Carroll in 2016
|Member of |
Belfast City Council
22 May 2014 – 7 May 2016
Serving with six others
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||Matthew Collins|
|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly|
for Belfast West
|Assumed office |
7 May 2016
|Preceded by||Rosie McCorley|
|Born||27 April 1987 (age 33)|
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Political party||People Before Profit|
|Alma mater||University of Ulster|
Gerry Carroll (born 27 April 1987) is a People Before Profit politician from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who has represented the Belfast West constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly since May 2016. From 2014 until 2016 he also represented the Black Mountain district electoral area on Belfast City Council.
When aged 16, Carroll fund-raised with fellow activists to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland for the Make Poverty History protest. He contested the 2011 Belfast West by-election—triggered by the resignation of Gerry Adams—for the People Before Profit, and won 7.6% of the vote. At the 2014 Belfast City Council election he gained one of the seven seats in the Black Mountain electoral area from Sinn Féin, coming third. Following his election, he said that he did not describe himself as a nationalist or a unionist, instead choosing to identify as a socialist. He said: "There is a lot of anger in West Belfast at the minute over the situation at Royal Victoria Hospital's A&E, the privatisation of leisure centres and the Casement Park issues...residents have been trampled on". He contested Belfast West again at the 2015 general election, this time coming second, gaining 19.2% of the vote and reducing the Sinn Féin majority from 57.1% to 35.0%.
After being elected a councillor, Carroll criticised the large pay rises that were given to councillors whilst other council staff suffered effective pay cuts, and campaigned against privatisation and cuts.
He criticised Sinn Féin's "support for capitalism", and spoke against the "sectarian nature" of politics in Northern Ireland. In August 2014 he said: "In Northern Ireland sectarianism is at the heart of the state. I don't accept that, but then again I don't accept the conservative right-wing state in the south". At the 2016 Assembly election he was elected an MLA for Belfast West, topping the poll on the first count and gaining a seat from Rosie McCorley of Sinn Féin. He was re-elected at the 2017 election; however, his vote fell from 22.9% to 12.2% in the face of a 4% overall Sinn Féin vote increase that cost fellow People Before Profit MLA Eamonn McCann and the SDLP's Alex Attwood their re-election bids.
2019 UK general election
|Sinn Féin||Paul Maskey||20,866||53.8||−12.9|
|People Before Profit||Gerry Carroll||6,194||16.0||+5.8|
|Sinn Féin hold||Swing|
2017 UK general election
|Sinn Féin||Paul Maskey||27,107||66.7||+12.5|
|People Before Profit||Gerry Carroll||4,132||10.2||−9.0|
|Workers' Party||Conor Campbell||348||0.9||−0.8|
|Sinn Féin hold||Swing||+12.5|
2017 Northern Ireland Assembly election
|2017 Assembly election: Belfast West - 5 seats|
|Party||Candidate||FPv%||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4|
|Sinn Féin||Órlaithí Flynn||17.1||6,918|
|People Before Profit||Gerry Carroll||12.2||4,903||6,514||8,252|
|Sinn Féin||Alex Maskey||15.7||6,346||6,451||7,036|
|Sinn Féin||Fra McCann||15.4||6,201||6,314||6,636||7,067|
