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Belfast NorthParliamentary constituency
Candidates listed alphabetically by surname
Democratic Unionist PartyNigel Dodds
Sinn FéinJohn Finucane
Alliance PartyNuala McAllister
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|Party||Votes||%||Net percentage change in seats|
Democratic Unionist Party
|Nigel Dodds||Votes 21,240||header_vote_share 46.2||Net percentage change in seats -0.8|
|John Finucane||Votes 19,159||header_vote_share 41.7||Net percentage change in seats +7.8|
|Sam Nelson||Votes 2,475||header_vote_share 5.4||Net percentage change in seats -1.9|
Social Democratic & Labour Party
|Martin McAuley||Votes 2,058||header_vote_share 4.5||Net percentage change in seats -3.7|
|Malachai O'Hara||Votes 644||header_vote_share 1.4||Net percentage change in seats +1.4|
|Gemma Weir||Votes 360||header_vote_share 0.8||Net percentage change in seats -1.5|
Change compared with 2015
- 19,096 total votes taken.
- 47.0% share of the total vote
- +7.0% change in share of the votes
- 13,770 total votes taken.
- 33.9% share of the total vote
- -0.1% change in share of the votes
- 3,338 total votes taken.
- 8.2% share of the total vote
- -4.1% change in share of the votes
- 2,941 total votes taken.
- 7.2% share of the total vote
- +2.4% change in share of the votes
- 919 total votes taken.
- 2.3% share of the total vote
- +2.3% change in share of the votes
- 529 total votes taken.
- 1.3% share of the total vote
- +1.3% change in share of the votes
Change compared with 2010
A historically unionist urban constituency that takes in the northern part of the city of Belfast, it has been represented in Parliament by the DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds since 2001.
It has always been represented by unionist MPs, with the exception of a brief period between 1973 and 1974 when Stratton Mills, elected as a unionist, defected to the newly-formed Alliance Party.
When the constituency was briefly split in two between 1918 and 1922, one part of it – Belfast Duncairn – was represented by the famous unionist leader Edward Carson.
With an electorate of 67,214 (as of 1 November) the constituency is very socially mixed. The areas around Belfast Castle include tree-lined avenues and large houses, while the lower Antrim Road area has a high level of deprivation. A number of peace lines remain within the constituency – which has a large nationalist population despite being held by a unionist MP. Nationalist candidates have come increasingly close to winning the constituency in recent years – in 2017 John Finucane of Sinn Féin was 2,081 votes behind Nigel Dodds.