- Ulster Unionist Party leadership election, 2000
The 2000 Ulster Unionist Party leadership election was triggered by the decision of
Martin Smythto challenge incumbent David Trimbleover the party's direction in the implementation of the Belfast Agreementat the party's annual general meetingon March 25 2000. The UUP has held a leadership election every March since at least the Ulster Unionist Council constitution was altered in 1973, however it is rarely contested. This is one of the few occasions when it has been contested.
The election was decided by delegates to the
Ulster Unionist Council. After one round of voting Trimble retained his leadership.
Votes were cast as follows
David Trimble- 457
Martin Smyth- 348
David Trimble was re-elected.
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/25/newsid_2531000/2531197.stm "Trimble narrowly wins leadership challenge" BBC On This Day]
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