Almost 30% of MLAs not seeking re-election

A really interesting article by Sam McBride in the News Letter today highlight the number of MLAs standing down at the next election.

In his piece McBride points out;

Almost 30 per cent of MLAs elected in the last Assembly election are not even standing for election next year – and the turnover in Assembly politicians could end up being as high as 40 per cent.

But goes on to say;

On top of that, several MLAs who stand for re-election are likely to lose their seats and some are very likely to lose their seats due to changing levels of support for parties or in some cases because they have moved party.

Taken together, that means that as many as 40 per cent of the MLAs elected in 2011 will not be in the Assembly after May – a dramatic change

Change by party;

The largest turnover of MLAs is in the SDLP, where half of the Assembly team elected in 2011 will not even be standing again.

Among the major parties, the lowest turnover of MLAs is in the DUP, where just 13 per cent of those elected in the last Assembly election are confirmed to not be running again.

Separately, Sinn Fein has the highest number of co-options during the current Assembly mandate, having replaced MLAs with another individual on a total of eight occasions.

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  • eac1968

    That would be a good opportunity to reduce the number of seats then, wouldn’t it?

  • Ernekid

    This is a good thing. It’s a sign of a healthy democracy to have a good turn over of elected representatives. Hopefully there will be fresh faces and new ideas in NI Assembly. There’s far to many MLAs stuck in the same old mindsets of the 80s and 90s. Its time to get newer people in politics to bring us into the 2020s.

  • Dan

    who will miss any of them when they are gone?

  • WindsorRocker

    Where is the evidence that the newer MLAs would do that? Or have done that? The controversies seem to follow young and old.

  • chrisjones2

    …yeah …the 1880s and 1890s

    Or as they call it in Fermanagh – the next decade

  • chrisjones2

    why have we to wait another 5 years. Do it now for the May elections. It will save a fortune

  • Ernekid

    I know it’s hard for you Chris but no need to be a condescending prick about people from Fermanagh.

    Merry Christmas

  • It did make me wonder what percentage not seeking re-election the public would like to see, even if voters would consider it a good thing if 30% left at every election.

  • OneNI

    In democratic parts of the world you get a healthy turnover of representatives through the electoral process. To date we have had not had a great deal of turnover. Sadly the turnover we are now seeing is not through democracy but because the status of MLAs is now hugely reduced.
    This is for two reasons. Political stability means that local politicos no longer get the media exposure they once did i.e crisis summits and Prime Ministerial and presidential visits and access. Cameron has hugely driven forward this process – for good or ill
    Secondly the standing of the position has been hugely reduced as they have failed to deliver in policy terms. The failure isn’t just related to the recent hiatus – as an institution more generally it is a failure. This is a result of the structures but also because or political parties don’t have a policy bone in their bodies – they are simply populists and tribalists
    No one can point to a policy initiative that has been a success and the people know it. The truth is that the Assembly and Executive’s biggest impact has been on the economy – by failing to address the flag protest and ‘the past’ they have hugely undermined NI’s economic prospects.
    The modest recovery we have seen has been due to the recovery in England, the US and the Republic – the MLAs input has largely, as I say. been negative.
    So why stay in the Assembly?
    Sadly Ernekid there is no evidence that their replacements will be any better. The problem is the political party establishment is cancerously sectarian and backward looking. Worse still it is self perpetuating and (via your taxes) self financing

  • chrisjones2

    Not just me mate and not just now

    February 16, 1922
    Winston Churchill

    “The position of countries has been violently altered. The modes of thought of men, the whole outlook on affairs, the grouping of parties, all have encountered violent and tremendous change in the deluge of the world. But as the deluge subsides and the waters fall short we see the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again. The integrity of their quarrel is one of the few institutions that have been unaltered in the cataclysm which has swept the world.”

    Happy New Year

  • barnshee

    “out ahead of the posse”

  • tanyaj

    Yes, we all know the quotation, and all it proves is that Churchill wasn’t above a bit of condescension himself. In fact the quarrel is remarkably difficult to keep going on the ground in Fermanagh; peace and good neighbourliness persist in breaking out, despite our demographic (and hence electoral) idiosyncrasies. Happy New Year too.