#GE2015 Complete NI Candidate List

A collated list for easy viewing and contacting.


I have linked the candidates twitter accounts where I was able to find them. If a link is incorrect or broken, let me know. Also, if you know the twitter account of a candidate that I didn’t link to, apologies, it wasn’t easily found…get in touch and I’ll add it in.










Lagan Valley








  • Johnny Andrews (Conservatives)
  • Kellie Armstrong (Alliance)
  • Sheila Bailie (Sinn Fein)
  • Joe Boyle (SDLP)
  • Robert Burgess (UUP)
  • Stephen Cooper (TUV)
  • Joe Jordan (UKIP)
  • Jim Shannon (DUP)



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  • Brian O’Neill

    Good work BB

  • Robert McCrea in South Antrim? Surely William.

  • banana man

    I find it hard to understand why so many people bother wasting money, time and effort on running.

  • Nevin

    Alexander Redpath Lagan Valley https://twitter.com/alexredpath1989

  • Belfast Barman(ager)

    Apologies, have edited, william is his middle name…

  • Gaygael


    138 candidates. 28 are women. That’s just over 20%. Some parties have failed to nominate any women.
    So let’s start at the top and work our way down.

    Workers party. Well done. 2/5 and jointly topping the pile at 40%.
    Green Party. Also well done. 2/5 with 40%.
    Alliance have 7/18. Scoring 38%.

    Next batch score not to well.
    Conservatives 5/16 at 31%. Unsurprising as many are parachuted in.
    Sinn Fein at 5/18 at 27%. Poor show for them and only Michelle with a chance of winning. What happened here Sinn Fein?
    SDLP 4/18 at 22%. Big Doc made a lot of there electing 40% women cnadidates in 2014. But this doesn’t seem to carry through in there candidate selection in 2015. And Ritchie as the only woman with a (solid) chance.

    UUP have 2/16. 12.5% and with an outside chance of Jo-Anne Dobson breaking through.
    TUV have 1/7.
    And UKIP have 0/10
    And shamefully the DUP 0/16.

    So looking at these figures. Does Northern Ireland have a problem with women? And in particular does mainstream unionism have a problem with women?

  • Belfast Barman(ager)

    Very valid points, perhaps thats something you should ask some of the candidates and the parties? I’d be interested in seeing their responses

  • Joe_Hoggs

    Why do we need more women?

  • Pete

    Maybe men are more interested in political careers than women?

    There’s no point in having more women just for the sake of it. What difference would it actually make?

  • Gaygael

    Yeah. Thats what it is, women like shopping and men like politics. It’s nothing to do with huge sexist structural inequalities which have been developed and reinforced for hundreds and thousands of years. And only challenged from the ground up and slowly and begrudgingly giving up some of it’s privilege.
    I dint believe in tokenism. I support quotas. We must make politics more representative. And it will provide a fundamental shift in some of the focus of our politics.

  • Gaygael

    Are your seriously asking that question?

    You don’t think that there is a problem when far too many of our political class are carbon copies of one another. It doesn’t imply to you that there may be a power imbalance in our society?

  • Pete

    If we’re going to use quotas, where do we stop? Should we have an ethnic minority quota also?

    If women get selected on their own merit, that’s absolutely fine and to be encouraged, but I think quotas is the wrong route to go down. I’m in favour of encouraging women to get involved in politics.

    Interestingly, Jo-Anne Dobson MLA wrote this on Slugger recently:

    “When I won and my name appeared on the ballot paper I was competing against three male candidates!

    None of this came about through positive discrimination or the use of all-female selection lists. It is only right that women should get there on their merit and ability not by the playing field being slanted somehow in their favour.”

  • Belfast Barman(ager)

    What’s with Strangford? Are they all still on dial-up or something? Someone open up a social media consultancy company there immediately!

  • kalista63

    There’s an incredible disparity between political activism and formal politics. Look at most protests and the women greatly outnumber the men. Then look at the odious House of Commons and the way it oscillates between dreary, pointless debating and the pathetic pantomime of PMQs etc.

    I’m reminded of the famous outburst by Bernie Devlin when she, rightly, called out the procedures and how they halt inertia.

  • Belfast Barman(ager)

    But when certain parties are….shall we say, entrenched in religion arguably more so than on policy, and religion teaches subjugation of women, what chance is there? Nelson and poots both spoke out against party decisions and grandees, sure they lost their brief but that was the end of it, what if the brimstone affair where a mere woman dare speak out against bullying, attach dogs from within are released.

  • Pete

    Yeah, religion has backward views on a lot of things. Sadly, I think it’ll be a while before the influence of religion on NI politics goes away. The younger generation are a lot less bothered about religion than the older folk though, so attitudes will probably gradually improve.

    I don’t know the full details of the Brimstone affair, but I think in that instance, it’s a bit of a stretch to say that people opposing Palmer’s viewpoint did so because she’s a woman.

  • Joe_Hoggs

    Nope, we need to get beyond gender analysis. It should always be a case of best man for the job.

  • Reader

    Gaygael: Thats what it is, women like shopping and men like politics.
    It’s an interesting theory – I’ll head out to the shops in my lunch break and do a quick estimate. Can you suggest any good locations for recreational shopping or retail therapy in Belfast city centre? It’s not really my thing.

  • PeterBrown

    “It should always be a case of best man for the job”- I see what you did there Joe….

  • Joe_Hoggs

    That’s an old “Yes Minister” gag.

  • BetsyGray

    No…please leave them be……in the 18th century…;)

  • tmitch57

    Bernadette Devlin–that’s someone we want as a model! Physically attacks other parliamentarians and was briefly the “respectable” face of the IRSP i.e. the INLA.

  • Gaygael

    I loath shopping. Ask someone else.

  • Reader

    kalista63: Look at most protests and the women greatly outnumber the men.
    I did a Bing image search for Belfast protest and clicked through the images. Men greatly outnumber the women.