1979 Ulster Unionist Party leadership election

The 1979 Ulster Unionist Party leadership election saw James Molyneaux succeed Harry West as leader on 7 September.[1] At a specially convened meeting of the Ulster Unionist Council at the Ulster Hall, Belfast, in early September, Molyneaux (MP for South Antrim) beat Reverend Robert Bradford (MP for Belfast South) by a three to one majority (with Austin Ardill coming a distant third).[2] Molyneaux had previously been parliamentary leader of the United Ulster Unionist Council since 22 October 1974 (West had lost his seat in that month's general election).

1979 Ulster Unionist Party leadership election
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Candidate James Molyneaux Robert Bradford Austin Ardill

Leader before election

Harry West

Elected Leader

James Molyneaux

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "CAIN: Chronology of the Conflict 1979". Cain.ulst.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 6 December 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  2. ^ Ann Purdy, Molyneaux: The Long View (Greystone Books, 1989), p. 73.