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Social Democratic & Labour Party

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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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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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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