1955 Mid Ulster by-election

The by-election held in Mid Ulster on 11 August 1955 was called as a result of a vote in the British parliament on 18 July 1955 which voted 197 votes to 63 to nullify the result of the previous 1955 UK General Election in the constituency. At that election, Sinn Féin candidate Tom Mitchell took the seat.

In the by-election, Mitchell managed to retain the seat with an increase in the number of votes.

In the aftermath of the election, the defeated Unionist candidate successfully lodged a petition to have Mitchell, a convicted felon, removed as Member of Parliament (MP). The seat was subsequently given to Charles Beattie. However, as Beattie was at the time of his appointment a member of an appeals tribunal, considered "offices of profit under the Crown", the British House of Commons ruled that this disqualified him from the office of MP.

This led to the 1956 Mid Ulster by-election.

1955 Mid Ulster by-election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Sinn Féin Tom Mitchell 30,392 50.7 +0.5
UUP Charles Beattie 29,586 49.3 -0.5
Majority 806 1.4 +1.0
Turnout 66,852 89.7 +1.1
Registered electors 66,847
Sinn Féin hold Swing

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "1955 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2015.