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Westminster General Election (NI) Thursday 5 May 2005

This page contains the results of the 5 May 2005 Westminster General Election.
See also:

  • Party manifestos and web pages
  • List of candidates standing in the 2005 Westminster Election
  • Electoral Office Northern Ireland (EONI) (2005). Westminster Parilamentary Election 5 May 2005 - Candidates Elected, [PDF; 36KB]. Belfast: EONI.
  • Electoral Office Northern Ireland (EONI) (2005). Westminster Parilamentary Election 5 May 2005 - Eligible Electorate and Votes Polled in the 18 Constituencies, [PDF; 40KB]. Belfast: EONI.
  • Electoral Office Northern Ireland (EONI) (2005). Westminster Parilamentary Election 5 May 2005 - Eligible Electorate, [PDF; 26KB]. Belfast: EONI.

  • Summary results of the 2005 Local Government Election
  • List of candidates standing in the 2005 Local Government Election

Introduction

This page contains the results from the 18 Northern Ireland constituencies where the 2005 Westminster General Election was contested. 108 people stood for election to the 18 Westminster seats.  Voting in the election was by the 'first past the post' method. The election took place on Thursday 5 May 2005 between 7.00am and 10.00pm and counting began at 9.00am on Friday 6 May.  Local government elections were held on the same day as the general election.

All four of the 'main' political parties in Northern Ireland - Sinn Féin (SF), Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), and Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) - contested all 18 of the constituencies in the 2005 Westminster Election. In previous Westminster Elections the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) did not contest some of the constituencies so as not to split the Unionist vote; therefore it was not possible to gauge the absolute support of the two largest Unionist parties across the region. This election provided such an opportunity. There were changes to the boundaries of the constituencies between the Westminster election in 1992 and that in 1997. These changes resulted in one additional constituency and also affected most of the previous 17 constituencies. While comparisons between the results in 2005, 2001, and 1997 are possible, direct comparision with earlier elections are not.


Summary of Northern Ireland Results

Eligible Electorate: 1,139,993
Number of Votes Cast (Turnout / Poll): 723,768
Percentage Turnout / Poll:  63.49%
Number of Invalid / Spoilt Votes: 6266
Number of Valid Votes Cast: 717,502
Percentage Valid Votes Cast: 62.94%


Northern Ireland

Party / Independent Candidate

Seats

Valid Votes

%share

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)

9

241856
33.71

Sinn Féin (SF)

5

174530
24.32

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)

1

127314
17.74

Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)

3

125626
17.51

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI)

0

28291
3.94

Kieran Deeny (Independent)

0

11905
1.66

Conservative Party (CP)

0

2718
0.38

Workers' Party (WP)

0

1669
0.23

Socialist Environmental Alliance (SEA)

0

1649
0.23

Vote For Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket

0

890
0.12

Gerry Markey (Independent)

0

625
0.09

Chris Carter (Independent)

0

211
0.03

Liam Kennedy (Independent)

0

147
0.02

Malcolm Samuel (Independent)

0

71
0.00

Total

18

717502

100.00

Spoilt Votes

 

6266

 

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

1,139,993

723,768

63.49


Percentage share of the Vote by each of the political parties

 

 

Constituencies won by each of the political parties

 

 

18 Constituency Results


East Antrim

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Sammy Wilson Democratic Unionist Party  [DUP GAIN]
15766
49.63

Roy Beggs Ulster Unionist Party
8462
26.64

Sean Neeson Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
4869
15.33

Danny O'Connor Social Democratic and Labour Party
1695
5.34

James McKeown Sinn Féin
828
2.61

David Kerr Vote for Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket
147
0.46

Total
31767

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

207

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

57966

31974

55.16

7304


North Antrim

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Ian Paisley

Democratic Unionist Party  [DUP HOLD]

25156
54.78

Philip McGuigan

Sinn Féin

7191
15.66

Rodney McCune

Ulster Unionist Party

6637
14.45

Sean Farren

Social Democratic and Labour Party

5585
12.16

Jayne Dunlop

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

1357
2.95

Total
45926

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

300

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

73938

46226

62.52

17,965


South Antrim

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Willie McCrea

Democratic Unionist Party  [DUP GAIN]

14507
38.22

David Burnside

Ulster Unionist Party

11059
29.14

Noreen McClelland Social Democratic and Labour Party
4706
12.4

Henry Cushinan

Sinn Féin

4407
11.61

David Ford

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

3278
8.64

Total
37957

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

223

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

66580

38180

57.34

3448


Belfast East

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Peter Robinson

Democratic Unionist Party  [DUP HOLD]

15152
49.15

Reg Empey

Ulster Unionist Party

9275
30.08

Naomi Long

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

3746
12.15

Deborah Devenny

Sinn Féin

1029
3.34

Mary Muldoon

Social Democratic and Labour Party

844
2.74

Alan Greer

Conservative Party

434
1.41

Joseph Bell

Workers Party

179
0.58

Lynda Jean Gilby

Vote For Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket

172
0.56

Total
30831

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

188

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

52899

31019

58.64

5877


Belfast North

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Nigel Dodds Democratic Unionist Party [DUP HOLD]
13935
45.63

Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin

8747
28.64

Alban Maginness

Social Democratic and Labour Party

4950
16.21

Fred Cobain

Ulster Unionist Party

2154
7.05

Marjorie Hawkins

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

438
1.43

Marcella Delaney

The Workers' Party

165
0.54

Lynda Jean Gilby

Vote For Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket

151
0.49

Total
30540

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

250

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

52535

30790

58.61

5188


Belfast South

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Alasdair McDonnell

Social Democratic and Labour Party [SDLP GAIN]

