1959 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

The 1959 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland was held on 8 October with 12 MPs elected in single-seat constituencies using first-past-the-post as part of the wider general election in the United Kingdom.

1959 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

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12 seats in Northern Ireland of the 630 seats in the House of Commons
  First party Second party
Leader Sir Basil Brooke, Bt Paddy McLogan
Party Ulster Unionist Sinn Féin
Leader since 1943 1954
Leader's seat Did not stand[fn 1] Did not stand
Seats won 12 0
Seat change Increase 2 Decrease 2

The election took place towards the end of the IRA border campaign, which had seen the IRA launch a series of attacks and bombings against Northern Irish police and infrastructure. The launch of the campaign had in part been encouraged by the results of the last UK general election in Northern Ireland, which had seen Sinn Féin gain 2 seats, and receive nearly a quarter of the vote.

Results edit

The Ulster Unionists won all the seats in region. This was a net gain from the result at the previous election, although they held all seats in the region before the 1959 election was called: in Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Philip Clarke was unseated by petition and Robert Grosvenor was declared elected to the seat; in Mid Ulster, George Forrest had been elected in a by-election as an Independent Unionist, but subsequently joined the Ulster Unionists.

In the election as a whole, the Conservative Party, which included the Ulster Unionists, led by Harold Macmillan as Prime Minister, continued in a majority government.

Party MPs Votes
No. Change No. % Change
Ulster Unionist 12   2 445,013 77.2%   8.5
Sinn Féin 0   2 63,415 11.0%   12.6
NI Labour 0   44,370 7.7%   2.2
Independent Labour 0   20,062 3.5%   3.5
Ulster Liberal 0   3,253 0.6%   0.6
Total 12   576,113 100%  

MPs elected edit

Constituency Party MP
Antrim North Ulster Unionist Henry Clark
Antrim South Ulster Unionist Knox Cunningham
Armagh Ulster Unionist John Maginnis
Belfast East Ulster Unionist Stanley McMaster
Belfast North Ulster Unionist Stratton Mills
Belfast South Ulster Unionist David Campbell
Belfast West Ulster Unionist Patricia McLaughlin
Down North Ulster Unionist George Currie
Down South Ulster Unionist Lawrence Orr
Fermanagh and South Tyrone Ulster Unionist Robert Grosvenor
Londonderry Ulster Unionist Robin Chichester-Clark
Mid Ulster Ulster Unionist George Forrest

Footnotes edit

  1. ^ Brooke sat as the MP for Lisnaskea in the Northern Ireland Parliament.

References edit

  1. ^ "Elections to the United Kingdom Parliament held in Northern Ireland: General Election 1959". ElectionsIreland.org. Archived from the original on 19 January 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  2. ^ "The 1959 Westminster Elections in Northern Ireland". ARK: Northern Ireland Elections. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2019.