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 Lagan Valley
Other UUP hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jeffrey Donaldson UUP 25,966 56.5 +1.1
Seamus Close Alliance Party NI 7,624 16.6 -0.6
Edwin Poots DUP 6,164 13.4 -0.2
Patricia Lewsley SDLP 3,462 7.5 -0.3
Paul Butler Sinn Fein 2,725 5.9 +3.4
Majority 18,342 39.9
Turnout 45,941 63.2 +1.1

Description
This is the political home of the youngest Ulster Unionist MP, Jeffrey Donaldson, who was agent to Enoch Powell in the 1980s and is now seen as the rising star of the hardline wing of his party.

His seat - the fastest growing in the province - takes in the area to the south and west of Belfast, and takes its name from the River Lagan, which eventually flows on into Belfast.

It is a mainly residential constituency with some textile and light industry, agriculture and a little tourism.

The main town in the seat is Lisburn, a market town which is home to the Irish linen centre, a cathedral, and Thiepval barracks, the headquarters of the British Army in Northern Ireland.

It is convenient for commuters, with the M1 motorway linking it to Belfast, it has reasonably good rail links, and Belfast International Airport lies north of the constituency.

The seat includes the high security Maze Prison which over the years has housed Northern Ireland's paramilitary prisoners. In October 2000, the last prisoners left the jail, after they were released on licence under the Good Friday Agreement.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Lagan Valley
UUP hold
Name Party Votes %
Jeffrey Donaldson UUP 24,560 55.4
Seamus Close Alliance Party NI 7,635 17.2
Edwin Poots DUP 6,005 13.6
Dolores Kelly SDLP 3,436 7.8
Stuart Sexton Conservative 1,212 2.7
Sue Ramsey Sinn Fein 1,110 2.5
Frances McCarthy Workers Party 203 0.5
Hugh Finlay Natural Law 149 0.3
Majority 16,925 38.2
Turnout 44,310 62.1
 
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