10,339
32.28

Jimmy Spratt Democratic Unionist Party
9,104
28.43

Michael McGimpsey Ulster Unionist Party
7,263
22.68

Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin

2,882
9.00

Geraldine Rice

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

2,012
6.28

Lynda Jean Gilby

Vote For Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket

235
0.73

Patrick Lynn

The Workers' Party

193
0.60

Total
32028

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

211

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

52218

32239

61.74

1235


Belfast West

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin  [SF HOLD]

24,348
70.48

Alex Attwood

Social Democratic and Labour Party

5,033
14.57

Diane Dodds

Democratic Unionist Party

3,652
10.57

Chris McGimpsey

Ulster Unionist Party

779
2.26

John Lowry

Workers Party

432
1.25

Lynda Jean Gilby

Vote For Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket

154
0.45

Liam Kennedy

Independent

147
0.43

Total
34,545

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

383

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

53536

34928

65.24

19,315


North Down

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Sylvia Hermon

Ulster Unionist Party  [UUP HOLD]

16268
50.38

Peter Weir

Democratic Unionist Party

11324
35.07

David Alderdice

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

2451
7.59

Liam Logan

Social Democratic and Labour Party

1009
3.12

Julian Robertson

Conservative Party

822
2.55

Chris Carter

Independent

211
0.65

Janet McCrory

Sinn Féin

205
0.63

Total
32290

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

171

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

59358

32461

54.69

4944


South Down

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Eddie McGrady

Social Democratic and Labour Party  [SDLP HOLD]

21557
44.75

Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin

12417
25.77

Jim Wells

Democratic Unionist Party

8815
18.30

Dermot Nesbitt

Ulster Unionist Party

4775
9.91

Julian Crozier

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

613
1.27

Total
48177

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

489

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

73175

48666

66.51

9140


Fermanagh and South Tyrone

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Michelle Gildernew

Sinn Féin  [SF HOLD]

18638
38.20

Arlene Foster

Democratic Unionist Party

14056
28.81

Thomas Beatty Elliott

Ulster Unionist Party

8869
18.18

Thomas Gallagher

Social Democratic and Labour Party

7230
14.82

Total
48793

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

558

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

66415

49351

74.31

4582


Foyle

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Mark Durkan

Social Democratic and Labour Party  [SDLP HOLD]

21119
46.30

Mitchel McLaughlin

Sinn Féin

15162
33.24

William Hay

Democratic Unionist Party

6557
14.38

Eamonn McCann

Socialist Environmental Alliance

1649
3.62

Earl Storey

Ulster Unionist Party

1091
2.39

Ben Reel Vote for Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket
31
0.07

Total
45609

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

463

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

68758

46072

67.01

5957


Lagan Valley

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Jeffrey Donaldson

Democratic Unionist Party  [DUP GAIN]

23289
54.7

Basil McCrea

Ulster Unionist Party

9172
21.54

Seamus Close

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

4316
10.14

Paul Butler

Sinn Féin

3197
7.51

Patricia Lewsley

Social Democratic and Labour Party

2598
6.10

Total
42572

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

277

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

70238

42849

61.01

14117


East Londonderry

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Gregory Campbell

Democratic Unionist Party  [DUP HOLD]

15,225
42.88

David McClarty

Ulster Unionist Party

7,498
21.12

John Dallat

Social Democratic and Labour Party

6,077
17.12

Billy Leonard

Sinn Féin

5,709
16.08

Yvonne Boyle

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

924
2.60

Malcolm Samuel Independent
71
0.20

Total
35,504

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

308

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

58461

35812

61.26

7,727


Mid Ulster

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin  [SF HOLD]

21641
47.64

Ian McCrea

Democratic Unionist Party

10665
23.48

Patsy McGlone

Social Democratic and Labour Party

7922
17.44

Billy Armstrong Ulster Unionist Party
4853
10.68

Francie Donnelly

The Workers' Party

345
0.76

Total
45426

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

468

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

62088

45894

73.92

10976


Newry and Armagh

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Conor Murphy

Sinn Féin  [SF GAIN]

20965
41.35

Dominic Bradley

Social Democratic and Labour Party

12770
25.19

Paul Berry

Democratic Unionist Party

9311
18.37

Danny Kennedy

Ulster Unionist Party

7025
13.86

Gerry Markey Independent
625
1.23

Total
50696

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

630

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

71771

51326

71.51

8195


Strangford

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Iris Robinson

Democratic Unionist Party  [DUP HOLD]

20921
56.49

Gareth McGimpsey

Ulster Unionist Party

7872
21.26

Kieran McCarthy

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

3332
9.00

Joe Boyle

Social Democratic and Labour Party

2496
6.74

Terry Dick

Conservative Party

1462
3.95

Dermot Kennedy

Sinn Féin

949
2.56

Total
37032

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

190

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

68570

37222

54.28

13049


West Tyrone

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

Pat Doherty

Sinn Féin  [SF HOLD]

16910
38.89

Kieran Deeny Independent
11905
27.38

Thomas Buchanan Democratic Unionist Party
7742
17.80

Eugene McMenamin Social Democratic and Labour Party
3949
9.08

Derek Hussey

Ulster Unionist Party

2981
6.85

Total
43487

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

523

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

59842

44010

73.54

5005


 

Upper Bann

Candidate Party

Votes

%share

David Simpson

Democratic Unionist Party  [DUP GAIN]

16679
37.55

David Trimble

Ulster Unionist Party

11381
25.62

John O’Dowd

Sinn Féin

9305
20.95

Dolores Kelly

Social Democratic and Labour Party

5747
12.94

Alan Castle Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
955
2.24

Tom French

The Workers' Party

355
0.80

Total
44422

100.00

 

Spoilt Votes

327

Electorate

Turnout

%turnout

Majority

71645

44749

62.46

5398

 


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