Election 97
 Fermanagh and South Tyrone


Old constituency Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Current MP Ken Maginnis
UUP 92 26,923
SDLP 92 12,810
Sinn Fein 92 12,604
Alliance 92 950
Elected party Ulster Unionists
Fermanagh and South Tyrone

Robert Waller writes

A border seat, with a long frontier with the Republic, this is traditionally the scene of bitter unionist/nationalist rivalry. When the nationalist vote is split between Sinn Fein and the SDLP, as it was in 1992, the Ulster Unionists take the seat, but when one side stands down, as happened in a by-election in 1981, when the SDLP stood down and hunger-striker Bobby Sands was elected, the nationalists triumph.

The UUP's Ken Maginnis stands to have his majority reduced by boundary changes but, barring a last minute nationalist electoral pact, he will be returned to the Commons.