Candidates from the parties in #ae16

A few people have gotten in touch with us to ask if it is possible to get a list of candidates running in this years Assembly election. In the spirit of being a public service, I thought I would compile a list of candidates running for each party in the Assembly. If I have missed anybody let me know and I will add them.

NOTE- Constituencies left blank means that the party has just not nominated a candidate yet

DUP (44 candidates)

East Belfast- Joanne Bunting, Sammy Douglas, Robin Newton

North Belfast- Paula Bradley, William Humphrey, Nelson McCausland

South Belfast- Emma Pengelly, Christopher Stalford

West Belfast- Frank McCoubrey

East Antrim- David Hilditch, Gordon Lyons, Alastair Ross

North Antrim-Paul Frew, Phillip Logan, David McIlveen, Mervyn Storey

South Antrim-Pam Cameron, Trevor Clarke, Paul Girvan

North Down-Alex Easton, Gordon Dunne, Peter Weir

South Down-Jim Wells

Fermanagh & South Tyrone-Arlene Foster, Maurice Morrow

Foyle- Gary Middleton

Lagan Valley- Jonathan Craig, Paul Givan, Brenda Hale, Edwin Poots

East Londonderry-Maurice Bradley, Adrian McQuillan, George Robinson

Mid Ulster- Keith Buchanan, Ian McCrea

Newry & Armagh- William Irwin

Strangford- Jonathan Bell, Simon Hamilton, Harry Harvey, Michelle McIlveen

West Tyrone- Tom Buchanan, Allan Bresland

Upper Bann- Sydney Anderson, Carla Lockhart



Sinn Fein (Likely 39 candidates)

North Belfast- Gerry Kelly, Carál Ní Chuilín

South Belfast-Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

West Belfast- Alex Maskey, Fra McCann, Jennifer McCann, Pat Sheehan, Rosie McCorley

East Belfast- Niall Ó Donnghaile

South Antrim- Declan Kearney

East Antrim-Oliver McMullan

North Antrim- Daithí McKay

Lagan Valley- Jacqui McGeough

North Down- 

Strangford- Dermot Kennedy

South Down- Caitríona Ruane, Chris Hazzard, Michael Gray-Sloan

Newry & Armagh- Conor Murphy, Megan Fearon, Cathal Boylan

Fermanagh and South Tyrone- Michelle Gildernew, Phil Flanagan, Sean Lynch, John Feeley

West Tyrone- Barry McElduff, Grace McDermott, Declan McAleer, Michaela Boyle

Mid Ulster- Michelle O’Neill, Linda Dillon, Ian Milne

East Londonderry- Cathal Ó hOisín, Caoimhe Archibald

Foyle- Martin McGuinness, Maeve McLoughlin, Raymond McCartney

Upper Bann- John O’Dowd, Catherine Seeley



UUP (33 candidates)

East Belfast- Andy Allen, Chris McGimpsey

West Belfast- Gareth Martin

South Belfast- Rodney McCune

North Belfast- Lesley Carroll

East Antrim- Roy Beggs, Maureen Morrow, John Stewart

South Antrim- Steve Aiken, Paul Michael, Adrian Cochrane-Watson

North Antrim- Robin Swann, Andrew Wright

North Down- Alan Chambers, Chris Eisenstadt, Carl McClean

Newry Armagh-Danny Kennedy, Sam Nicholson

West Tyrone- Ross Hussey

Foyle- Julia Kee

East Londonderry- Aaron Callan, William McCandless

Fermanagh S Tyrone-Rosemary Barton, Alastair Patterson

Mid-Ulster- Sandra Overend

Lagan Valley- Robbie Butler, Jenny Palmer

Upper Bann-Doug Beattie, Jo-Anne Dobson, Kyle Savage

South Down- Harold McKee

Strangford- Philip Smith, Mike Nesbitt

SDLP (24 candidates)

East Belfast- Amy Doherty

West Belfast- Alex Attwood 

South Belfast- Claire Hanna, Feaghal McKinney

North Belfast- Nichola Mallon

East Antrim- Margaret Anne McKillop

South Antrim- Roisin Lynch

North Antrim- Connor Duncan

North Down- Conal Browne

Newry Armagh-Karen McKevitt, Justin McNulty

West Tyrone- Daniel McCrossan

Foyle- Colum Eastwood, Mark H. Durkan, Gerard Diver

East Londonderry- Gerry Mullan

Fermanagh S Tyrone-Richie McPhillips

Mid-Ulster- Patsy McGlone

Lagan Valley- Pat Catney

Upper Bann-Dolores Kelly

South Down- Sean Rogers, Sinead Bradley, Colin McGrath

Strangford- Joe Boyle

Alliance (23 candidates)

Belfast East – Naomi Long, Chris Lyttle, Tim Morrow.

Belfast North – Nuala McAllister

Belfast South – Paula Bradshaw, Duncan Morrow

Belfast West – Jemima Higgins

East Antrim – Stewart Dickson, Danny Donnelly

East Londonderry – Yvonne Boyle

Fermanagh-South Tyrone – Kerri Blyberg

Foyle – Chris McCaw

Lagan Valley – Trevor Lunn

Mid-Ulster – Neidin Hendron

Newry and Armagh – Craig Weir

North Antrim – Stephen McFarland

North Down – Stephen Farry, Andrew Muir

South Antrim – David Ford

South Down – Patrick Brown

Strangford – Kellie Armstrong

Upper Bann – Harry Hamilton

West Tyrone – Stephen Donnelly



Green Party (18 candidates)

