Election 97

Old constituency Strangford
Current MP John D Taylor
UUP 92 19,517
DUP 92 10,606
Alliance 92 7,585
Conservative 92 6,782
Elected party SDLP

Robert Waller writes

A mixture of underpopulated rural territory and desirable Belfast commuter belt, Strangford is very Protestant and very Unionist - the only question, as with many Northern Ireland constituencies of this type, is which Unionist? But although the Democratic Unionist Party have come a very close second in the past, with the non-sectarian Alliance a strong third, they seem unlikely to overturn the UUP's four-figure majority this time.