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Elections to the United Kingdom Parliament held in Northern Ireland
General Election of Thursday 5 May 2005

Background
As was widely expected, on Tuesday 5 April 2005 Prime Minister Tony Blair asked the Queen to dissolve Parliament to pave the way for a General Election on Thursday 5 May. Parliament was prorogued on Thursday 7 April ahead of the formal dissolution on Monday 11 April. The notice of the election was published on 14 April and nominations closed on 19 April.

Boundaries
There have been no boundary changes in Northern Ireland since 1997. Details of the existing boundaries can be found on the website for the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland. The website is a little confusing as there was a proposal for changes to the boundaries which has not been accepted yet. Excellent maps of the current constituencies can be found on the Boundary Commission site - scroll down to the last two maps on the page.

Changes since 2001
There have been no by elections in Northern Ireland since 2001. Jeffrey Donaldson (Lagan Valley) resigned from the Ulster Unionist Party on 18 December 2003 and joined the Democratic Unionist Party on 5 January 2004.

Summary of 2005 results
There was a net gain of one seat for nationalist parties when a split unionist vote in Belfast South allowed the SDLP to capture it. Sinn Fein gained Newry & Armagh from the SDLP, but among the other nationalist seats there were no changes. The DUP won all the unionist seats apart from Down North, which the UUP managed to hold onto. This was a net gain of four for the DUP over the 2001 result.

Democratic Unionist 9 (+4), Sinn Féin 5 (+1), Social Democratic & Labour 3 (-), Ulster Unionist 1 (-5)

Constituencies

Constituency
(2005 candidates)
Electorate
(1 April 2005)
Party
2001
MP at
dissolution
2005
Note
Number of
Candidates
Antrim East 58,228 Roy Beggs GAIN 6
Antrim North 74,348 Ian Paisley hold 5
Antrim South 66,839 David Burnside GAIN 5
Belfast East 53,064 Peter Robinson hold 8
Belfast North 52,772 Nigel Dodds hold 7
Belfast South 52,374 Martin Smyth GAIN 7
Belfast West 53,776 Gerry Adams* hold 7
Down North 59,611 Sylvia Hermon hold 7
Down South 73,565 Eddie McGrady hold 5
Fermanagh & Tyrone South 66,903 Michelle Gildernew* hold 4
Foyle 69,121 John Hume hold 6
Lagan Valley 70,600 Jeffrey Donaldson
(see Changes since 2001 above)
GAIN 5
Londonderry East 58,757 Gregory Campbell hold 6
Newry & Armagh 72,264 Seamus Mallon GAIN 5
Strangford 68,933 Iris Robinson hold 6
Tyrone West 60,226 Pat Doherty* hold 5
Ulster Mid 62,533 Martin McGuinness* hold 5
Upper Bann 72,062 David Trimble GAIN 6

*Candidates elected for Sinn Féin did not take their seats in the House of Commons

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