The 1939 Down by-election was a parliamentary by-election held in the United Kingdom on 10 May 1939 for the House of Commons constituency of Down in Northern Ireland.

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General election 1935: Down
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP David Reid 66,324 46.4 N/A
UUP John Morrow Simms 58,777 43.5 N/A
Ind. Republican Patrick O'Hagan 20,236 13.3 New
Majority 38,541 30.2 N/A
Turnout 145,337 56.7 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A

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James Little was elected unopposed as an Ulster Unionist.

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Little subsequently left the party in the run-up to the 1945 general election in a dispute over re-selection, stood and was re-elected as an Independent Unionist.

General election 1945: Down
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ind. Unionist James Little 46,732 40.4 N/A
UUP Walter Smiles 24,148 20.9 -22.6
UUP John Blakiston Houston 22,730 19.6 -26.8
Ind. Unionist James Brown 22,163 19.1 New
Majority 24,002 20.8 N/A
Turnout 115,773 39.8 -16.9
Ind. Unionist gain from UUP Swing N/A
UUP hold Swing

References edit

  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (The Macmillan Press 1979)