Strangford General Election 2024 candidates in the running for public's vote on July 4

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People across Northern Ireland are heading to the polls in the 2024 General Election.

Putting the spotlight on the Strangford constituency, there are 10 candidates battling for votes on July 4. For decades, Strangford’s General Election count has been a fight between the largest two parties in unionism, but that changed in 2017 when Alliance beat the UUP to second place, with Kellie Armstrong nearly doubling her vote share in 2019.

Jim Shannon is seeking a fifth term as Strangford MP, with Councillor Michelle Guy running for Alliance at Westminster for the first time.

Read more: Full list of candidates running in the General Election in Northern Ireland

Read more: Not sure who to vote for? The key policies of each party explained

In analysis by Brown O'Connor, a spokesperson said: "Overall there is likely to be a pronounced drop in unionist voters, a slight dip in others, and a big boost of support for nationalism. While the change in voter base won’t be so noticeable at Westminster, the shake-up is likely to make nationalism competitive for a seat at the next Assembly election."

Full list of Strangford candidates

Alexandra Braidner (Green Party)

Gareth Burns (Independent)

Garreth Falls (Independent)

Michelle Guy (Alliance)

Barry Hetherington (Conservatives)

Ron McDowell (TUV)

Will Poland (SDLP)

Noel Sands (Sinn Féin)

Jim Shannon (DUP)

Richard Smart (UUP)

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