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Gerry Carroll

Gerry Carroll 2016.jpg
Carroll in 2016
Member of
Belfast City Council
In office
22 May 2014 – 7 May 2016
Serving with six others
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byMatthew Collins
ConstituencyBlack Mountain
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast West
Assumed office
7 May 2016
Preceded byRosie McCorley
Personal details
Born27 April 1987 (1987-04-27) (age 33)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Political partyPeople Before Profit
Alma materUniversity of Ulster
OccupationPolitician

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.

Career[edit]

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".[1] He contested Belfast West again at the 2015 general election,[2] this time coming second, gaining 19.2% of the vote and reducing the Sinn Féin majority from 57.1% to 35.0%.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Carroll's support for Brexit, in an area in which three-quarters of voters voted Remain, has attracted criticism from Sinn Féin and pro-EU activists.[7][8]

Carroll stood in the 2019 general election and came in second place behind incumbent Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey.

Electoral history[edit]

2019 UK general election[edit]

General election 2019: Belfast West[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Sinn Féin Paul Maskey 20,866 53.8 −12.9
People Before Profit Gerry Carroll 6,194 16.0 +5.8
DUP Frank McCoubrey 5,220 13.5 +0.1
SDLP Paul Doherty 2,985 7.7 +0.7
Alliance Donnamarie Higgins 1,882 4.9 +3.0
Aontú Monica Digney 1,635 4.2 New
Majority 14,672 37.8 −15.6
Turnout 38,782 59.1 −6.3
Registered electors 65,621
Sinn Féin hold Swing

2017 UK general election[edit]

General election 2017: Belfast West[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Sinn Féin Paul Maskey 27,107 66.7 +12.5
DUP Frank McCoubrey 5,455 13.4 +5.6
People Before Profit Gerry Carroll 4,132 10.2 −9.0
SDLP Tim Attwood 2,860 7.0 −2.8
Alliance Sorcha Eastwood 731 1.9 +0.1
Workers' Party Conor Campbell 348 0.9 −0.8
Majority 21,652 53.4 +18.4
Turnout 40,830 65.4 +9.1
Registered electors 62,423
Sinn Féin hold Swing +12.5

2017 Northern Ireland Assembly election[edit]

2017 Assembly election: Belfast West - 5 seats[12]
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
DUP Frank McCoubrey 10.1 4,063 4,372 4,490 4,521
SDLP Alex Attwood 8.6 3,452 4,019
People Before Profit Matthew Collins 2.7 1,096
Alliance Sorcha Eastwood 1.9 747
UUP Fred Rogers 1.2 486
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[edit]

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
SDLP Alex Attwood 7.3 2,647 3,407.76 4,161.36 4,234.52 4,242.98 4,245.38 4,299.08 4,430.20
DUP Frank McCoubrey 10.4 3,766 3,780.52 4,332.28 4,336.28 4,337.69 4,337.69 4,337.69 4,341.21
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
UUP Gareth Martin 1.8 654 668.96
Alliance Jemima Higgins 0.8 291 427.40
Electorate: 63,993   Valid: 36,268   Spoilt: 722 (1.95%)   Quota: 5,182   Turnout: 56.70

2015 UK general election[edit]

General election 2015: Belfast West[13][14][15][15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Sinn Féin Paul Maskey 19,163 54.2 −16.9
People Before Profit Gerry Carroll 6,798 19.2 N/A
SDLP Alex Attwood 3,475 9.8 −6.6
DUP Frank McCoubrey 2,773 7.8 +0.2
UUP Bill Manwaring 1,088 3.1 0.0
UKIP Brian Higginson 765 2.2 New
Alliance Gerard Catney 636 1.8 -0.1
Workers' Party John Lowry 597 1.7 New
NI Conservatives Paul Shea 34 0.1 New
Majority 12,365 35.0 -19.7
Turnout 35,329 56.3 +2.3
Registered electors 62,697
Sinn Féin hold Swing −14.0

2014 Belfast City Council election[edit]

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
SDLP Tim Attwood* 9.02% 1,258 1,452 1,596 1,597.18 1,631.68 1,632.72 1,634.26
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
Éirígí Pádraic MacCoitir 7.36% 1,026 1,040          
Workers' Party Joanne Lowry 1.14% 159            
SDLP Gerard McDonald 0.95% 133            
Alliance Lauren Gray 0.79% 110            
NI21 Chris Valente 0.60% 83            
Electorate: 25,146   Valid: 13,942 (55.44%)   Spoilt: 369   Quota: 1,743   Turnout: 14,311 (56.91%)

2011 UK by-election[edit]

2011 Belfast West by-election[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Sinn Féin Paul Maskey 16,211 70.6 −0.5
SDLP Alex Attwood 3,088 13.5 −2.9
People Before Profit Gerry Carroll 1,751 7.6 New
DUP Brian Kingston 1,393 6.1 −1.5
UUP Bill Manwaring 386 1.7 −1.4
Alliance Aaron McIntyre 122 0.5 −1.4
Majority 13,123 57.1 +2.4
Turnout 22,951 37.5 −16.5
Registered electors 61,441
Sinn Féin hold Swing +1.2

2011 Northern Ireland Assembly election[edit]

2011 Assembly election:[19] 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
SDLP Alex Attwood 10.9 3,765 3,776.69 3,780.09 3,787.09 3,890.45 3,939.62 4,083.74 4,719.58 4,780.65 5,151.65
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
DUP Brian Kingston 7.5 2,587 2,587.28 2,587.33 2,587.33 2,600.45 2,604.45 2,607.45 2,617.57 3,834.57 3,866.57 3,866.57
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
UUP Bill Manwaring 4.2 1,471 1,471.21 1,471.36 1,473.36 1,503.41 1,512.41 1,517.41 1,526.41
SDLP Colin Keenan 2.3 802 803.26 804.41 807.41 853.58 878.63 981.82
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
Alliance Dan McGuinness 1.1 365 367.66 368.76 370.76
Independent Brian Pelan 0.4 122 122.77 122.92
Electorate: 61,520   Valid: 34,645   Spoilt: 973   Quota: 4,950   Turnout: 35,618 (57.9%)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Black, Rebecca (24 May 2014). "I am not a nationalist or a unionist, I am a socialist, says People Before Profit's new Belfast councillor Gerry Carroll". The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  2. ^ Ó Muilleoir, Tiarnán (6 March 2015). "Carroll vows to take on 'austerity parties'". Belfast Media Group. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Belfast West parliamentary constituency – Election 2015". BBC News. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  4. ^ Stewart, Alan (27 June 2015). "Politician expresses fears over Waterfront Hall 'privatisation'". Belfast Live. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  5. ^ Little, Ivan. "West Belfast: Fairy tale win for newcomer Carroll as he snatches seat from Sinn Féin". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  6. ^ Allison Morris. "West Belfast: Only the most optimistic would have predicted such a massive swing back to Sinn Féin". The Irish News. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Carroll and McCann align themselves to Tory right wingers – Maskey | Sinn Féin". Sinnfein.ie. 18 October 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  8. ^ "People Before Profit's justification for Brexit is just nonsense". The Irish News. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Belfast West Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Election of a Member of Parliament for the BELFAST WEST Constituency - Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll". Electoral Office of Northern Ireland. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  11. ^ "UK Parliamentary Election Result 2017 - Belfast West". Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Statement of Persons Nominated". EONI. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ "The Electoral Office of Northern Ireland - EONI". www.eoni.org.uk.
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  16. ^ "UK ELECTION RESULTS: BELFAST WEST 2015".
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  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Rosie McCorley
MLA for Belfast West
2016–present
Incumbent