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Encyclopedia > Lagan Valley (UK Parliament constituency)

Lagan Valley is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. A constituency is any cohesive corporate unit or body bound by shared structures, goals or loyalty. ... The House of Commons is a component of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which also includes the Sovereign and the House of Lords. ... The Northern Ireland Assembly is a 108-member legislative body for Northern Ireland that sits at Stormont with powers devolved to it from the Westminster parliament. ...

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Boundaries

The seat was created in boundary changes in 1983, as part of an expansion of Northern Ireland's constituencies from 12 to 17, and was predominantly made up from parts of South Antrim and North Down. In further revisions in 1995 it lost some areas to both West Belfast and Strangford. Currently the constituency contains most of Lisburn district and part of Banbridge district. 1983 is an integer and composite number that represents a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... South Antrim is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... North Down is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... West Belfast is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... Strangford is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... Lisburn (Lios na gCearrbhach in Irish) is a city in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, with a population of about 110,000. ... Banbridge (Droichead na Banna in Irish) is a town in County Down, Northern Ireland. ...


Proposed Boundary changes

At the time of writing the Boundary Commission has published provisional recommendations for modifying the boundaries of constituencies in Northern Ireland. It is proposed to transfer one part of Lagan Valley to West Belfast and one part of Upper Bann to Lagan Valley. The changes will be subject to a series of consultations and it remains to be seen whether these proposals will be upheld. In the United Kingdom, the four Boundary Commissions are responsible for determining the boundaries of House of Commons constituencies. ... West Belfast is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... Upper Bann is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ...


Westminster elections

Member of Parliament

The Member of Parliament since 1997 is Jeffrey Donaldson who was elected as a member of the Ulster Unionist Party but switched to the Democratic Unionist Party in 2004. He succeeded James Molyneaux who had represented the seat for the UUP since the 1983 general election and previously sat for the old South Antrim constituency which covered much of the same area. A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district to a parliament; in the Westminster system, specifically to the lower house. ... The UK general election, 1997 was held on 1 May 1997. ... Jeffrey Mark Donaldson (born 7 December 1962) is a Northern Irish politician and Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley. ... The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ... The Democratic Unionist Party is a hardline Unionist party in Northern Ireland led by Ian Paisley. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... James Henry Molyneaux, Baron Molyneaux of Killead, KBE, PC (born August 27, 1920) is a Northern Irish Unionist politician and was leader of the Ulster Unionist Party from 1979 to 1995. ... The UK general election, 1983 was held on June 9, 1983 and gave the Conservatives and Margaret Thatcher the second most decisive election victory since that of Labour in 1945. ... South Antrim is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ...


Election results

General Election 2005: Lagan Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DUP Jeffrey Donaldson 23,289 54.7 +41.3
UUP Basil McCrea 9,172 21.5 -35.0
[[Alliance|]] Seamus Close 4,316 10.1 -6.5
Sinn Féin Paul Butler 3,197 7.5 +1.6
SDLP Patricia Lewsley 2,598 6.1 -1.4
Majority 14,117 33.2
Turnout 42,572 60.2 -3.0
DUP gain from UUP Swing +38.1
General Election 2001: Lagan Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Jeffrey Donaldson 25,966 56.5 +1.1
Alliance Seamus Close 7,624 16.6 -0.6
DUP Edwin Poots 6,164 13.4 -0.1
SDLP Patricia Lewsley 3,462 7.5 -0.2
Sinn Féin Paul Butler 2,725 5.9 +3.4
Majority 18,342 39.9
Turnout 45,941 63.2 +1.0
UUP hold Swing

The United Kingdom general election of 2005 was held on 5 May 2005, just over three weeks after the dissolution of Parliament on 11 April by Queen Elizabeth II, at the request of the Prime Minister, Tony Blair. ... The Democratic Unionist Party is a hardline Unionist party in Northern Ireland led by Ian Paisley. ... Jeffrey Mark Donaldson (born 7 December 1962) is a Northern Irish politician and Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley. ... The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ... Seamus Close (born August 12, 1947) is a Northern Ireland politician, member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Lagan Valley and a former deputy leader of the Alliance Party. ... -1... The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP — Irish: Páirtí Sóisialta Daonlathach an Lucht Oibre) is the smaller of the two major nationalist parties in Northern Ireland. ... The Democratic Unionist Party is a hardline Unionist party in Northern Ireland led by Ian Paisley. ... The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ... The UK general election, 2001 was held on 7 June 2001 and was dubbed the quiet landslide by the media. ... The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ... Jeffrey Mark Donaldson (born 7 December 1962) is a Northern Irish politician and Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley. ... Seamus Close (born August 12, 1947) is a Northern Ireland politician, member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Lagan Valley and a former deputy leader of the Alliance Party. ... The Democratic Unionist Party is a hardline Unionist party in Northern Ireland led by Ian Paisley. ... The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP — Irish: Páirtí Sóisialta Daonlathach an Lucht Oibre) is the smaller of the two major nationalist parties in Northern Ireland. ... -1... The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ...

Assembly and Forum elections

The six MLAs for the constituency elected in the 2003 election are: The second elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly, which at the time of the elections had been suspended for just over a year, were held on 26 November 2003. ...

Changes 2003 - present The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ... The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ... Seamus Close (born August 12, 1947) is a Northern Ireland politician, member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Lagan Valley and a former deputy leader of the Alliance Party. ... The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, or APNI, is a political party operating in Northern Ireland. ... Jeffrey Mark Donaldson (born 7 December 1962) is a Northern Irish politician and Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley. ... The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ... The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP — Irish: Páirtí Sóisialta Daonlathach an Lucht Oibre) is the smaller of the two major nationalist parties in Northern Ireland. ... The Democratic Unionist Party is a hardline Unionist party in Northern Ireland led by Ian Paisley. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January January 1 - Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ...

