As we rejoice in the Syriza victory let’s see whether Hope is coming to North Belfast
How much does North Belfast count in the overall picture in NI?
Tiny amount as the map shows – even though the constituency has been extended to include Ballyhenry, Collinbridge, Glebe, Glengormley, Hightown and Cloughfern.
So why’s it so interesting?
It signifies a huge amount .
With a Sinn Fein win – if all things remain the same (Alliance Naomi Long holds East Belfast and SDLP holds South Belfast) – there will be
NO UNIONIST MP FOR BELFAST, CAPITAL CITY OF UNIONISM
Comment : Potential Loss of the Unionist Capital!!
SF wins over Twaddell
And decapitates Nigel Dodds, Deputy Leader
Comment: Loyalists have already attempted this with a brick!
But wasn’t the change in electoral boundaries designed to prevent a SF win?
Broadly speaking yes. Specifically no.
What about the Demographic and electoral shift?
0.2% more Catholic and 0.3% less Protestant.
The new voters are slightly more likely to have supported UUP and Alliance in 2005 than those of the old seat.
Comment: Expansion was designed to boost Mr Dodd’s majority of over 8,000 by about 700
In fact the 2010 General Election returned as MP for Belfast North County/Area: Antrim (Northern Ireland)
Nigel Dodds (DUP),
member of the Orange Order and the Privy Council
What’s the Privy Council?
It’s something personal to the Sovereign.
It’s to do with the word private.The Sovereign may appoint anyone a Privy Counsellor, but usually follows the advice of the Government. The Privy Council generally consists of senior members of Parliament, the church and judiciary. There is no limit to the numbers sworn in as members.
And Our Nige
is a Member?
Can he talk to Her Majesty whenever he wants?
Each Privy Counsellor has the individual right of personal access to the Sovereign – but only to tender advice on public affairs
Just like the Pope?
You could put it like that
But wasn’t Our Nige caught out being economical with the truth on TV?
Do Privy Councillors tell porkies?
Anyway – back to the subject in hand.
Here are the figures for the 2010 general election in North Belfast or Belfast North , whichever you prefer
2010 Votes 2010 Share
DUP 14,812 40.04%
SF 12,588 34.03%
SDLP 4,544 12.28%
UCUNF 2,837 7.67%
MIN 1,809 4.89%
OTH 403 1.09%
DUP Majority 2,224 6.01%
Not over 8,000?
So Gerry Kelly is in with a chance?
What do you think?
26 /4 /2015 Quick Update:
Did you know that North Belfast has been represented by Unionists since 1885?
Isn’t it time for change?