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 Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Other Sinn Fein gain from UUP
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Michelle Gildernew Sinn Fein 17,739 34.1 +11.0
James Cooper UUP 17,686 34.0 -17.5
Tommy Gallagher SDLP 9,706 18.7 -4.2
Jim Dixon Independent 6,843 13.2  
Majority 53 0.1
Turnout 51,974 78.0 +3.4

Description
This seat remains well known as the site of two bitterly fought by-elections in 1981. Bobby Sands, an IRA prisoner on hunger strike, fought the election from prison and won, only to die during the protests at the Maze Prison the following month.

In the ensuing by-election, his election agent, Owen Carron, won the seat, although he lost to sitting MP Ken Maginnis in 1983, when an SDLP candidate split the Catholic vote.

The largest town in the constituency is Enniskillen, which the IRA bombed during the 1987 remembrance day ceremony. It has a population of over 11,000, and is a popular shopping centre, with a large lakeside theatre and excellent angling facilities. Also in the town are Enniskillen Castle and an Anglican cathedral.

The other principal town is Dungannon, a textile manufacturing town in the south east of County Tyrone, which attracts many visitors to both the glassware works of Tyrone Crystal and the Moygashel Mills, one of the most famous names in Irish linen history.

Today there is an almost 50-50 Protestant-Catholic split in the seat: in recent elections the SDLP and Sinn Féin have both fielded candidates, whereas the unionist vote has united behind the UUP.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Fermanagh and South Tyrone
UUP hold
Name Party Votes %
Ken Maginnis UUP 24,862 51.5
Gerry McHugh Sinn Fein 11,174 23.1
Tommy Gallagher SDLP 11,060 22.9
Stephen Farry Alliance Party NI 977 2.0
Simeon Gillan Natural Law 217 0.4
Majority 13,688 28.3
Turnout 48,290 74.6
 
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