Belfast West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Belfast West
borough constituency
for the House of Commons
BelfastWestConstituency.svg
Boundary of Belfast West in Northern Ireland
Districts of Northern Ireland Belfast, Lisburn
Electorate 60,817 (March 2011)
Major settlements Belfast
Current constituency
Created 1922
Member of Parliament Paul Maskey (Sinn Féin)
Created from Belfast Falls, Belfast St Anne's and Belfast Woodvale
18851918
Number of membersOne
Type of constituency Borough constituency
Replaced by Belfast Falls, Belfast St Anne's and Belfast Woodvale
Created from Belfast

Belfast West is a parliamentary constituency (seat) in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. The current MP is Paul Maskey of Sinn Féin.

Contents

In 2017, it ranked the most secure of Northern Ireland's 18 seats by percentage and/or numerical tally of its winning majority, followed by North Down and by North Antrim respectively. [1]

Boundaries

Belfast West (UK Parliament constituency)
Map of current boundaries

1885–1918: In the Borough of Belfast, Smithfield ward, that part of St. Anne's ward bounded on the north-west by a line drawn along the centre of Carrick Hill, that part of St. George's ward lying to the north of a line drawn along the centre of Grosvenor Street and west of a line drawn along the centre of Durham Street, and the townlands of Ballymagarry and Ballymurphy in the parish of Shankill.

1922–1974: The County Borough of Belfast wards of Court, Falls, St. Anne's, St. George's, Smithfield, and Woodvale.

1974–1983: The County Borough of Belfast wards of Court, Falls, St Anne's, St George's, Smithfield, and Woodvale, and the Rural District of Lisburn electoral divisions of Andersonstown, Ballygammon, and Ladybrook.

1983–1997: The District of Belfast wards of Andersonstown, Ballygomartin, Central, Clonard, Court, Falls, Grosvenor, Highfield, Ladybrook, Milltown, North Howard, St James, Suffolk, and Whiterock.

1997–2010: The District of Belfast wards of Andersonstown, Beechmount, Clonard, Falls, Falls Park, Glencairn, Glencolin, Glen Road, Highfield, Ladybrook, Shankill, Upper Springfield, and Whiterock, and the District of Lisburn wards of Collin Glen, Kilwee, Poleglass, and Twinbrook.

2010–present: The District of Belfast wards of Andersonstown, Beechmount, Clonard, Falls, Falls Park, Glencairn, Glencolin, Glen Road, Highfield, Ladybrook, Shankill, Upper Springfield, and Whiterock, and the City of Lisburn wards of Collin Glen, Dunmurry, Kilwee, Poleglass, Twinbrook, and part of Derryaghy.

The seat was restored in 1922 (having been abolished for the 1918 general election) when as part of the establishment of the devolved Stormont Parliament for Northern Ireland, the number of MPs in the Westminster Parliament was drastically cut. In 1983 the Sandy Row and Donegall Road areas were removed [2] leaving a seat centred on the west section of Belfast, though between 1983 and 1997 it included the area around the Docks on the north east side of the Lagan Estuary. [3]

Prior to the 2010 general election, boundary changes added the Dunmurry ward and the northern part of Derriaghy ward to this seat. Following public consultation, the proposals were passed through Parliament via the Northern Ireland Parliamentary Constituencies Order. [4] In an unprecedented move by a Boundary Commission, an electoral ward was split between constituencies following disquiet in parts of Derriaghy. This ward is now split between Belfast West and Lagan Valley.

History

Belfast West has historically been the most nationalist of Belfast's four constituencies, though it is only in the last few decades that the votes for unionist parties have plunged to tiny levels. The constituency is largely made of a long, slender, belt along the Falls Road and its suburban extensions, with three of the five wards from the staunchly unionist Shankill area now something of a bolt-on, with a several kilometre long peace line dividing them from the rest of the constituency. There is also a smaller Protestant enclave at Suffolk.

The tenor of the constituency is largely working class and in the 1991 census it was one of only twenty constituencies where the majority of housing was still state owned. Although there are now large pockets of middle-class housing in Andersonstown and other suburban parts of the seat. Closer to the centre public-sector terraced housing, both Victorian and high quality modern housing, predominates, while in the suburbs, leafy pockets are scattered among post-War housing estates such as Lenadoon and Twinbrook.