In the 1998 election the six MLAs elected were: Jeffrey Mark Donaldson (born 7 December 1962) is a Northern Irish politician and Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley. ... The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ... December 18 is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January January 1 - Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ... The Democratic Unionist Party is a hardline Unionist party in Northern Ireland led by Ian Paisley. ... January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The first elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly were held on June 25, 1998. ...

Changes 1998-2003 The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ... The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ... Seamus Close (born August 12, 1947) is a Northern Ireland politician, member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Lagan Valley and a former deputy leader of the Alliance Party. ... The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, or APNI, is a political party operating in Northern Ireland. ... The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP — Irish: Páirtí Sóisialta Daonlathach an Lucht Oibre) is the smaller of the two major nationalist parties in Northern Ireland. ... The Democratic Unionist Party is a hardline Unionist party in Northern Ireland led by Ian Paisley. ... The UK Unionist Party (UKUP) is a small political party operating in Northern Ireland. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January January 1 - Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ...

In the 1996 election to the Northern Ireland Peace Forum, 5 Forum members were elected from Lagan Valley. They were as follows: The UK Unionist Party (UKUP) is a small political party operating in Northern Ireland. ... The Northern Ireland Unionist Party (NIUP) is a small political party operating in Northern Ireland. ... January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The second elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly, which at the time of the elections had been suspended for just over a year, were held on 26 November 2003. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...

There are a number of notable Robert Campbells: Robert Campbell of Glenlyon (1630-1696) Scottish officer implicated in the Massacre of Glencoe. ... The Democratic Unionist Party is a hardline Unionist party in Northern Ireland led by Ian Paisley. ... The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ... The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ... Jeffrey Mark Donaldson (born 7 December 1962) is a Northern Irish politician and Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley. ... The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ... The Democratic Unionist Party is a hardline Unionist party in Northern Ireland led by Ian Paisley. ...

Politics and History of the constituency

For the history of the equivalent constituencies prior to 1950 please see Antrim (constituency) and Down (constituency) and from 1950 until 1983, please see South Antrim (constituency) and North Down (constituency). Events January January 5 - US Senator Estes Kefauver introduces a resolution calling for examination of organized crime in the USA January 6 - The United Kingdom recognizes the Peoples Republic of China. ... Events January January 5 - US Senator Estes Kefauver introduces a resolution calling for examination of organized crime in the USA January 6 - The United Kingdom recognizes the Peoples Republic of China. ... 1983 is an integer and composite number that represents a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... South Antrim is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... North Down is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ...


The constituency is overwhelming unionist and has traditionally had one of the highest votes for the Ulster Unionist Party in the entirity of Northern Ireland, due in part to the personal popularity of James Molyneaux. Since his retirement in 1997 the seat has been represented by Jeffrey Donaldson who many initially saw as the rising star of the UUP. However Donaldson has had a fractious relationship with his party which at times has been reflected in the election results. In the 1998 Assembly election he was controversially and publicly blocked from standing. In that election the UUP lost votes to many fringe Unionist parties. In the 2001 general election the votes for the UUP, Democratic Unionist Party and Alliance Party of Northern Ireland all remained remarkably steady compared to significant shifts elsewhere in the province. Then in the 2003 Assembly election Donaldson was allowed to stand, despite at this point having resigned the UUP whip at Westminster. The UUP had their best result in the election, in part due to no candidate from either the UK Unionist Party or Northern Ireland Unionist Party defending one of the seats won in 1998. Donaldson's fractious relations with the UUP continued and the following month he, together with fellow assembly member Norah Beare, left the party and joined the Democratic Unionist Party. The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP, sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or OUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland representing the unionist community, and was the party of government in Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972. ... James Henry Molyneaux, Baron Molyneaux of Killead, KBE, PC (born August 27, 1920) is a Northern Irish Unionist politician and was leader of the Ulster Unionist Party from 1979 to 1995. ... The UK general election, 1997 was held on 1 May 1997. ... Jeffrey Mark Donaldson (born 7 December 1962) is a Northern Irish politician and Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley. ... The first elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly were held on June 25, 1998. ... The UK general election, 2001 was held on 7 June 2001 and was dubbed the quiet landslide by the media. ... The Democratic Unionist Party is a hardline Unionist party in Northern Ireland led by Ian Paisley. ... The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, or APNI, is a political party operating in Northern Ireland. ... The second elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly, which at the time of the elections had been suspended for just over a year, were held on 26 November 2003. ... The UK Unionist Party (UKUP) is a small political party operating in Northern Ireland. ... The Northern Ireland Unionist Party (NIUP) is a small political party operating in Northern Ireland. ... The first elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly were held on June 25, 1998. ... The Democratic Unionist Party is a hardline Unionist party in Northern Ireland led by Ian Paisley. ...


How the defections of Donaldson and Beare will impact on the next general election is difficult to say as it is not clear whether the previous election results have been because of the personal popularity of Donaldson, the collapse of smaller unionist parties or weak campaigning by the Democratic Unionist Party. It remains to be seen if the constituency will follow Donaldson in changing parties. The Democratic Unionist Party is a hardline Unionist party in Northern Ireland led by Ian Paisley. ...


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Lagan Valley is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly.
It is proposed to transfer one part of Lagan Valley to West Belfast and one part of Upper Bann to Lagan Valley.
The constituency is overwhelming unionist and has traditionally had one of the highest votes for the Ulster Unionist Party in the entirity of Northern Ireland, due in part to the personal popularity of James Molyneaux.
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