North Down- Steven Agnew

Belfast South- Clare Bailey

Belfast East- Ross Brown

Belfast North-Malachai O’Hara

Fermanagh and South Tyrone- Tanya Jones

West Tyrone-Ciaran McClean

Belfast West- Ellen Murray

Strangford- Georgia Grainger

East Antrim- Dawn Patterson

Mid-Ulster- Stefan Taylor

Lagan Valley-Danny O’Neill

Upper Bann- Simon Lee

East Derry/L.Derry-Amber Hammill

South Down- John Hardy

Newry and Armagh- Michael Watters

North Antrim-Jennifer Breslin

South Antrim- Helen Farley

Foyle- Mary Hassan



UKIP (13 candidates)

Belfast East – Jonny Lavery

Belfast North – Ken Boyle

Belfast South – Bob Stoker

East Antrim – Noel Jordan

East Londonderry – Steven Parkhill

Lagan Valley – Brian Higginson

Mid-Ulster – Alan Day

Newry and Armagh – Alan Love

North Antrim – Donna Anderson

North Down – Bill Piper

South Antrim – Robert Hill

Strangford – Stephen Crosby

Upper Bann – David Jones



TUV (15 candidates)

North Antrim- Jim Allister, Timothy Gaston

East Londonderry- Jordan Armstrong

Fermanagh/South Tyrone- Donald Crawford

North Belfast- John Miller

South Belfast- John Hiddleston

East Belfast- Andrew Girvin

Mid Ulster- Hanna Loughrin

Upper Bann- Roy Ferguson

South Down- Henry Reilly

East Antrim- Ruth Wilson

Lagan Valley- Lyle Rea

North Down- John Brennan

South Antrim- Richard Cairns

Strangford- Stephen Cooper





David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs

  • Kevin Breslin

    Even though I’m in another party, it’s good to see a Breslin going up against Jim Allister.

  • Ultonian

    “Labour Alternative” in E&S Belfast:
    People before profit: Gerry Caroll in West Belfast

  • Jon Hope

    Great job!

  • fralycis

    TUV not running in West Belfast, Foyle, Newry/Armagh? What a shame – I’m sure they must have missed a trick somewhere… 😉

  • Cavehill

    It’s always interesting to look at the weakest constituencies of each of the parties, such as where they can’t get a local person to stand, haven’t got a candidate announced yet, or aren’t standing at all.

  • Cavehill

    PBP also in Foyle (McCann) and North Belfast (Nic Fhearghais).

  • Paddy Reilly

    Are Sinn Féin really going to abstain in Lagan Valley, North Down and Strangford? If so they are showing considerable restraint and no little cunning: they are finally playing to win. This makes a SDLP win in LV and Strangford seem almost possible.

  • David McCann

    They should run a candidate in each, they just have not nominated them yet.

  • Msiegnaro

    Quite surprised the TUV have mustered up 15 candidates for what surely can only be a return of one?

  • chrisjones2

    Can we highlight the ones who are worth £50k?

  • Msiegnaro

    By all means.

  • fralycis

    Dermot Kennedy is running in Strangford btw.

  • notimetoshine

    I would have thought Henry Reilly might have some chance in south down, based on his personal profile and vote in south down

  • Cista (Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol) Barry Brown :West Tyrone. Martin Kelly :Upper Bann. John Lindsay :Foyle. Emmet Crossan :Newry and Armagh. Will update!

  • banana man

    Cara McShane North Antrim Sinn Féin i believe

  • Gaygael

    Yes I think they have a good shout here for a seat. UKIP are not standing here so it seems it might be an entirely personal vote.

  • Acrobat_747

    When the behind the scenes SF fighting stops they are left with two candidates where only one should be. Split the vote and hand the seat to somebody else.

    McShane is in the Murphy camp, and McKay in the McGuinness camp. The anger inside this party is growing daily.

  • Msiegnaro

    I thought Reilly really didn’t have any chance.
    Are any other TUV candidates worth a look?

  • tmitch57

    I was surprised by the turnover in Alliance over the last 15 years–I only recognized four names, three of them of senior party figures (Ford, Long, Farry). I think I recognized more names for both the UUP and Sinn Fein and possibly for the DUP as well.

  • David McCann

    Cara McShane is not running any more.

  • Croiteir

    I would not look to far from the Rathlin vote

  • Ryan A

    Errrrr No not really. Anything SF gets usually lands with the SDLP in transfers anyway. If anything more parties competing in STV elections usually helps the communal pool as a whole.

  • Ryan A

    Probably no bad thing – Likely 6 incumbents scrapping for 5 seats next time. 2020 wouldn’t be a great time to be passing the party baton to a newbie.

  • Paddy Reilly

    Then why are they only fielding two in North Belfast and one in South? They have reduced the number of their candidates to the number they can win. Good news for the tellers, at least.

  • Ryan A

    SF will nominate candidates to stand in all the aforementioned places. I imagine it will more than likely be a nomination rather than a queue of volunteers mind. The reason SF is likely fielding 2 & 1 in NB/SB is because they are likely about to lose 1 (and possibly 2 if a freak combination of circumstances occurs) in West Belfast. They are deploying resources there instead – shown by the fact election posters were up there before the election was called. This election is all about defence for both SF and the DUP. I think all the easy wins from the UUP/SDLP have fallen.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Pretty much does with Jim Wells in the contest and unofficial UKIP backing.

  • Seamus

    Sinn Féin are running Jacqui McGeough in Lagan Valley, Therese McCartney in North Down and Dermot Kennedy in Strangford.

  • fralycis

    PS For the sake of completeness, Sinn Fein’s North Down candidate is Therese McCartney

  • John Lindsay

    Cannabis is safer than Alcohol (CISTA)- Foyle – John Lindsay, Newry and Armagh – Emmet Crossan, Upper Bann – Martin Kelly, West Tyrone – Barry Brown