The Westminster constituency was consistently held by the Ulster Unionist Party but always had strong Labour movement sympathies. In the 1923 UK general election, the Belfast Labour Party came within 1,000 votes of taking the seat. A by-election in 1943 was won by Jack Beattie, standing for the Northern Ireland Labour Party. For the next twenty-three years the seat would regularly change from unionist to nationalist/labour, with the latter represented by a variety of parties.

In the 1966 general election the seat was won by Gerry Fitt of the Republican Labour Party. Later in 1970 he left that party to become a founder and first leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party. In the February 1974 general election, Belfast West was the only constituency in Northern Ireland to elect an MP supporting the Sunningdale Agreement. Fitt's majority was a narrow 2180 votes in February 1974 primarily due to the candidature of Albert Price, father of the Price sisters who were in prison in England for PIRA related offences. However the candidacy of a UVF backed candidate in October 1974 and a declining Unionist vote in 1979 led to him increasing his majorities in subsequent years. He retained the seat for the next nine years but increasingly distanced himself from nationalist groups and in late 1979 he left the SDLP altogether. He sat as an independent socialist but lost his seat in the 1983 General Election when it was won by Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin. The Unionist vote which had still been at 30% in the 1982 Assembly elections was cut to 20% as a result of the 1983 boundary changes which, while adding the loyalist Glencairn area, removed the Donegall Road, Sandy Row and added the Nationalist Lenadoon area.

Adams' share of the vote, at 37%, was short of a majority and he achieved victory only due to Fitt and the SDLP candidate splitting the non-Sinn Féin vote. In 1987 Adams narrowly held his seat, but lost it in the 1992 general election amidst a strong tactical voting campaign in favour of Joe Hendron of the Social Democratic and Labour Party by unionists [5] in the Shankill Road area of the constituency. After the election a constituent, Maura McCrory, lodged an election petition challenging the result. The election court reported Hendron personally guilty of the illegal practice of failing to deliver a declaration verifying the return of his election expenses, and guilty through his election agent of failing to deliver a verified return of election expenses within 35 days, exceeding the maximum spending by £782.02, and failing to pay all the expenses within 28 days. Hendron's agent was also reported personally guilty of distributing election material without the name and address of the printer and publisher. The Judges granted both Hendron and his agent relief from their findings, on the grounds that the law had been broken through inadvertence; they therefore certified that Hendron had been duly elected. [6]

In the mid-1990s the Boundary Commission originally suggested removing the Shankill wards from the constituency and replacing them with about half of the Belfast South constituency namely the 6 wards of the Balmoral Electoral Area and the Shaftesbury ward, effectively transforming the seat into a Belfast South West constituency.

The subsequent local enquiries were bitterly contested with the SDLP favouring the commission's original proposals which would add an area where Sinn Féin had little support (and aside from the Shaftesbury ward, had not contested in council elections), while Sinn Féin argued instead for adding the mostly republican Twinbrook and Poleglass estates (where they were outpolling the SDLP in council elections by a margin of 3 to 1). With all parties except the SDLP supporting an option of retaining four seats in Belfast the latter option became the commissions final proposals and the Shankill wards remained in the constituency.

The boundary changes, coupled with the IRA ceasefire, meant that support for Sinn Féin in the constituency soared to new levels and in all elections held in the seat since 1996 they have taken over 50% of the vote. In 1997 Adams regained the seat and held it in 2001, 2005 and 2010. In 2011, Adams decided to stand in the 2011 Republic of Ireland general election and vacated his seat.

In the 2016 referendum to leave the European Union, the constituency voted remain by 74.1%. [7]

Members of Parliament

The Member of Parliament since a 2011 by-election is Paul Maskey of Sinn Féin, who succeeded Gerry Adams, the party president. Adams previously held the seat from 1983 to 1992 when he lost it to Joe Hendron of the Social Democratic and Labour Party but regained it in 1997.

