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Commons by-election: Tyrone West

Voters go to the polls in a Commons by-election at Tyrone West on May 3 following the resignation of Sinn Fein’s Barry McElduff amid controversy after he posed with a Kingsmill branded loaf on his head on the anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre.

Mr McElduff never took his seat at Westminster in line with his party’s abstentionist policy.

The by-election takes place on the same day as council elections in England.

Nominations close: Tuesday April 10 at 1600.

Polling: Thursday May 3 from 0700 to 2200.

The result is expected in the early hours of Friday May 4 but could be later if there are any recounts.

For details of messages in XML format for digital products, please see the page on XML format at XML Message Specifications


Candidates

1. Tyrone West

  • Orfhlaith Begley (SF)
  • Thomas Buchanan (DUP)
  • Daniel McCrossan (SDLP)
  • Chris Smyth (UUP)
  • Stephen Donnelly (Alliance)

Eligible electorate: TBA

Nominations messages will be sent with candidates’ names and parties and a summary of the previous election result.


Party abbreviations

  • SF – Sinn Fein
  • DUP – Democratic Unionist Party
  • SDLP – Social Democratic and Labour Party
  • UUP – Ulster Unionist Party
  • Alliance – Alliance Party

Additional parties that stood in the constituency at the 2017 general election:

  • Green – Green Party
  • Citizens – Citizens Independent Social Thought Alliance.

Results

As soon as the result is declared, a rush will be sent giving the winning party.

Example text:

  • Sinn Fein hold Tyrone West
  • [Party] gain from Sinn Fein in Tyrone West

This will be followed by the full result message.

This will give details of party hold or gain from another party, followed by candidates in votes order, giving their votes, percentage share, percentage share change since the 2017 general election, plus majority, percentage majority, swing from the 2017 election, turnout, percentage turnout and turnout percentage change since 2017.

The swing will be between the winning party and the losing party if the constituency changes hands and between first and second candidates where there is no change.

A summary of the previous election result and any intervening by-election results will be included.

Content example – 2010 general election result for Hartlepool:

296 HARTLEPOOL
Lab hold
*Iain Wright (Lab) 16,267 (42.54%, -8.97%)
Alan Wright (C) 10,758 (28.13%, +16.68%)
Reg Clark (LD) 6,533 (17.08%, -13.32%)
Stephen Allison (UKIP) 2,682 (7.01%, +3.47%)
Ronnie Bage (BNP) 2,002 (5.24%)
Lab maj 5,509 (14.41%)
12.82% swing Lab to C
Electorate 68,923; Turnout 38,242 (55.49%, +3.96%)
2005: Lab maj 7,478 (21.10%) – Turnout 35,436 (51.52%)
Wright (Lab) 18,251 (51.50%); Dunn (LD) 10,773 (30.40%); Vigar (C)
4,058 (11.45%); Springer (UKIP) 1,256 (3.54%); Harrison (Soc Lab) 373
(1.05%); Ryder (Green) 288 (0.81%); Hobbs (Ind) 275 (0.78%);
Headbanger (Loony) 162 (0.46%)
        

If a result has to be corrected, a fresh full result message will be sent – marked as a correction in wire messages or with a higher version number in XML for digital. Where there is a change to a winning party, a rush correction will be sent in the same way.


June 2017 Commons general election result

584 TYRONE WEST
SF hold
Barry McElduff (SF) 22,060 (50.73%, +7.25%)
Thomas Buchanan (DUP) 11,718 (26.95%, +9.49%)
Daniel McCrossan (SDLP) 5,635 (12.96%, –3.71%)
Alicia Clarke (UUP) 2,253 (5.18%, –10.71%)
Stephen Donnelly (Alliance) 1,000 (2.30%, +0.05%)
Ciaran McClean (Green) 427 (0.98%, –1.04%)
Barry Brown (Citizens) 393 (0.90%)
SF maj 10,342 (23.78%)
1.12% swing SF to DUP
Electorate 64,009; Turnout 43,486 (67.94%, +7.40%)
2015: SF maj 10,060 (26.03%) – Turnout 38,654 (60.53%)
Doherty (SF) 16,807 (43.48%); Buchanan (DUP) 6,747 (17.45%); McCrossan (SDLP) 6,444 (16.67%); Hussey (UUP) 6,144 (15.89%); Donnelly (Alliance) 869 (2.25%); McClean (Green) 780 (2.02%); Brown (CSA) 528 (1.37%); Leyland (C) 169 (0.44%); White (Ind) 166 (0.43%)

XML format for digital

Nominations messages with candidate details, rush messages with the winning party, and full result messages are provided in XML format for digital.

