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Northern Ireland Assembly Elections, 7 March 2007
Candidates

Below is a breakdown and analysis of the candidates for the Assembly elections by party and constituency. Following is a complete list of all female candidates, their party and constituency.

Breakdown by Party

Party
Women
Men
Women %
% change on 2003
Alliance
7
11
39
+1
DUP
6
40
13
+3
SDLP
14
21
40
+23
Sinn Fein
9
28
24
-8
UUP
1
37
3
-6
Other
10
73
12
+1
Total
47
210
18
-1

The gender of candidates for the 2007 Assembly elections continues the pattern of previous Assembly contests, with women, at 18%, yet again significantly under-represented. Of the 257 candidates, 47 ar womena and 210 are men. This overall figure masks considerable variation between the parties. The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) with 14 women (40%) among a total of 35 candidates and the Alliance Party, fielding 7 (39%) women from a total of 18, offer women the most extensive opportunities for winning an Assembly seat. For the SDLP, this represents a significant increase in the proportion of female candidates selected to run as compared with 2003. Rather surprisingly, given its past positive record, Sinn Fein's candidate gender ratio, at 9 (24%) women of 37, is lower than before and also lower than that of the SDLP. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) register a minor increase in women political hopefuls, selecting 6 (13%) women from a total of 46 candidates. There is only one woman (3%) in the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) line-up. Among the category 'Others', The Green Party has selected 4 women (31%) from a total of 13 to run in this election. The small Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), now headed by Dawn Purvis has selected three candidates in all, tow (66.7%) of whom are women.

An all-male ballot will take place in East Antrim, while in Foyle, voters will be presented with equal numbers of female and male candidates. In three constituencies, only one woman made it onto the ballot - East Londonderry, Lagan Valley and North Belfast.

Breakdown by Constituency

Constituency
Women
Men
Women %
East Antrim
0
14
0
East Belfast
3
12
20
East Londonderry
1
14
7
Fermanagh & South Tyrone
2
11
15
Foyle
7
7
50
Lagan Valley
1
13
7
Mid Ulster
4
8
33
Newry & Armagh
2
10
17
North Antrim
3
10
23
North Belfast
1
13
7
North Down
2
14
13
South Antrim
2
12
14
South Belfast
3
15
17
South Down
2
14
13
Strangford
3
12
20
Upper Bann
4
12
25
West Belfast
5
9
36
West Tyrone
2
10
17
Total
47
210
18

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Female Candidates

Party
Name
Constituency
Alliance Party Naomi Long East Belfast
Alliance Party Anna Lo South Belfast
Alliance Party Yvonne Boyle Foyle
Alliance Party Margaret Marshall Mid Ulster
Alliance Party Máire Hendron Newry & Armagh
Alliance Party Jayne Dunlop North Antrim
Alliance Party Sheila McQuaid Upper Bann
Democratic Unionist Party Diane Dodds West Belfast
Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster Fermanagh & South Tyrone
Democratic Unionist Party Elizabeth Forde Mid Ulster
Democratic Unionist Party Deirdre Nelson North Antrim
Democratic Unionist Party Iris Robinson Strangford
Democratic Unionist Party Michelle McIlveen Strangford
The Green Party Brenda Cooke South Belfast
The Green Party Adele Corry Foyle
The Green Party Stephanie Sim Strangford
The Green Party Helen Corry Upper Bann
Independent Unionist Suzanne Peeples Upper Bann
Progressive Unionist Party Dawn Purvis East Belfast
Progressive Unionist Party Elaine Martin North Down
Republican Sinn Fein Geraldine Taylor West Belfast
Republican Sinn Fein Peggy O'Hara Foyle
Social Democratic & Labour Party Mary Muldoon East Belfast
Social Democratic & Labour Party Carmel Hanna South Belfast
Social Democratic & Labour Party Margaret Walsh West Belfast
Social Democratic & Labour Party Orla Beattie East Londonderry
Social Democratic & Labour Party Mary Bradley Foyle
Social Democratic & Labour Party Helen Quigley Foyle
Social Democratic & Labour Party Marietta Farrell Lagan Valley
Social Democratic & Labour Party Kathleen Lagan Mid Ulster
Social Democratic & Labour Party Sharon Haughey Newry & Armagh
Social Democratic & Labour Party Orla Black North Antrim
Social Democratic & Labour Party Noreen McClelland South Antrim
Social Democratic & Labour Party Margaret Ritchie South Down
Social Democratic & Labour Party Dolores Kelly Upper Bann
Social Democratic & Labour Party Josephine Deehan West Tyrone
Sinn Fein Carál Ní Chilín North Belfast
Sinn Fein Sue Ramsey West Belfast
Sinn Fein Jennifer McCann West Belfast
Sinn Fein Michelle Gildernew Fermanagh & South Tyrone
Sinn Fein Martina Anderson Foyle
Sinn Fein Lynn Fleming Foyle
Sinn Fein Michelle O'Neill Mid Ulster
Sinn Fein Catriona Ruane South Down
Sinn Fein Claire McGill West Tyrone
Ulster Unionist Party Marion Smith North Down
The Workers Party Marcella Delaney South Antrim

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