In November 2010, Adams announced his intention to contest the imminent election in the Republic of Ireland. Although the Disqualifications Act 2000 permits MPs to sit in Dáil Éireann, he submitted a letter of resignation to the Speaker in January 2011. However, the prescribed procedure for vacating a parliamentary seat involves applying for the post of Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead, which he had "no intention" of doing. Thus he was still considered to hold the seat. [8] On 26 January, HM Treasury announced that Adams had been appointed as Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, claimed that Adams had applied for the appointment, but this was later clarified to state that he had not requested the appointment. Adams stated the Prime Minister's private secretary had apologised to him for making the announcement that Adams had 'accepted' the position, when in fact Adams' resignation letter was taken to be a request to be so appointed, whatever his own wishes. [9]

Monument to James Horner Haslett, MP & Mayor of Belfast, grounds of Belfast City Hall James Horner Haslett Belfast.jpg
Monument to James Horner Haslett, MP & Mayor of Belfast, grounds of Belfast City Hall
ElectionMemberParty
1885 James Horner Haslett Conservative
1886 Thomas Sexton Irish Parliamentary
1890 Irish National Federation
1892 H. O. Arnold-Forster Liberal Unionist
1906 Joseph Devlin Irish Parliamentary
1918 constituency abolished
1922 constituency recreated
1922 Robert Lynn Ulster Unionist
1929 W. E. D. Allen Ulster Unionist
1931 New Party
1931 Alexander Browne Ulster Unionist
1943 by-election Jack Beattie Labour (NI)
1943 Independent Labour
1945 Federation of Labour
1949 Irish Labour
1950 James MacManaway Ulster Unionist
1950 by-election Thomas Teevan Ulster Unionist
1951 Jack Beattie Irish Labour
1955 Patricia McLaughlin Ulster Unionist
1964 James Kilfedder Ulster Unionist
1966 Gerry Fitt Republican Labour
1970 Social Democratic and Labour
1979 Independent
1983 Gerry Adams Sinn Féin
1992 Joe Hendron Social Democratic and Labour
1997 Gerry Adams Sinn Féin
2011 by-election Paul Maskey Sinn Féin

Election results

Belfast West Results 1922-2019.png

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2019: Belfast West [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Sinn Féin Paul Maskey 20,866 53.8 ―12.9
People Before Profit Gerry Carroll 6,19416.0+5.8
DUP Frank McCoubrey 5,22013.5+0.1
SDLP Paul Doherty2,9857.7+0.7
Alliance Donnamarie Higgins1,8824.9+3.1
Aontú Monica Digney1,6354.2New
Majority14,67237.8―15.5
Turnout 38,78259.1―6.3
Registered electors 65,621
Sinn Féin hold Swing

This seat had the largest Sinn Féin vote share at the 2019 general election. It also saw the only increase in vote share for the DUP at the election. [11]

General election 2017: Belfast West [12] [13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Sinn Féin Paul Maskey 27,107 66.7 +12.5
DUP Frank McCoubrey 5,45513.4+5.6
People Before Profit Gerry Carroll 4,13210.2―9.0
SDLP Tim Attwood2,8607.0―2.8
Alliance Sorcha Eastwood 7311.9+0.1
Workers' Party Conor Campbell3480.9―0.8
Majority21,65253.3+18.3
Turnout 40,83065.41+9.1
Registered electors 62,423
Sinn Féin hold Swing +12.5
General election 2015: Belfast West [14] [15] [16] [17]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Sinn Féin Paul Maskey 19,163 54.2 ―16.9
People Before Profit Gerry Carroll 6,79819.2N/A
SDLP Alex Attwood 3,4759.8―6.6
DUP Frank McCoubrey 2,7737.8+0.2
Ulster Unionist Bill Manwaring1,0883.10.0
UKIP Brian Higginson7652.2New
Alliance Gerard Catney6361.8―0.1
Workers' Party John Lowry 5971.7New
NI Conservatives Paul Shea340.1New
Majority12,36535.0―19.7
Turnout 35,32956.3+2.3
Registered electors 62,697
Sinn Féin hold Swing ―14.0
2011 Belfast West by-election [18] [19]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Sinn Féin Paul Maskey 16,211 70.6 ―0.5
SDLP Alex Attwood 3,08813.5―2.9
People Before Profit Gerry Carroll 1,7517.6New
DUP Brian Kingston1,3936.1―1.5
Ulster Unionist Bill Manwaring3861.7―1.4
Alliance Aaron McIntyre1220.5―1.4
Majority13,12357.1+2.4
Turnout 22,95137.5―16.5
Registered electors 61,441
Sinn Féin hold Swing +1.2
General election 2010: Belfast West [20]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams 22,840 71.1 +2.5
SDLP Alex Attwood 5,26116.4+0.3
DUP William Humphrey 2,4367.6―3.3
UCU-NF Bill Manwaring1,0003.1+0.6
Alliance Máire Hendron 5961.9+1.8
Majority17,57954.7―1.2
Turnout 32,13354.0―13.5
Registered electors 59,522
Sinn Féin hold Swing +1.1

