0 seats
5,671
0.9%
Ecology Party
0 seats
281
0.0%

Constituency Results

The results for each of the 17 constituencies contain the following information:
Name of constituency
Name of candidate (Party) Number of votes
Party majority: Electorate: Turnout: (%)

East Antrim
Beggs, Roy
(Ulster Unionist Party) 23,942
Neeson, S. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 8,582
Kelly, A. (Workers Party) 936

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) majority: 15,360; Electorate: 60,600; Turnout: 55.5%


North Antrim
Paisley, Ian
(Democratic Unionist Party) 28,383
Farren, S. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 5,149
Williams, G. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 5,140
Regan, S. (Sinn Féin) 2,633

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) majority: 23,234; Electorate: 65,774; Turnout: 63.3%


South Antrim
Forsythe, Clifford
(Ulster Unionist Party) 25,395
Mawhinney, G. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 5,808
McClelland, D. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 3,611
Cushinan, H. (Sinn Féin) 1,592

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) majority: 19,587; Electorate: 61,706; Turnout 62.9%


Belfast East
Robinson, Peter
(Democratic Unionist Party) 20,372
Alderdice, J. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 10,574
Cullen, F. (Workers' Party) 1314
O'Donnell, J. (Sinn Féin) 649

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) majority: 9,798; Electorate: 54,666; Turnout: 60.6%


Belfast North
Walker, Cecil
(Ulster Unionist Party) 14,355
Maginness, A. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 5,795
Seawright, G. (Protestant Unionist Party) 5,671
McManus, P (Sinn Féin) 5,062
Lynch, S. (Workers Party) 3,062
Campbell, T (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 2,871

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) majority: 8,560; Electorate: 59,159; Turnout: 62.7%)


Belfast South
Smyth, Martin
(Ulster Unionist Party) 18,917
Cook, D. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 6,963
McDonnell, A. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 4,268
Carr, G. (Workers' Party) 1,528
McKnight, S. (Sinn Fein)1,030

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) majority: 8,560; Electorate: 59,159; Turnout: 62.7%


Belfast West
Adams, Gerry
(Sinn Féin) 16,862
Hendron, J. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 14,641
Millar, F. (Ulster Unionist Party) 7,646
McMahon, M. (Workers' Party) 1,819

Sinn Féin (SF) majority: 2,221; Electorate: 55,644; Turnout: 69.6%


North Down
Kilfedder, James
(Ulster Popular Unionist Party) 18,420
McCartney, R. (Real Unionist) 14,467
Cushnahan, J. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 7,932

Ulster Popular Unionist Party (UPUP) majority: 3,953; Electorate: 65,044; Turnout: 63.0%


South Down
McGrady, Eddie
(Social Democratic and Labour Party) 26,579
Powell, E.. (Ulster Unionist Party) 25,848
Ritchie, G. (Sinn Féin) 2,363
Laird, S.E.. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 1,542
O'Hagan, D. (Workers Paarty) 675

Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) majority: 731; Electorate: 71,443; Turnout: 79.6%


East Londonderry
Ross, William
(Ulster Unionist Party) 29,532
Doherty, A. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 9,375
Davey, J. (Sinn Féin) 5,464 (10.1%)
McGowan, J. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 3,237
Donnelly, F. (Workers' Party) 935
Samuel, M. H. (Ecology Party) 281

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) majority: 20,157; Electorate: 71,097 Turnout: (69.1%)


Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Maginnis, Ken
(Ulster Unionist Party) 27,446
Corrigan, P. (Sinn Féin) 14,623
Flanagan, R. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 10,581
Kettyles, D. (Workers' Party) 1,784
Haslett, J. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 941

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) majority: 12,823; Electorate: 69,131; Turnout: (80.8%)


Foyle
Hume, John
(Social Democratic and Labour Party) 23,743
Campbell, G. (Democratic Unionist Party) 13,883
McGuinness, M. (Sinn Féin) 8,707
Zammitt, E. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 1,276
Melaugh, E. (Workers' Party) 514

Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) majority: 9,860; Electorate: 70,583; Turnout: (69.5%)


Lagan Valley
Molyneaux, James
(Ulster Unionist Party) 29,101
Close, S. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 5,728
McDonnell, B. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 2,888
Rice, P. (Sinn Féin) 2,656
Lowry, J. T. (Workers' Party) 1,215

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) majority: 23,373; Electorate: 64,937; Turnout: (64.4%)


Mid Ulster
McCrea, William
(Democratic Unionist Party) 23,004
Haughey, D. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 13,644
Begley, S. (Sinn Féin) 12,449
Bogan, P.. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 1,846
McClean, P. J. (Workers' Party) 1,133

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) majority: 9,360; Electorate: 67,343; Turnout: (77.9%)


Newry and Armagh
Mallon, Seamus
(Social Democratic and Labour Party) 25,137
Nicholson, J. (Ulster Unionist Party) 19,812
McAllister, J. (Sinn Féin) 6,173
Jeffrey, W. H. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 664
O'Hanlon, G. (Workers' Party) 482

Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) majority: 5,325; Electorate: 66,151; Turnout: (79.4%)


Strangford
Taylor, John
(Ulster Unionist Party) 28,199
Morrow, A. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 7,553
Hynds, I. (Workers' Party)1,385

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) majority: 20,646; Electorate: 64,475; Turnout: (57.9%)


Upper Bann
McCusker, Harold
(Ulster Unionist Party) 25,137
Rodgers, B. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 8,676
Curran, B. (Sinn Féin) 3,126
Cook, F. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 2,487
French, T. (Workers' Party) 2,004

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) majority: 17,361; Electorate: 64,596; Turnout: (66.0%)


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