Belfast East (Assembly constituency)


Belfast East (Assembly constituency)

Northern Ireland Assembly constituency infobox
Name = Belfast East
Type = Borough


Year = 1973
AM = Wallace Browne
Reg Empey
Naomi Long
Robin Newton
Dawn Purvis
Peter Robinson
Districts = Belfast, Castlereagh

Belfast East is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The seat was first used for a Northern Ireland-only election for the Northern Ireland Assembly, 1973. It usually shares boundaries with the Belfast East UK Parliament constituency, however the boundaries of the two constituencies were slightly different from 1983 to 1986 as the Assembly boundaries had not caught up with Parliamentary boundary changes and from 1996 to 1997 when members of the Northern Ireland Forum had been elected from the newly drawn Parliamentary constituencies but the 51st Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected in 1992 under the 1983-95 constituency boundaries, was still in session.

Members were then elected from the constituency to the 1975 Constitutional Convention, the 1982 Assembly, the 1996 Forum and then to the current Assembly from 1998.

For further details of the history and boundaries of the constituency, see Belfast East (UK Parliament constituency).

Members

The six MLAs for the constituency elected in the 2007 election are:

*Wallace Browne — Democratic Unionist Party
*Reg Empey — Ulster Unionist Party
*Naomi Long — Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
*Robin Newton — Democratic Unionist Party
*Dawn Purvis — Progressive Unionist Party
*Peter Robinson — Democratic Unionist Party

The six MLAs for the constituency elected in the 2003 election were:

*Michael Copeland — Ulster Unionist Party
*Reg Empey — Ulster Unionist Party
*David Ervine — Progressive Unionist Party
*Naomi Long — Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
*Robin Newton — Democratic Unionist Party
*Peter Robinson — Democratic Unionist Party

In the 1998 election the six MLAs elected were:

*Ian Adamson — Ulster Unionist Party
*John Alderdice — Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
*Reg Empey — Ulster Unionist Party
*David Ervine — Progressive Unionist Party
*Peter Robinson — Democratic Unionist Party
*Sammy Wilson — Democratic Unionist Party

In the 1996 election to the Northern Ireland Peace Forum, 5 Forum members were elected from East Belfast. They were as follows:

*John Alderdice — Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
*Reg Empey — Ulster Unionist Party
*Peter Robinson — Democratic Unionist Party
*Jim Rodgers — Ulster Unionist Party
*Sammy Wilson — Democratic Unionist Party

In 1982 elections were held for an Assembly for Northern Ireland to hold the Secretary of State to account, in the hope that this would be the first step towards restoring devolution. East Belfast elected 6 members as follows:

*Jeremy Burchill — Ulster Unionist Party
*Dorothy Dunlop — Ulster Unionist Party
*Addie Morrow — Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
*Oliver Napier — Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
*Peter Robinson — Democratic Unionist Party
*Denny Vitty — Democratic Unionist Party

In 1975 elections were held to a Constitutional Convention which sought (unsuccessfully) to generate a consensus on the future of the province. The six members elected from East Belfast were:

*David Bleakley — Northern Ireland Labour Party
*Joshua Cardwell — Unionist Party of Northern Ireland
*William Craig — Vanguard Progressive Unionist Party
*Reg Empey — Vanguard Progressive Unionist Party
*Oliver Napier — Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
*Eileen Paisley — Democratic Unionist Party

In 1973 elections were held to the Assembly set up under the Sunningdale Agreement. The six members elected from East Belfast were:

*Norman Agnew — Ulster Unionist Party pro Sunningdale
*David Bleakley — Northern Ireland Labour Party
*Roy Bradford — Ulster Unionist Party pro Sunningdale
*Joshua Cardwell — Ulster Unionist Party pro Sunningdale
*Oliver Napier — Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
*Eileen Paisley — Democratic Unionist Party

Elections


=2007=


=1996 Forum=

Successful candidates are shown in bold. [ [http://www.ark.ac.uk/elections/96eb.htm 1996 Candidates - East Belfast] , Northern Ireland Elections]


=1973=

Eight Ulster Unionist Party candidates ran for only six positions.

References


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