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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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Mid Ulster – The Results

March 10, 2013

With all the excitement of last week’s by-election in Eastleigh, this week’s by-election in Mid Ulster has been largely overlooked, at least on this side of the Irish Sea. Whilst perhaps not that surprising, it is a pretty shameful state of affairs.  Of the fifteen by-elections that have taken place in this parliament, this has […]

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By-election update: Mid Ulster

February 17, 2013

With all the media attention focusing in on the Eastleigh by-election, the human drama of the by-election the following week (7 March) in Northern Ireland is being largely overlooked on this side of the Irish Sea. The Mid Ulster contest, caused by Martin McGuinness’s resignation to concentrate on his role as Deputy First Minister, has […]

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By-Election Special: Mid Ulster

October 16, 2012

With the news at the weekend about Stuart Bell’s death, the tally of outstanding by-elections now stands at six.  Middlesbrough becomes the tenth by-election required in this Parliament in a Labour-held constituency, compared to one in a Tory-held one and two in Sinn Fein-held ones.  This post focuses on one of the latter two: the […]

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Labour’s Higgins cruises to Irish Presidency

October 28, 2011

The final result from yesterday’s presidential election in the Republic of Ireland won’t be known until tomorrow, but it is clear that 70-year old poet Michael D Higgins, the former minister for culture and the Irish Labour Party’s candidate, will win from the count of first preferences.  He took 40% of the first preferences, compared […]

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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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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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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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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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Week 14: Hero(es) – The People of Omagh

April 10, 2011

This week’s hero of the week award goes to the people of Omagh The small and quietly attractive market town of Omagh, nestling beneath the Sperrin mountains, would probably have a Tory MP (rather than a Sinn Fein one) if it was in England.  Despite (or possibly because of) having similar numbers of Catholics and Protestants, […]

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Looking Through Eamon Gilmore’s Eyes

March 6, 2011

Eamon Gilmore, the leader of the Irish Labour Party, has had an interesting journey in politics, from Official IRA fellow traveller in the 70’s to Irish Deputy Prime Minister (Tanaiste) today.  This last step seems like a massive misjudgement for the future well-being of his party. Gilmore is in many ways an admirable figure: a […]

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Irish Election Update #2

February 27, 2011

The results for twelve seats (in Galway West, Laois-Offaly and Wicklow) are still outstanding, but this is the current position on the Irish election: Fine Gael: 70 seats Labour: 36 seats Fianna Fail: 18 seats (including speaker) Sinn Fein: 13 seats Independents: 13 seats United Left Alliance: 4 seats  The Greens have been wiped out.  […]

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Irish Election Update

February 26, 2011

RTE have published this exit poll by Millward Brown Lansdowne from yesterday’s Irish General Election.  Based on these numbers, RTE project that the parties will have the following seats: Fine Gael: 72 seats (+21) Labour: 38 seats (+18) Fianna Fail: 20 seats (-57) Sinn Fein: 15 seats (+11) Greens: 1 seat (-5) Others (including Speaker): 20 […]

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I Agree With … Gerry ?!?!

January 25, 2011

Given my (part) Northern Irish Protestant heritage, and having relatives who witnessed the Omagh bomb, I find it hard to admit that I agree with Gerry Adams. But Gerry Adams is absolutely right when he refuses to play along with obscure Parliamentary procedure in resigning as MP for Belfast West to stand in the Republic of […]

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Self Dail-usion rules in Ireland

January 25, 2011

In the wake of their financial collapse, Ireland’s political elite appear to be lost in a fog of self-delusion. I have written before about their delusion of their relationship with the banks, ‘need’ for massive public sector cuts and downright voodoo free-market dogma that have led to its economic death spiral. Taoiseach Brian Cowen seems […]

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Donegal: Sinn Fein Succeed Where Fianna Fail

November 28, 2010

As predicted, Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty won the Donegal South West by-election held on Thursday. However, the scale of the victory may show that something fundamental is shifting in the Republic’s politics: Sinn Fein’s 40% share of first preferences equalled the tally for both the big parties combined. The Irish general election, expected next spring, […]

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