Ulster Unionist Party leadership election, 2000

Ulster Unionist Party leadership election, 2000

The 2000 Ulster Unionist Party leadership election was triggered by the decision of Martin Smyth to challenge incumbent David Trimble over the party's direction in the implementation of the Belfast Agreement at the party's annual general meeting on 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.


*Martin Smyth, MP for Belfast South and former Grand Master of the Orange Order
*David Trimble, MP for Upper Bann and sitting leader


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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