1953 Northern Ireland general election

The 1953 Northern Ireland general election was held on 22 October 1953. Like all previous elections to the Parliament of Northern Ireland, it produced a large majority for the Ulster Unionist Party.

1953 Northern Ireland general election

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All 52 seats to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader Basil Brooke James McSparran
Party UUP Nationalist
Leader since 1 May 1943 15 November 1945
Leader's seat Lisnaskea Mourne
Last election 37 seats, 62.7% 9 seats, 26.8%
Seats won 38 7
Seat change Increase1 Decrease2
Popular vote 125,379 27,796
Percentage 48.6% 10.8%
Swing Decrease14.1% Decrease16.0%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader James McSparran William Norton
Party Anti-Partition Irish Labour
Leader since 1945 19 July 1932
Leader's seat Mourne Sat in Dáil Éireann
Last election Did not contest Did not contest
Seats won 2 1
Seat change Increase2 Increase1
Popular vote 7,728 13,223
Percentage 3.0% 5.1%
Swing New party New party

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Election results by constituency

Prime Minister before election

Basil Brooke
UUP

Elected Prime Minister

Basil Brooke
UUP

ResultsEdit

38 7 2 5
UUP Nationalist AP Oth
1953 Northern Ireland general election
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  UUP 43 38 3 2 +1 73.1 48.6 125,379 -14.1
  Independent Unionist 8 1 1 2 -1 1.9 12.8 32,998 +12.2
  NI Labour 9 0 0 0 0 12.1 31,360 +5.0
  Nationalist 8 7 0 2 -2 13.5 10.8 27,796 -16.0
  Irish Labour 6 1 1 0 +1 1.9 5.1 13,223 N/A
  Anti-Partition 3 2 2 0 +2 3.8 3.0 7,728 N/A
  Independent Irish Labour 2 0 0 0 0 2.6 6,639 N/A
  Ind. Republican Labour 1 1 1 0 +1 1.9 2.3 5,947 N/A
  Independent Labour 1 1 0 0 0 1.9 1.5 3,902 -0.6
  Independent 2 1 0 1 -1 1.9 0.7 1,745 +0.2
  Communist (NI) 1 0 0 0 0 0.5 1,207 +0.3

All parties shown. Electorate 888,352 (428,216 in contested seats); Turnout 60.2% (257,924).

Votes summaryEdit

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
48.61%
Independent Unionist
12.79%
Labour
12.16%
Nationalist Party
10.78%
Irish Labour
5.13%
Anti-Partition
3.00%
Independent Irish Labour
2.57%
Republican Labour
2.31%
Independent Labour
1.51%
Communist
0.47%
Independent
0.68%

Seats summaryEdit

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
73.08%
Nationalist Party
13.46%
Anti-Partition
3.85%
Independent Unionist
1.92%
Irish Labour
1.92%
Republican Labour
1.92%
Independent Labour
1.92%
Independent
1.92%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit