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Fermanagh and South Tyrone

2005 Result:
SF: 18638 (38.2%)
DUP: 14056 (28.8%)
UU: 8869 (18.2%)
SDLP: 7230 (14.8%)
Majority: 4582 (9.4%)

No boundary changes

Profile: Rural south-western corner of Northern Ireland and one of the more evenly split between Catholics and Protestants. The seat has swapped hands between the communities in the past, often because of one side of the divide putting up a single candidate when the opposing side are split between rivals.

This is a mostly rural constituency, the largest towns are Dungannon and Enniskillen, best known for the Remembrance Day bombing in 1987 which killed 12 people.

The seat has one of the most interesting histories of any in the UK. In 1955 it was won by Sinn Fein, but the winning candidate was disqualified as he was serving a prison sentence at the time – the seat was instead awarded to the Unionist runner up. Frank McManus won the seat as a nationalist “Unity” candidate in 1970, but in 1974 the nationalist vote was split by the SDLP, allowing Harry West, the then leader of the Ulster Unionists to win. In turn he was defeated by a sole nationalist candidate Frank Maguire in October 1974, making him one of the few unfortunates to enter and leave Parliament during 1974.

Maguire rarely attended Parliament, though famously attended to abstain in person for the vote of no confidence that brought down the Callaghan government. His death caused the famous 1981 by-election won by the hunger striker Bobby Sands, who died 26 days later. His agent Owen Carron won the subsequent second by-election.

Ken Maginnis won the seat back for the Unionists in 1983, the nationalist vote split between Sinn Fein and the SDLP. He held it until 2001 when the intervention of Jim Dixon, a independent Unionist candidate, split the Unionist vote and saw a narrow Sinn Fein victory.

portraitCurrent MP: Michelle Gildernew (Sinn Fein) born 1970, County Tyrone. Educated at St. Comhghalls Secondary School and University of Ulster. First elected as MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone in 2001.

Candidates:
portraitMichelle Gildernew (Sinn Fein) born 1970, County Tyrone. Educated at St. Comhghalls Secondary School and University of Ulster. First elected as MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone in 2001.
portraitFearghal McKinney (SDLP)
portraitVasundhara Kamble (Alliance)
portraitRodney Connor (Independent)
portraitJohn Stevenson (Independent)

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