For details of messages in XML format, please see the relevant advisories at XML Message Specifications

As well as a detailed advisory on XML format, advisories include descriptions of specific XML messages and examples of historical and test XML (sets are provided in downloadable zip folders).


Wire formats

Nominations messages with candidate details will be catchlined ELECTION Nominations followed by the name of the election. Example:

  • ELECTION Nominations Tyrone by-election

The nominations message will be category-coded:

  • XTA for plain text (TTY)
  • XDA for data format.

Rush messages with the winning party will be catchlined POLL and a constituency reference followed by the constituency serial number, 1. Example:

  • POLL Tyrone 1

The rush (in plain text) will be category-coded: XTJ

This will be followed by the full result message under the same catchline, POLL Tyrone 1.

The full result will be category-coded:

  • XTB for plain text (TTY)
  • XDB for data format.

Examples in plain text (TTY) and data format:

296 HARTLEPOOL
Lab hold
*Iain Wright (Lab) 16,267 (42.54%, -8.97%)
Alan Wright (C) 10,758 (28.13%, +16.68%)
Reg Clark (LD) 6,533 (17.08%, -13.32%)
Stephen Allison (UKIP) 2,682 (7.01%, +3.47%)
Ronnie Bage (BNP) 2,002 (5.24%)
Lab maj 5,509 (14.41%)
12.82% swing Lab to C
Electorate 68,923; Turnout 38,242 (55.49%, +3.96%)
2005: Lab maj 7,478 (21.10%) – Turnout 35,436 (51.52%)
Wright (Lab) 18,251 (51.50%); Dunn (LD) 10,773 (30.40%); Vigar (C)
4,058 (11.45%); Springer (UKIP) 1,256 (3.54%); Harrison (Soc Lab) 373
(1.05%); Ryder (Green) 288 (0.81%); Hobbs (Ind) 275 (0.78%);
Headbanger (Loony) 162 (0.46%)

{00}296} }HARTLEPOOL} }} }68,923} }38,242} }55.49} }+3.96} }} }} }
{02}Lab} }hold} }} }5,509} }14.41} }12.82} }C} }Lab
{03}*} }*} }} }Iain} }Wright} }Lab} }16,267} }42.54} }-8.97} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Alan} }Wright} }C} }10,758} }28.13} }+16.68} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Reg} }Clark} }LD} }6,533} }17.08} }-13.32} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Stephen} }Allison} }UKIP} }2,682} }7.01} }+3.47} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Ronnie} }Bage} }BNP} }2,002} }5.24} }} }} }
{06}G} }May} }2005} }Lab} }7,478} }21.10} }35,436} }51.52
{07}*} }Wright} }Lab} }18,251} }51.50
{07}} }Dunn} }LD} }10,773} }30.40
{07}} }Vigar} }C} }4,058} }11.45
{07}} }Springer} }UKIP} }1,256} }3.54
{07}} }Harrison} }Soc Lab} }373} }1.05
{07}} }Ryder} }Green} }288} }0.81
{07}} }Hobbs} }Ind} }275} }0.78
{07}} }Headbanger} }Loony} }162} }0.46

If a result has to be corrected, the catchline will be styled POLL Correction followed by the constituency name and serial number. Example: POLL Correction Tyrone 1. Where there is a change to the winning party a rush correction will be sent, catchlined POLL Correction Tyrone 1.

Note that data format is an old specification used in the past for print. Although it is still supported, customers are encouraged to switch to using the XML version for print purposes instead.

Further information about wire formats can be found in the detailed document at Wire Message Specifications.


Queries

Speak to Elections Editor Roger Smith on 020 7963 7992 or email via the Contact us page. During nominations or election events, phone the Elections Desk on 020 7963 7992, Newsdesk on 020 7963 7146 or Customer Services on 01430 455337.

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