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East Londonderry
DUP gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
A majority Protestant seat, oddly it contains none of the city after which it is named; that is all in the Foyle division, safely referring to the river on which Derry (Catholic) or Londonderry (Protestant) lies. William Ross's division is in fact the eastern half of the county, and its main population centres are Coleraine and Limavady, together with their surrounding local government districts. The main battle in 1997 was between the Ulster Unionists and the DUP, and this has proved to be the case again. Although Ross is one of the MPs in David Trimble's party who do not back the Good Friday Agreement as it stands, this has not saved him from more strife at the hands of Ian Paisley's party in the formidable shape of Gregory Campbell. Campbell has fought for the DUP in Derry city elections for many years, holding Ross to a majority of under 4,000 in this constituency in 1997 and threatening to do even better with the increasing polarisation of Northern Irish politics. About a third of the electorate vote for nationalist parties.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
William Ross, the longest-running Ulster Unionist MP was first elected in 1974. A hardline classic Unionist opposed to all power-sharing attempts he was easily beaten in the contest for UUP leader, but then formed part of the 6-man majority against Trimble and his 3 Commons supporters of the Good Friday Agreement. Originally a farmer, born 1936 and educated at elementary school and agricultural college, he also opposed post-Dunblane gun control legislation, and rejects a European super-state. The DUP's Gregory Campbell fought the seat in 1997. A self-employed businessman, born 1953 and educated at Londonderry Technical College, his responsibility for transport in the Northern Ireland Executive has led to UUP accusations of vote-buying by promising by-passes, first in the Strangford seat where the DUP deputy leader's wife Iris Robinson is standing, and then in East Londonderry.

2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gregory Campbell
DUP gain
All Yvonne Boyle 1,625 4.08%
SF Francie Brolly 6,221 15.60%
DUP Gregory Campbell 12,813 32.14%
SDLP John Dallat 8,298 20.81%
UUP William Ross 10,912 27.37%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.

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