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Belfast West

New NI Boundary Changes Make Smaller Parliament More Likely

February 5, 2018

Last week, the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland released its revised recommendations for the province’s constituencies. These recommendations were significantly better for the DUP than the previous draft proposals. That makes it more likely that the DUP will now vote with the Conservatives in the Commons to approve the proposed changes to constituencies across the […]

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A Quick Look At By-Election Turnout

March 12, 2013

In my recent post on the Mid Ulster by-election, I noted the exceptionally high turnout at this election in comparison to others during this Parliament.  The week before, Eastleigh had also chalked up a relatively high turnout. I thought I ought to do a quick post to look at this.  As a rule, by-elections have […]

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Belfast West swings to the left

June 17, 2011

Last week, I wrote on the eve of the Belfast West by-election that I thought it would be pretty uneventful and that Sinn Fein would hold it easily.  I thought that the predictability of the result would mean a poor turnout: given the time it took for the election writ to be moved, it seemed as if […]

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By-election special: Belfast West

June 8, 2011

The press have largely ignored tomorrow’s by-election what is arguably the nation’s most exceptional constituency.  Four and a half months after Gerry Adams resigned Belfast West gets the chance to pick his successor. Belfast West is the most Catholic constituency in the UK (83%) and one of its poorest: 77% of children live in households […]

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Some Problems With AV…

April 10, 2011

We’ve posted before about how poor the arguments from both the Yes and No campaigns have been on the Alternative Vote.  This is an attempt to look at a few concerns I have with AV without the stupid arguments about voting machines and this costing the lives of soldiers and infants (no, Baroness Warsi, the […]

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