Ulster Unionist Party

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Ulster Unionist Party

Páirtí Aontachtach Uladh
LeaderPhyrik2222
Founded3 March 1905
HeadquartersStrandtown Hall
2-4 Belmont Road
Belfast
BT4 2AN
Membership (2021)Decrease 46,500
IdeologyConservatism
British unionism
Political positionCentre-right
National affiliationConservative Party
House of Commons (NI seats)
2 / 6
Northern Ireland Assembly
11 / 90

The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) (Irish: Páirtí Aontachtach Uladh), is a unionist political party in Northern Ireland operating as the Conservative Party Northern Ireland branch.

History

The June 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election saw the end of the Ulster Unionist Party's dominant control over the Executive as the party had held either the First Minister or Deputy First Minister position from September 2016 until June 2021, when the Ulster Workers' Party under KalvinLokan came second and secured deputy First Minister along with 20 seats in the Assembly. In that election, the UUP under leader NeatSaucer came in third place, winning 19 seats, up 4 from the December 2020 Northern Ireland Assembly election and seeing unionists become the largest community again despite them not being the leading party of it.

In the month after, the Ulster Unionist Party considered entering into the Executive but ultimately chose not to after fruitless negotiation, becoming the first official opposition in the Assembly's history.

In July 2021, NeatSaucer stood aside and was replaced by Kyle Pheonix, a recent new addition and left-leaning member of the party, as the leader.

The party holds two seats in Westminster as of the February 2021 United Kingdom general election.

Leaders

Image Name Tenure Notes
TobySanderson.jpg TobySanderson 11 September 2016 26 February 2017 166 days
KeelanD.png KeelanD 26 February 2017 27 October 2017 243 days
LeafyEm.jpg Leafy Emerald 27 October 2017 10 December 2017 44 days
Ctrlaltlama.jpg Ctrlaltlama 10 December 2017 27 March 2018 107 days
Eelseemaj99.jpg Eelsemaj99 27 March 2018 12 October 2018 199 days
Comped.png Comped 12 October 2018 9 December 2018 58 days (58 total)
Saudstan.jpg Saudstan 9 December 2018 10 January 2019 32 days
Comped.png Comped 10 January 2019 6 March 2019 55 days (113 total)
FPSLover.png FPSlover1 6 March 2019 1 September 2019 179 days
Ka4bi.jpg Ka4bi 1 September 2019 17 February 2020 169 days
Zygark.jpg Zygark 17 February 2020 28 February 2020 11 days
TheWalkerLife.jpg TheWalkerLife 28 February 2020 18 May 2020 80 days (80 total)
Ceaser.jpg J Ceaser 18 May 2020 23 September 2020 101 days
MerrilyStormont.jpg MerrilyPutrid 23 September 2020 3 November 2020 42 days
TheWalkerLife.jpg TheWalkerLife 3 November 2020 26 November 2020 23 days (103 total)
Soccerfun101.jpg Soccerfun101 26 November 2020 8 April 2021 134 days
CMBrain.jpg CheckMyBrain11 8 April 2021 13 May 2021 36 days
NeatPav.jpg NeatSaucer 13 May 2021 7 July 2021 56 days
PheonixUUP.jpg Kyle Pheonix 7 July 2021 8 August 2021 32 days
Phyrik2222.png Phyrik2222 8 August 2021 Present

Election History

Year # of
votes
% +/- # of
overall seats won
+/- Position Outcome Additional Information
June 2019 337,014 39.23% ???
5 / 11
Steady 1st Government Executive alongside the APNI and IPP.
November 2019 266,541 31.13% Decrease 8.10
4 / 11
Decrease 1 1st Government Executive alongside the APNI and IPP.
June 2020 191,858 23.82% Decrease 7.31
22 / 90
Increase 18 2nd Government Executive alongside the LPNI and SDLP.
December 2020 141,536 17.70% Decrease 6.10
17 / 90
Decrease 5 3rd Government Executive alongside the SDLP and APNI.
June 2021 263,905 20.75% Increase 3.05
19 / 90
Increase 2 3rd Official Opposition First Official Opposition.
December 2021 122,608 11.45% Decrease 9.30
11 / 90
Decrease 8 4th TBD First Official Opposition.