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WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE NORTHERN IRELAND ASSEMBLY

The elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly took place on 26 November 2003. Females candidates for the election may be found here >>>>
The Northern Ireland Assembly has 108 members, or MLAs: six for each of the eighteen Westminster constituencies, elected by the same single transferable vote system used in Northern Ireland’s local and European elections. Table 1 lists the women members of the Assembly, elected in the November election, and Table 2 shows how many women each party had among its MLAs. Former women members >>>>

Table 1: Current women MLAs

Name

Party

Constituency

Returned/
New
% 1st
preference

Eileen Bell

APNI

North Down

Returned

6.3

Naomi Long

APNI

East Belfast

New

9.0

Diane Dodds

DUP

West Belfast

New

7.7

Iris Robinson

DUP

Strangford

Returned

      22.9

Mary Bradley

SDLP

Foyle

New

8.2

Carmel Hanna

SDLP

South Belfast

Returned

      12.5

Dolores Kelly

SDLP

Upper Bann

New

8.4

Patricia Lewsley

SDLP

Lagan Valley

Returned

7.6

Margaret Ritchie

SDLP

South Down

New

9.4

Bairbre de Brun

SF

West Belfast

Returned

      12.4

Geraldine Dougan

SF

Mid-Ulster

New

      13.1

Michelle Gildernew

SF

Fermanagh/South Tyrone

Returned

      14.1

Mary Nelis

SF

Foyle

Returned

8.6

Pat O’Rawe

SF

Newry and Armagh

New

      11.6

Caitriona Ruane

SF

South Down

New

      11.3

Kathy Stanton

SF

North Belfast

New

9.5

Nora Beare

UUP

Lagan Valley

New

3.7

Arlene Foster

UUP

Fermanagh/South Tyrone

New

      10.7

Table 2: Northern Ireland Assembly election results by gender and party, 2003

Party

Women

Total Seats

% Women

DUP

2

30

..6.7

UUP

2

27

..7.4

Sinn Féin

7

24

29.2

SDLP

5

18

22.2

APNI

2

..6

33.3

Other

-

..3

-

Total

18

108

16.7


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