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Lagan Valley
UUP hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Following the loss of Antrim South in the September 2000 by-election, which most commentators described as the Ulster Unionist Party's second safest seat, the hard-line would-be replacement for David Trimble as leader, Jeffrey Donaldson, now clearly has his party's safest seat of all at Lagan Valley. It is centred on the Lisburn council area and also includes Hillsborough, the site of the Anglo-Irish agreement of the mid 1980s, which Donaldson inherited from a former leader, James Molyneaux. Actually, in percentage terms (on which safety should really be calculated) this was already the safest of all after the 1997 general election.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Jeffrey Donaldson, elected here in 1997, is David Trimble's rival for the leadership of the Ulster Unionists as head of the anti-Agreement majority among the Party's nine-strong Parliamentary group. Uncharacteristically cerebral and young (born 1962) for a Unionist MP, most of whom are dismissed by Trimble as "woodentops", he campaigned against the Good Friday Agreement in the 1998 referendum and was barred by Trimble as a candidate in the Assembly elections. A former estate agent, educated at Kilheel High School and Castlereagh College, his mild and soporific manner conceal a steely ambition to be Trimble's replacement when power-sharing collapses.

2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jeffrey Donaldson
UUP hold
SF Paul Butler 2,725 5.93%
All Seamus Close 7,624 16.60%
UUP Jeffrey Donaldson 25,966 56.52%
SDLP Patricia Lewsley 3,462 7.54%
DUP Edwin Potts 6,164 13.42%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.

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