|Sinn Féin||Pat Sheehan||13.5||5,466||5,515||5,739||5,903|
|People Before Profit||Matthew Collins||2.7||1,096|
|Workers' Party||Conor Campbell||1.0||415|
|Green (NI)||Ellen Murray||0.6||251|
|Electorate: 61,309 Valid: 40,344 Spoilt: 586 (1.43%) Quota: 6,725 Turnout: 40,930 (66.76%)|
2016 Northern Ireland Assembly election
|2016 Assembly election: Belfast West - 6 seats|
|Party||Candidate||FPv%||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6||Count 7||Count 8|
|People Before Profit||Gerry Carroll||22.9||8,299|
|Sinn Féin||Alex Maskey||13.1||4,769||5,360.80|
|Sinn Féin||Pat Sheehan||9.7||3,516||3,761.08||3,829.20||6,393.20|
|Sinn Féin||Fra McCann||11.1||4,028||4,283.20||4,479.48||4,756.68||5,891.73|
|Sinn Féin||Jennifer McCann||12.1||4,386||4,648.68||4,755.04||4,988.88||5,044.81||5,750.11|
|Sinn Féin||Rosie McCorley||8.4||3,053||3,244.40||3,303.24|
|Workers' Party||Conor Campbell||1.5||532||766.54|
|Green (NI)||Ellen Murray||0.9||327||705.84|
|Electorate: 63,993 Valid: 36,268 Spoilt: 722 (1.95%) Quota: 5,182 Turnout: 56.70|
2015 UK general election
|Sinn Féin||Paul Maskey||19,163||54.2||−16.9|
|People Before Profit||Gerry Carroll||6,798||19.2||N/A|
|Workers' Party||John Lowry||597||1.7||New|
|NI Conservatives||Paul Shea||34||0.1||New|
|Sinn Féin hold||Swing||−14.0|
2014 Belfast City Council election
|2014 Belfast City Council election - Black Mountain - 7 seats|
|Party||Candidate||FPv%||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6||Count 7|
|Sinn Féin||Steven Corr*||12.86%||1,793|
|Sinn Féin||Janice Austin*†||12.80%||1,784|
|People Before Profit||Gerry Carroll †||12.13%||1,691||1,789|
|Sinn Féin||Emma Groves*||11.68%||1,628||1,637||1,757|
|Sinn Féin||Arder Carson*||10.82%||1,509||1,527||1,628||1,629.68||1,634.18||1,636.12||1,641.44|
|Sinn Féin||Ciarán Beattie*||9.61%||1,340||1,369||1,472||1,501.46||1,504.46||1,534.22||1,538.14|
|Sinn Féin||Caoimhín Mhic Giolla Mhin*||10.24%||1,428||1,450||1,521||1,522.30||1,526.05||1,527.19||1,529.71|
|Workers' Party||Joanne Lowry||1.14%||159|
|Electorate: 25,146 Valid: 13,942 (55.44%) Spoilt: 369 Quota: 1,743 Turnout: 14,311 (56.91%)|
2011 UK by-election
|Sinn Féin||Paul Maskey||16,211||70.6||−0.5|
|People Before Profit||Gerry Carroll||1,751||7.6||New|
|Sinn Féin hold||Swing||+1.2|
2011 Northern Ireland Assembly election
|2011 Assembly election: Belfast West - 6 seats|
|Party||Candidate||FPv%||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6||Count 7||Count 8||Count 9||Count 10||Count 11|
|Sinn Féin||Paul Maskey||15.4||5,343|
|Sinn Féin||Jennifer McCann||15.1||5,239|
|Sinn Féin||Fra McCann||12.9||4,481||4,587.96||4,604.96||4,613.08||4,645.50||4,682.60||4,735.84||4,837.22||4,838.34||5,167.34|
|Sinn Féin||Sue Ramsey||11.9||4,116||4,340.28||4,350.88||4,358.19||4,377.40||4,394.47||4,407.47||4,423.94||4,433.99||4,683.90||4,823.06|
|Sinn Féin||Pat Sheehan||10.8||3,723||3,737.35||3,960.50||3,971.78||3,996.39||4,016.61||4,029.73||4,051.85||4,054.90||4,249.77||4,327.19|
|People Before Profit||Gerry Carroll||4.8||1,661||1,664.85||1,665.85||1,701.85||1,732.85||1,853.97||1,939.09||1,977.31||1,999.31|
|Workers' Party||John Lowry||1.7||586||586.63||587.03||590.10||607.24||644.38|
|Socialist Party||Pat Lawlor||1.1||384||384.42||384.92||399.92||408.92|
|Electorate: 61,520 Valid: 34,645 Spoilt: 973 Quota: 4,950 Turnout: 35,618 (57.9%)|
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|Northern Ireland Assembly|
| MLA for Belfast West