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Northern Ireland

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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Identity in the U.K.?

August 14, 2013

A quick quiz… I’ve been in two different towns in the same county today. See if you can work out which one has the left-wing MP, and which has the rabidly right-wing one. Town A is a charming old town of stone buildings laid over seven hills, two of which are topped by cathedrals, another […]

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Has the Boundary Commission Done Sinn Fein a Favour?

September 24, 2011

Last week, I posted on the impact of the proposed boundary changes on the political parties in London and promised to cover other regions in later posts.  For the second part of this series, I’ve taken a look at the home of the South family of yesteryear, Northern Ireland.  The map below shows the current […]

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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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Week 19: Hero – David McClarty MLA

May 15, 2011

Our Hero Of The Week award goes to David McClarty, the independent Unionist in the Northern Ireland Assembly David McClarty is a former Ulster Unionist member of the Northern Irish Assembly who was returned as an independent Unionist last week for the East Londonderry seat that he has represented since 1998.  He is our hero of […]

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Elections 2011: The Aftermath – #6 Northern Ireland

May 10, 2011

The extremely slow counting and less than spectacular shifts in power has limited the coverage of the Northern Ireland elections on Thursday, both for their Assembly and on the 27 councils there.  Northern Ireland of course uses Single Transferable Vote rather than First Past For Post for all its non-Westminster elections. THE WINNERS 1. Democratic Unionist Party Peter Robinson has […]

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