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Upper Bann by-election, 1990

Upper Bann by-election, 1990

17 May 1990

 
Candidate David Trimble Bríd Rodgers
Party UUP SDLP
Popular vote 20,547 6,698
Percentage 58.0% 18.9%

MP before election

Harold McCusker
UUP

Subsequent MP

David Trimble
UUP

The 1990 by-election in Upper Bann was caused by the death of the sitting Ulster Unionist Party Member of Parliament Harold McCusker on 2 February 1990.

The by-election was especially notable for three reasons. Firstly, eleven candidates stood in the by-election, which to date is the record for a parliamentary election in David Trimble, who five years later would become the leader of the party.

The SDP candidate took only 154 votes, and finished in eleventh and last place - the worst performance in a by-election by any party with MPs sitting in the House of Commons since the English National Party in the Rotherham by-election, 1976.

The Sinn Féin candidate in the election, Sheena Campbell, was shot dead by the UVF in Belfast on 16 October 1992.

Results

By-election 1990: Upper Bann[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP David Trimble 20,547 58.0 -3.5
SDLP Brid Rodgers 6,698 18.9 -1.6
Sinn Féin Sheena Campbell 2,033 5.7 -1.7
Ulster Independence Hugh Ross 1,534 4.3 N/A
Workers' Party Tom French 1,083 3.1 -1.6
Conservative Colette Jones 1,038 3.0 N/A
Alliance William Ramsay 948 2.7 -3.2
Ulster Democratic Gary McMichael 600 1.7 N/A
Green Peter Doran 576 1.6 N/A
Independent Labour Erskine Holmes 235 0.6 N/A
Social Democrat Alistair Dunn 154 0.4 N/A
Majority 13,849
Turnout 53.4

General Election result, 1987

General Election 1987: Upper Bann
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Harold McCusker 25,137 61.5 4.6
SDLP Brid Rodgers 8,676 20.5 3.7
Sinn Féin Brendan Curran 3,126 7.4 -2.0
Alliance Fionnuala Cook 2,487 5.9 N/A
Workers' Party Tom French 2,004 4.7 -0.8
Majority 16,461
Turnout 66.0 -6.0

References

  1. ^ Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1987-92 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
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