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South Down

Notional 2005 Results:
SDLP: 20753 (47.8%)
SF: 12109 (27.9%)
DUP: 6176 (14.2%)
UUP: 3806 (8.8%)
Alliance: 565 (1.3%)
Majority: 8644 (19.9%)

2005 Result:
SDLP: 21557 (44.7%)
SF: 12417 (25.8%)
DUP: 8815 (18.3%)
UU: 4775 (9.9%)
Alliance: 613 (1.3%)
Majority: 9140 (18.9%)

Boundary Changes: Loses three wards, covering the town of Ballynahinch and the rural area to the south of Strangford town to Stangford constituency.

Profile: This is a large and mainly rural seat. The largest town is Downpatrick, with other significant towns being Newcastle, Kilkeel and Warrenpoint. The electorate is varied, from the affluent suburban areas on the fringes of Newry at the far south-west of the seat and the growing residential areas in the north of the seat around Crossgar, to the isolated traditional communities within the Mountains of Mourne that cover much of the south of the seat and the deprived Flying Horse estate in the largely Catholic town of Downpatrick.

For mainland observers of politics South Down is best known as the Ulster bolthole of Enoch Powell after his resignation from the Conservative party. Powell represented the seat for 13 years, but demographic change and retreating boundaries as the population grew have gradually made the seat more Catholic. Where once it was evenly split, it is now two-thirds Catholic and a safe nationalist seat, held by the veteran SDLP politician Eddie McGrady. At the 2007 Assembly election it returned 2 SDLP, 2 Sinn Fein, 1 DUP and 1 UUP assemblymen.

portraitCurrent MP: Eddie McGrady (SDLP) born 1935, Downpatrick. Educated at St. Patricks Grammar School and Belfast Technical College. Chartered accountant. First elected as MP for South Down in 1987.

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