East Antrim (Assembly constituency)


East Antrim (Assembly constituency)

Northern Ireland Assembly constituency infobox
Name = East Antrim
Type = County


Year = 1996
AM = Roy Beggs Jr
George Dawson
David Hilditch
Séan Neeson
Ken Robinson
Sammy Wilson
Districts = Larne, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey

East Antrim is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The seat was first used for a Northern Ireland-only election for the Northern Ireland Forum in 1996. Since 1998, it has elected members to the current Assembly.

For Assembly elections prior to 1996, the constituency was largely part of the North Antrim and South Antrim constituencies. Since 1997, it has shared boundaries with the East Antrim UK Parliament constituency.

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

Members

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

*Roy Beggs Jr — Ulster Unionist Party
*George Dawson — Democratic Unionist Party
*David Hilditch — Democratic Unionist Party
*Séan Neeson — Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
*Ken Robinson — Ulster Unionist Party
*Sammy Wilson — Democratic Unionist Party

::George Dawson died in May 2007 and was replaced by Alastair Ian Ross.

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

*Roy Beggs Jr — Ulster Unionist Party
*George Dawson — Democratic Unionist Party
*David Hilditch — Democratic Unionist Party
*Séan Neeson — Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
*Ken Robinson — Ulster Unionist Party
*Sammy Wilson — Democratic Unionist Party

In the 1998 election the six MLAs elected were:

*Roy Beggs Jr — Ulster Unionist Party
*David Hilditch — Democratic Unionist Party
*Roger Hutchinson — UK Unionist Party
*Séan Neeson — Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
*Danny O'Connor — Social Democratic and Labour Party
*Ken Robinson — Ulster Unionist Party

Changes 1998-2003

*Roger Hutchinson resigned from the UK Unionist Party and, together with other UKUP Assembly Members, formed the Northern Ireland Unionist Party on January 5 1999
*Roger Hutchinson lost the Northern Ireland Unionist Party whip and sat as an independent unionist from November 30 1999.
*Roger Hutchinson joined the Democratic Unionist Party on November 16 2000.
*Roger Hutchinson left the Democratic Unionist Party and contested the 2003 election as an independent unionist.

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

*May Beattie — Democratic Unionist Party
*Jack McKee — Democratic Unionist Party
*Séan Neeson — Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
*May Steele — Ulster Unionist Party
*Thomas Robinson — Ulster Unionist Party

Elections


=2007=


=1996 Forum=

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

References


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