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2005: Belfast West [21]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams 24,348 70.5 +4.4
SDLP Alex Attwood 5,03314.6―4.3
DUP Diane Dodds 3,65210.6+4.2
Ulster Unionist Chris McGimpsey7792.3―3.9
Workers' Party John Lowry 4321.3―0.5
Rainbow Dream Ticket Lynda Gilby1540.4+0.2
Independent Liam Kennedy 1470.4New
Majority19,31555.9+8.7
Turnout 34,54564.2―4.5
Registered electors 53,536
Sinn Féin hold Swing +4.4
General election 2001: Belfast West [22]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams 27,096 66.1 +10.2
SDLP Alex Attwood 7,75418.9―19.8
DUP Eric Smyth 2,6416.4New
Ulster Unionist Chris McGimpsey2,5416.2+2.8
Workers' Party John Lowry 7361.8+0.2
Third Way David Kerr 1160.3New
Rainbow Dream Ticket Rainbow George Weiss 980.2New
Majority19,34247.2+30.0
Turnout 40,98268.7―5.5
Registered electors 59,617
Sinn Féin hold Swing +15.0

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1997: Belfast West [23]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams 25,662 55.9 +13.9
SDLP Joe Hendron 17,75338.7―5.5
Ulster Unionist Frederick Parkinson1,5563.4―8.2
Workers' Party John Lowry 7211.6New
Human RightsLiam Kennedy1020.2New
Natural Law Mary Daly910.2N/A
Majority7,90917.2N/A
Turnout 45,88574.3+1.1
Registered electors 61,785
Sinn Féin gain from SDLP Swing ―9.7

1997 Changes are compared to the 1992 notional results shown below. [24]

Notional 1992 UK General Election Result : Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
SDLP N/A20,045 44.2 N/A
Sinn Féin N/A19,02742.0N/A
Ulster Unionist N/A5,27511.6N/A
OthersN/A9752.2N/A
Majority1,0182.3N/A
General election 1992: Belfast West [25]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
SDLP Joe Hendron 17,415 43.6 +7.9
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams 16,82642.1+1.0
Ulster Unionist Fred Cobain 4,76611.9―6.8
Workers' Party John Lowry 7501.9―2.5
Natural Law Michael Francis Kennedy2130.5New
Majority5891.5N/A
Turnout 34,54573.2+4.1
Registered electors 54,644
SDLP gain from Sinn Féin Swing

Elections in the 1980s

General election 1987: Belfast West [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams 16,862 41.1 +4.2
SDLP Joe Hendron 14,64135.7+11.1
Ulster Unionist Frank Millar 7,64618.7+13.2
Workers' Party Mary McMahon1,8194.4+0.1
Majority2,2215.4―6.9
Turnout 40,96869.1―5.2
Registered electors 59,324
Sinn Féin hold Swing
General election 1983: Belfast West [27]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams 16,379 36.9 New
SDLP Joe Hendron 10,93424.6―14.4
Independent Socialist Gerry Fitt 10,32623.3―26.2
Ulster Unionist Thomas Passmore 2,4355.5―19.0
DUP George Albert Haffey2,3995.4―5.8
Workers' Party Mary McMahon1,8934.3―2.4
Majority5,44512.3N/A
Turnout 44,36674.3+13.7
Registered electors 59,675
Sinn Féin gain from SDLP Swing

Following the 1979 election, Fitt became increasingly at odds with the SDLP and left it, continuing to sit as an independent socialist.

