Northern Ireland

Women make up one-third of candidates in upcoming election

This is up from around 27% five years ago

There are 107 councils holding elections in England
There are 136 candidates running across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies (Yui Mok/PA)

Women make up one-third of candidates battling it out for your vote across Northern Ireland’s 18 constituencies next month.

A total of 136 candidates are contesting next week’s general election, compared to only 102 in 2019.

This years candidate’s include 45 women, up from only 28 in the last general election.

Only Alliance and the SDLP are contesting in all 18 constituencies.

Sinn Fein is running in 14 constituencies, but will not field candidates in South Belfast and Mid Down, East Belfast, Lagan Valley and North Down.

After deciding not to field a candidate in Fermanagh and South Tyron, and in North Down, the DUP is standing in 16 constituencies.

The UUP is standing in 17 constituencies after deciding not to contend in North Belfast.

The TUV which did not run any candidates in the general election five years ago is running 14 candidates this time.

The Green Party is running in 11 areas and Aontú will stand candidates in the general election for the second time, with 10 candidates in the race.

People Before Profit has three candidates running and there are nine independents standing across Northern Ireland.

The NI Conservative Party is fielding five candidates while Cross Community Labour is fielding one.

In the last General Election in December 2019, Northern Ireland’s 18 MPs were made up of eight for DUP, seven for Sinn Fein, two for the SDLP and one for Alliance.