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 Upper Bann
Other UUP hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Trimble UUP 17,095 33.5 -10.1
David Simpson DUP 15,037 29.5 +18.0
Dara O'Hagan Sinn Fein 10,771 21.1 +9.0
Dolores Kelly SDLP 7,607 14.9 -9.3
Tom French Workers Party 527 1.0 -0.2
Majority 2,058 4.0
Turnout 51,037 70.3 +2.5

Description
This seat is the political home of Northern Irelandís First Minister, David Trimble, who won it in a 1990 by-election.

The northern half of the seat takes in the whole of Craigavon District Council, which includes the towns of Portadown and Lurgan, as well as the southern shores of Lough Neagh.

The southern half takes in part of Banbridge District Council, including the town of Banbridge itself, with the constituency name being taken from the River Bann, which flows into Lough Neagh.

Portadown is best known to outsiders because it encompasses Drumcree Parish Church and the Garvaghy Road, site of the most contentious annual Orange March. In 2000, for the third year running, Orangemen were not allowed to march down the mainly nationalist Garvaghy Road, and much violence was seen, with water cannons being used on protesters for the first time in decades.

Mr Trimble won last time with a reduced vote share due to the appearance of a DUP candidate, but he nevertheless won with a majority of nearly 10,000.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Upper Bann
UUP hold
Name Party Votes %
David Trimble UUP 20,836 43.6
Brid Rodgers SDLP 11,584 24.2
Bernadette O'Hagan Sinn Fein 5,773 12.1
Mervyn Carrick DUP 5,482 11.5
William Ramsay Alliance Party NI 3,017 6.3
Tom French Workers Party 554 1.2
Brian Price Conservative 433 0.9
Jack Lyons Natural Law 108 0.2
Majority 9,252 19.4
Turnout 47,787 67.8
 
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