Northern Ireland Forum

Northern Ireland Forum

30 May 1996

All 110 seats to the Northern Ireland Forum
56 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader David Trimble Ian Paisley John Hume
Leader since 8 September 1995 30 September 1971 28 November 1979
Leader's seat Upper Bann North Antrim Foyle
Seats won 30 24 21
Seat change Increase 30 Increase 24 Increase 21
Popular vote 181,829 141,413 160,786
Percentage 24.2% 18.8% 21.4%
Swing Increase 24.2% Increase 18.8% Increase 21.4%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Leader Gerry Adams John Alderdice Robert McCartney
Party Sinn Féin Alliance UK Unionist
Leader since 13 November 1983 3 October 1987 1995
Leader's seat West Belfast East Belfast
Seats won 17 7 3
Seat change Increase 17 Increase 7 Increase 3
Popular vote 116,377 49,176 27,774
Percentage 15.5% 6.5% 3.7%
Swing Increase 15.5% Increase 6.5% Increase 3.7%

Percentage of seats gained by each of the party.

Chief Executive before election


Elected Chief Executive


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The Northern Ireland Forum (formally called the Northern Ireland Forum for Political Dialogue) was a body set up in 1996 as part of a process of negotiations that eventually led to the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement in 1998.

The forum was elected, with five members being elected for each Westminster Parliamentary constituency for Northern Ireland, under the D'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation. There was also a "topup" of two seats for the ten parties polling most votes; this ensured that two loyalist parties associated with paramilitary groups were represented. See members of the Northern Ireland Forum for a complete list.


The results of the election were:

Party Votes Vote % Constituency
Regional list candidates[1]
UUP 181,829 24.17 28 2 30 David Trimble, John Taylor, John Gorman, Antony Alcock, Jack Allen, Fred Parkinson, Josias Cunningham, Dennis Rogan, James Cooper, Jim Nicholson
SDLP 160,786 21.36 19 2 21 John Hume, Seamus Mallon, Eddie McGrady, Joe Hendron, Jonathan Stephenson, Dorita Field, Margaret Ellen, Patricia Walsh, Marietta Farrell, Rosaleen Hughes, Anne McQuillan
DUP 141,413 18.80 22 2 24 Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson, William McCrea, Nigel Dodds, Sammy Wilson, Gregory Campbell, Eric Smyth, Ruth Allen, Harry Smith, William McClure
Sinn Féin 116,377 15.47 15 2 17 Lucilita Bhreatnach, Pat Doherty, Rita O'Hare, Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness, Bairbre de Brún, Mitchel McLaughlin, Gearóid Ó hEára, Joe Cahill, Dodie McGuinness
Alliance 49,176 6.54 5 2 7 John Alderdice, Seamus Close, Sean Neeson, Steve McBride, Eileen Bell, Anne Gormley, Elizabeth McCaffrey, Mary Clark-Glass, Susan O'Brien, Wendy Watt
UK Unionist 27,774 3.69 1 2 3 Robert McCartney, Cedric Wilson, Conor Cruise O'Brien, Patrick Roche, Ronnie Crawford, Alan Field, Valerie Kinghan, Stephen Nicholl, Graeme Jardin, Freda Woods
PUP 26,082 3.47 0 2 2 Hugh Smyth, David Ervine, Billy Hutchinson, William Smith, David Kirk, Patricia Laverty, Dawn Purvis, Edward Kinner, Gusty Spence, Winston Churchill Rea
Ulster Democratic 16,715 2.22 0 2 2 Gary McMichael, John White, David Adams, Joe English, Tommy Kirkham, David Nicholl, Robert Girvan, Thomas English, Ester McCracken English, Elizabeth Cathcart McIlwaine
NI Women's Coalition 7,731 1.03 0 2 2 Monica McWilliams, Pearl Sagar, Anne Campbell, Kathleen Fearon, Sheila Fairon, Joan Cosgrove, Diane Greer, Brenda Callaghan, Felicity Huston, Mairead Abraham
Labour coalition 6,425 0.85 0 2 2 Malachi Curran, Hugh Casey, Mark Langhammer, John McLaughlin, Lucy Simpson, Peter Hadden, Margaret Lawrence, Fionnuala Harbinson, Michael Duffy, David Morrison
Green (NI) 3,647 0.49 0 0 0 Paddy McEvoy, Peter Emerson, Jenny Jones, Nuala Ahern, Molly Scott, Robin Harper
NI Conservatives 3,595 0.48 0 0 0 Barbara Finney, Esmond Birnie
Workers' Party 3,530 0.47 0 0 0 Tom French, John Lowry, Marian Donnelly, Ellen Rush, Margaret Smith, Tommy Owens, Brendan Heany, Eilish Duffy, Vivian Hutchinson, Michael McCorry
Ulster Independence 2,125 0.47 0 0 0 Hugh Ross, Josephine Fulton-Challis, Sandra Jones, Walter Millar, David Kerr, Dierdre Speer-White, Ken Kerr, Donal Casey, Kenneth McClinton, Norman McLelland
Democratic Left 1,215 0.16 0 0 0 Mary McMahon, Seamus Lynch, Patrick John McClean, Gerry Cullen, Veronica McEneaney, Frank McElroy, Teresa McVeigh, Jean Craig, Mary Vernon, Monica Hynds
Democratic Partnership 1,046 0.14 0 0 0 David Bleakley, Paul Smyth, Maureen McCaughan, Adrian McKinney, Pearl Snowden, Edwin Sloan, Charles McKee, William Lewis, Erin Tunney
Independent McMullan 927 0.12 0 0 0 Oliver McMullan, John Robb, John McDowell, Wesley H. Holmes, William Dunbar, William Cunning, Helen Craig, Philip Dugdale, Charles Maunsell, Sinead McMullan
Independent Chambers 567 0.08 0 0 0 Alan Chambers, Joseph Coggle, Mary Chambers, James Arbuthnot, Robert Irvine, Violet Chambers, Linda Chambers, William Chambers, Ruth Patty, Pearl Brown
Natural Law 389 0.05 0 0 0 James Anderson, Thomas Mullins, Richard Johnson, John Patrick Lyons, John Small
Independent DUP 388 0.05 0 0 0 Thomas Henry O'Brien, William Baxter, Cecil Braniff, Tara Martin Alexandra, Stuart William O'Brien
Independent Arthur Templeton 350 0.05 0 0 0 N/A
Independent Voice 204 0.03 0 0 0 Andrew Thompson, Sarah Thompson, Bernard McGrath, Susan McGrath, Edward Phillips, Trevor Richards, Christopher Carter, Fidelma Carter, Betty Carter, Susan Carter
Communist Party 66 0.01 0 0 0 N/A
Ulster Christian Democrats 31 0.01 0 0 0 N/A

All parties shown.

^ The party was listed on the ballot paper as "Democratic Unionist Party DUP Ian Paisley"

Votes summary

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
Sinn Féin
United Kingdom Unionist
Progressive Unionist
Ulster Democratic
Women's Coalition

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
Sinn Féin
United Kingdom Unionist
Progressive Unionist
Ulster Democratic
Women's Coalition


  1. Candidates elected in constituencies are shown in italics. Candidates elected through the regional list are shown in bold. See


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