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1979: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
SDLP Gerry Fitt 16,480 49.5 +0.5
Ulster Unionist Thomas Passmore 8,24524.8New
DUP Billy Dickson 3,71611.2―25.3
Republican Clubs Brian Brennan2,2846.9―1.1
Alliance John Cousins2,0246.1New
NI Labour Derek O'Brien Peters5401.6New
Majority8,23524.7+12.2
Turnout 33,28956.5―10.7
Registered electors 58,884
SDLP hold Swing
General election October 1974: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
SDLP Gerry Fitt 21,821 49.0 +8.0
DUP John McQuade 16,26536.50.0
Republican Clubs Kitty O'Kane3,5478.0+1.5
Volunteer Political Party Ken Gibson 2,6906.0New
Marxist–Leninist (Ireland) Peter Donal Patrick Kerins2030.5New
Majority5,55612.5+8.0
Turnout 44,52667.2―4.3
Registered electors 66,279
SDLP hold Swing
General election February 1974: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
SDLP Gerry Fitt 19,554 41.0
DUP John McQuade 17,37436.5
Independent Republican Albert Price5,66211.9
Republican Clubs John Brady3,0886.5
NI Labour Billy Boyd 1,9894.2
Majority2,1804.5
Turnout 47,66771.5−13.0
Registered electors 66,639
SDLP gain from Republican Labour Swing

After the 1970 election Fitt left the Republican Labour Party to cofound the Social Democratic & Labour Party. The remains of Republican Labour had disintegrated by 1974.

General election 1970: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican Labour Gerry Fitt 30,649 52.8 +0.8
Ulster Unionist Brian McRoberts 27,45147.3−0.7
Majority3,1985.5+1.5
Turnout 58,10084.5+9.7
Registered electors 68,665
Republican Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1966: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican Labour Gerry Fitt 26,292 52.0 +23.7
Ulster Unionist James Kilfedder 24,28148.0+6.8
Majority2,0114.0N/A
Turnout 50,57374.8+0.1
Registered electors 67,588
Republican Labour gain from Ulster Unionist Swing
General election 1964: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Ulster Unionist James Kilfedder 21,337 41.2 –12.9
Republican Labour Harry Diamond 14,67828.3New
NI Labour Billy Boyd 12,57924.3New
Independent Republican Billy McMillen 3,2566.3New
Majority6,65912.9–3.6
Turnout 51,85074.7+2.0
Registered electors 69,399
Ulster Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General election 1959: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Ulster Unionist Patricia McLaughlin 28,898 54.1 –4.2
Ind. Labour Group John Joseph Brennan 20,06237.6New
Sinn Féin Thomas Heenan4,4168.3–6.1
Majority8,83616.5–14.4
Turnout 53,37672.7–2.0
Registered electors 73,405
Ulster Unionist hold Swing
General election 1955: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Ulster Unionist Patricia McLaughlin 34,191 58.3 +8.3
Irish Labour Jack Beattie 20,06227.4–22.6
Sinn Féin Eamonn Boyce 8,44714.4New
Majority18,14130.9+30.9
Turnout 62,70074.7–9.4
Registered electors 78,589
Ulster Unionist gain from Irish Labour Swing
General election 1951: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Irish Labour Jack Beattie 33,174 50.0 +3.7
Ulster Unionist Thomas Teevan 33,14950.0–1.5
Majority250.0N/A
Turnout 66,32384.1+0.5
Registered electors 78,828
Irish Labour gain from Ulster Unionist Swing
1950 Belfast West by-election [28]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Ulster Unionist Thomas Teevan 31,796 50.8 –0.7
Irish Labour Jack Beattie 30,83349.2+2.9
Majority9131.4–3.8
Turnout 62,62979.8-3.8
Registered electors 78,459
Ulster Unionist hold Swing
General election 1950: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Ulster Unionist James Godfrey MacManaway 33,917 51.5 +5.0
Irish Labour Jack Beattie 30,53946.3–7.2
Sinn Féin Jimmy Steele 1,4822.2New
Majority3,3785.2N/A
Turnout 65,93883.6+10.5
Registered electors 78,896
Ulster Unionist gain from Independent Swing

