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 South Belfast
Other UUP hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Martin Smyth UUP 17,008 44.8 +8.8
Alasdair McDonnell SDLP 11,609 30.6 +6.3
Monica McWilliams NI Women 2,968 7.8  
Alex Maskey Sinn Fein 2,894 7.6 +2.5
Geraldine Rice Alliance Party NI 2,042 5.4 -7.5
Dawn Purvis PUP 1,112 2.9 -11.5
Paddy Lynn Workers Party 204 0.5 -0.2
Rainbow Weiss Vote 4 Yourself 115 0.3  
Majority 5,399 14.2
Turnout 37,952 63.9 +1.9

Description
Of the four Belfast seats, this is probably the most affluent with several middle-class areas. It takes in much of the city centre, including Belfast City Hall. It includes several prosperous suburbs, the student populated university area and Belfast's 'golden mile' of restaurants and bars.

This seat also includes the Ormeau Road, the site of one of the most contentious Orange marches each year but the electoral ward of Ballynafeigh itself has a mixed population. Not far from there is Ian Paisley’s Martyrs’ Memorial Free Presbyterian Church on the Ravenhill Road.

Since Reverend Bradford’s death, the seat has been represented at Westminster by the Reverend Martin Smyth, the Ulster Unionist who in March 2000, as a staunch opponent of the Good Friday Agreement, unsuccessfully challenged David Trimble for the party leadership.

At the 1998 Assembly election the leader of the Women’s Coalition, Monica McWilliams, won a seat in South Belfast.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 South Belfast
UUP hold
Name Party Votes %
Martin Smyth UUP 14,201 36.0
Alasdair McDonnell SDLP 9,601 24.3
David Ervine PUP 5,687 14.4
Steve McBride Alliance Party NI 5,112 12.9
Sean Hayes Sinn Fein 2,019 5.1
Annie Campbell Independent 1,204 3.0
Myrtle Boal Conservative 962 2.4
Niall Cusack Independent 292 0.7
Patrick Lynn Workers Party 286 0.7
James Anderson Natural Law 120 0.3
Majority 4,600 11.7
Turnout 39,484 62.0
 
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