- Ulster Unionist Party leadership election, September 1995
The September 1995 Ulster Unionist Party leadership election began on
August 28 1995when James Molyneauxresigned as leader of the Ulster Unionist Partyfollowing a year of political setbacks for his party. Lee Renyolds, a Young Unionist had contested the leadership at the Ulster Unionist Council AGM in March 1995, receiving a small but significant number of votes. It was widely speculated that David Trimblewas one of those behind Renyolds's candidature, although Trimble, his aides and Reynolds's supporters all denied this at the time and subsequently.ref|goodson1
The UUP has held a leadership election every March since at least the Ulster Unionist Council constitution was altered in 1973, however it is rarely contested.
Molyneaux's successor was elected by delegates to the
Ulster Unionist Councilmet on September 8 1995. After three rounds of voting the election was won by David Trimble.
Ken Maginnis, MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
* William Ross, MP for East Londonderry
Martin Smyth, MP for Belfast South and Grand Master of the Orange Order
* John Taylor, MP for Strangford and a former minister in the
Government of Northern Ireland
David Trimble, MP for Upper Bann who had recently received strong attention for his role in a dispute Orange Order march at Drumcree
At the meeting delegates to the Ulster Unionist Council voted in a succession of ballots until one candidate had an absolute majority.
Votes were cast as follows
No candidate won an outright victory and Martin Smyth, as the lowest placed candidate, was eliminated.
William Ross, as the lowest placed candidate, was eliminated. Ken Maginnis also withdrew.
David Trimble- 466
* John Taylor - 333
David Trimble was elected.ref|goodson2
#Goodson, Dean "Himself Alone: David Trimble and the ordeal of Unionism" (London, Harper Perennial, 2004), page 127
#Ibid, pages 146-155
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