Northern Ireland European Region

2009 Election
Barbara de Brun (Sinn Fein) 126184 26.0% (-0.3%)
Diane Dodds (DUP) 88346 18.2% (-14%)
Jim Nicholson (UCUNF) 82893 17.1% (+0.5%)
Alban Maginness (SDLP) 78489 16.2% (+0.3%)
Jim Allister (Traditional Unionist) 66197 13.6% (n/a)
Ian Parsley (Alliance) 26699 5.5% (n/a)
Steven Agnew (Green) 15764 3.2% (+2.3%)
Turnout 42.8% (-8.9%)
Barbara de Brun (Sinn Fein) ELECTED
Alban Maginness (SDLP) 94814 +16325
Jim Nicholson (UCUNF) 94285 +11392
Diane Dodds (DUP) 91260 +2914
Jim Allister (Traditional Unionist) 70481 +4284
Barbara de Brun (Sinn Fein) ELECTED
Jim Nicholson (UCUNF) 132227 +37942
Diane Dodds (DUP) 115722 +24462
Alban Maguinness (SLDP) 97428 +2614
Current Sitting MEPs
Martina Anderson (Sinn Fein) Born 1962, Derry. Convicted of conspiring to cause explosions in 1986 and jailed until her release under the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. MLA for Foyle 2007-2012. Contested Foyle 2010. MEP for Northern Ireland since 2012, replacing Bairbre de Brun on her resignation.
Jim Nicholson (Ulster Conservatives and Unionists - New Force) Born 1945, Armagh. Farmer. Armagh councillor 1976-1997. MP for Newry and Armagh 1983-1985, the only MP to lose their seat in the by-elections following the mass resignation of Unionist MPs in protest over the Anglo-Irish agreement. Contested Newry and Armagh 1987. MEP for Northern Ireland since 1989.
Diane Dodds (DUP) Born 1958, County Down. Educated at Banbridge Academy and Queens University. Former teacher. Belfast councillor since 2005. MLA for West Belfast 2003-2007. Married to North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds. MEP for Northern Ireland since 2009.
Comments - 260 Responses on “Europe Northern Ireland”
  1. In fact as the last RUC Chief Con said,

    “Most of the Republican ‘on the runs’ went to the Republic. Loyalists were much easier to get back, as they didn’t flee and hide abroad. Most in fact just went to Scotland or Bolton.” [As Adair did and where his family still live from memory. Indeed several notorious families from both sides are well known in Greater Manchester]

  2. SF MP for West Tyrone has resigned, after he offended people with his Kingsmill post.

  3. Small bit of history, I believe Barry McElduff is the first MP to resign because of something he posted on social media.

    He won’t be the last.


    The BCNI accidentally – and temporarily – posted a map of its revised proposals.

    AFAIK it’d give the DUP 10 MPs; but, stop any chances of Ind Hermon or the Alliance winning a seat.

    Belfast would retain 4 seats.

  5. Life is breathed into BR

  6. Alliance Cllr Paddy Brown has been convicted of drink driving (his motorbike).

    He was fined £250 and disqualified from driving for a year.

    He has been asked to resign by the DUP, who asked why the Cllr had not revealed his conviction earlier (as it occurred over 6 months ago). The Cllr has now referred himself to the Standards Board.

  7. Still no news on the date of the West Tyrone by-election…

    When was the last time a by-election took so long after the resignation of an MP to be called?

  8. It’s today.

    A man has been by arrested after producing a hand gun at a polling station and intimidating polling staff.

  9. Comfortable win for Sinn Fein, with a pretty healthy turnout of 55%

    SF: 47%
    DUP: 24%
    SDLP: 18%
    UUP: 8%
    Alliance: 3%

  10. Ian Paisley Jr has survived his recall ballot. Narrowly, but he’s survived.

    Tough to see under what circumstances an MP could actually get recalled. Perhaps if we hadn’t had a snap election, it might have happened to Simon Danczuk? Maybe?

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