Elections in the 1940s

General election 1945: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Independent Labour Jack Beattie 30,787 53.5 N/A
Ulster Unionist Knox Cunningham 26,72946.5–16.1
Majority4,0587.0N/A
Turnout 57,51673.1+5.1
Registered electors 78,674
Independent Labour gain from Ulster Unionist Swing
Belfast West by-election, 1943 [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
NI Labour Jack Beattie 19,936 46.2 New
Ulster Unionist Knox Cunningham 14,42633.4–29.2
Ind. Unionist Association William McConnell Wilton 7,55117.5New
Independent Republican Hugh Corvin 1,2502.9–34.5
Majority5,51012.8N/A
Turnout 43,16354.8–13.2
Registered electors 78,763
NI Labour gain from Ulster Unionist Swing

Elections in the 1930s

General election 1935: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Ulster Unionist Alexander Browne 34,060 62.6 +4.0
Independent Republican Charles Leddy20,31337.4–4.0
Majority13,74725.2+8.0
Turnout 54,37368.0–0.1
Registered electors 79,902
Ulster Unionist hold Swing
General election 1931: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Ulster Unionist Alexander Browne 31,113 58.6 +0.7
Nationalist Thomas Joseph Campbell 22,00641.4–0.7
Majority9,10717.2+1.4
Turnout 53,11968.1–5.8
Registered electors 77,993
Ulster Unionist hold Swing

Note: The sitting MP, W.E.D. Allen, had joined the New Party earlier in 1931 but did not contest the seat at the general election.

Elections in the 1920s

General election 1929: Belfast West [30]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Ulster Unionist William Edward David Allen 33,274 57.9 +3.4
Nationalist Frank C.J. MacDermot 24,17742.1New
Majority9,09715.8+1.7
Turnout 57,45173.9–5.2
Registered electors 77,721
Ulster Unionist hold Swing
General election 1924: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Ulster Unionist Robert John Lynn 28,435 54.5 +1.6
NI Labour Harry Midgley 21,12240.4–3.7
Sinn Féin Patrick Nash2,6885.1New
Majority7,31314.1+8.3
Turnout 52,24579.1+8.8
Registered electors 66,010
Ulster Unionist hold Swing
General election 1923: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Ulster Unionist Robert John Lynn 24,975 52.9 N/A
Belfast Labour Harry Midgley 22,25547.1New
Majority2,7205.8N/A
Turnout 47,23070.3N/A
Registered electors 67,161
Ulster Unionist hold Swing N/A
General election 1922: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Ulster Unionist Robert John Lynn Unopposed
Registered electors
Ulster Unionist win (new seat)

Elections in the 1910s

December 1910 general election: Belfast West [31]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Irish Parliamentary Joseph Devlin 4,543 52.7 –0.2
Irish Unionist John Boyd Carpenter4,08047.3+1.1
Majority4635.4–1.3
Turnout 8,62393.4–1.8
Registered electors
Irish Parliamentary hold Swing
January 1910 general election: Belfast West [31]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Irish Parliamentary Joseph Devlin 4,651 52.9 +3.7
Irish Unionist John Boyd Carpenter4,06446.2–2.8
Independent Nationalist Patrick J. Magee750.9New
Majority5876.7+6.5
Turnout 8,79095.2+0.6
Registered electors
Irish Parliamentary hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s

General election 1906: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Irish Parliamentary Joseph Devlin 4,138 49.2 New
Liberal Unionist J. R. Smiley4,12249.0N/A
Independent Liberal Unionist Alexander Carlisle 1531.8New
Majority160.2N/A
Turnout 8,41394.6N/A
Registered electors 8,891
Irish Parliamentary gain from Liberal Unionist Swing N/A
1903 Belfast West by-election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Unionist H. O. Arnold-Forster Unopposed
Registered electors
Liberal Unionist hold
1900 general election: Belfast West
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Unionist H. O. Arnold-Forster Unopposed
Registered electors
Liberal Unionist hold

