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 North Belfast
Other DUP gain from UUP
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Nigel Dodds DUP 16,718 40.8  
Gerry Kelly Sinn Fein 10,331 25.2 +5.0
Alban Maginness SDLP 8,592 21.0 +0.6
Cecil Walker UUP 4,904 12.0 -39.8
Marcella Delaney Workers Party 253 0.6 -0.1
Rainbow Weiss Vote 4 Yourself 134 0.3  
Majority 6,387 15.6
Turnout 40,932 67.2 +3.1

Description
This seat contains some of the most strife-ridden areas of the city.

Although it has a predominantly unionist population, there is a significant minority of Catholics (approximately 37%), and there are some well-known Catholic enclaves in the seat: areas such as the Ardoyne, Cliftonville and New Lodge all conjure up memories of some of the tragic events seen over the last 30 years.

Aside from some of the more rundown parts of the city centre which are currently enjoying rejuvenation, the seat extends up along the Antrim Road into some more pleasant residential areas.

This may well prove to be the most interesting contest to watch in Northern Ireland on election night - a four-way marginal between the UUP, DUP, SDLP and Sinn Fein. When all four parties stood in 1979, the DUP won with only 27% of the vote, though the seat has been UUP since 1983

In the 1998 Assembly election the six seats each went to a different party, with Sinn Féin topping the poll with only 21.3%, with the DUP and SDLP both barely 100 votes behind.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 North Belfast
UUP hold
Name Party Votes %
Cecil Walker UUP 21,478 51.8
Alban Maginness SDLP 8,454 20.4
Gerry Kelly Sinn Fein 8,375 20.2
Tom Campbell Alliance Party NI 2,221 5.4
Peter Emerson Green 539 1.3
Paul Treanor Workers Party 297 0.7
Andrea Gribben Natural Law 88 0.2
Majority 13,024 31.4
Turnout 41,452 64.1
 
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