Elections in the 1890s

1895 general election: Belfast West [31]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Unionist H. O. Arnold-Forster Unopposed
Registered electors
Liberal Unionist hold
1892 general election: Belfast West [31]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Unionist H. O. Arnold-Forster 4,266 55.5 +6.2
Irish National Federation Thomas Sexton 3,42744.5–6.2
Majority83911.0N/A
Turnout 7,69392.3-0.7
Registered electors 8,334
Liberal Unionist gain from Irish Parliamentary Swing +6.2

Elections in the 1880s

1886 general election: Belfast West [31]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Irish Parliamentary Thomas Sexton 3,832 50.7 +0.9
Conservative James Horner Haslett 3,72949.3–0.9
Majority1031.4N/A
Turnout 7,56193.0+0.5
Registered electors 8,131
Irish Parliamentary gain from Conservative Swing +0.9
1885 general election: Belfast West [31]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative James Horner Haslett 3,780 50.2
Irish Parliamentary Thomas Sexton 3,74349.8
Majority370.4
Turnout 7,52392.5
Registered electors 8,131
Conservative win (new seat)

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">West Tyrone (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom

West Tyrone is a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom House of Commons. The current MP for the constituency is Órfhlaith Begley of Sinn Féin.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mid Ulster (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1950 onwards

Mid Ulster is a parliamentary constituency in the UK House of Commons. The current MP is Francie Molloy of Sinn Féin.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fermanagh and South Tyrone (UK Parliament constituency)</span>

Fermanagh and South Tyrone is a parliamentary constituency in the British House of Commons. The current MP is Michelle Gildernew of Sinn Féin.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">East Antrim (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1983 onwards

East Antrim is a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom House of Commons. The current MP is Sammy Wilson of the DUP.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">South Antrim (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1950 onwards

South Antrim is a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom House of Commons. The current MP is Paul Girvan of the Democratic Unionist Party.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Belfast North (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1922 onwards

Belfast North is a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom House of Commons. The current MP is John Finucane of Sinn Féin.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Belfast South (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1922 onwards

Belfast South is a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom House of Commons. The current MP is Claire Hanna of the SDLP.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Newry and Armagh (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1983 onwards

Newry and Armagh is a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom House of Commons. The current MP is Mickey Brady of Sinn Féin.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">South Down (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1950 onwards

South Down is a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom House of Commons. The current MP for the constituency is Chris Hazzard of Sinn Féin.

Joseph Gerard Hendron is a Northern Ireland politician, a member of the centre-left Irish nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).

Shankill, a division of Belfast, was a UK parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom from 1918 to 1922, using the first past the post electoral system.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2007 Northern Ireland Assembly election</span>

The 2007 Northern Ireland Assembly election was held on Wednesday, 7 March 2007. It was the third election to take place since the devolved assembly was established in 1998. The election saw endorsement of the St Andrews Agreement and the two largest parties, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin, along with the Alliance Party, increase their support, with falls in support for the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Belfast North (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)</span>

Belfast North was a borough constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland from 1921 to 1929. It returned four MPs, using proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2011 Belfast West by-election</span>

The 2011 Belfast West by-election was a by-election for the United Kingdom constituency of Belfast West following the resignation of the constituency's Member of Parliament, Gerry Adams in advance of his candidacy in the 2011 general election in the Republic of Ireland. A writ for a by-election was moved in the House of Commons on 16 May 2011, and the vote took place on 9 June 2011.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2015 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland</span>

The 2015 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland was held on 7 May 2015 and all 18 seats were contested. 1,236,765 people were eligible to vote, up 67,581 from the 2010 general election. 58.45% of eligible voters turned out, an increase of half a percentage point from the last general election. This election saw the return of Ulster Unionists to the House of Commons, after they targeted 4 seats but secured 2.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Gerry Carroll</span>

Gerry Carroll is a People Before Profit politician from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who has represented the Belfast West constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly since May 2016. From 2014 until 2016 he also represented the Black Mountain district electoral area on Belfast City Council.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2018 West Tyrone by-election</span>

A by-election was held in the UK Parliament constituency of West Tyrone on 3 May 2018, following the resignation of Barry McElduff, who had been the Member of Parliament (MP) since 2017. McElduff had become embroiled in a social media controversy which had resulted in his suspension from Sinn Féin on 8 January. He announced his resignation on 15 January 2018.

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