Belfast Ballynafeigh (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 54°34′41″N 5°55′19″W / 54.578°N 5.922°W / 54.578; -5.922

Belfast Ballynafeigh was a constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.

Belfast Ballynafeigh
Former Borough Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
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Belfast Ballynafeigh shown within Belfast and Belfast shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created1929
Abolished1973
Election methodFirst past the post

BoundariesEdit

Belfast Ballynafeigh was a borough constituency comprising part of southern Belfast. It was created in 1929 when the House of Commons (Method of Voting and Redistribution of Seats) Act (Northern Ireland) 1929 introduced first past the post elections throughout Northern Ireland.

Belfast Ballynafeigh was created by the division of Belfast South into four new constituencies. It survived unchanged, returning one member of Parliament, until the Parliament of Northern Ireland was temporarily suspended in 1972, and then formally abolished in 1973.[1]

PoliticsEdit

In common with other seats in south Belfast, the constituency was strongly unionist. It was consistently won by Ulster Unionist Party candidates, although independent Unionst and labour candidates also stood.[1]

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election Member Party
1929 Thomas Moles Ulster Unionist Party
1933
1937 Frederick Thompson
1945
1949 Ivan Neill
1950
1953
1958
1962
1965
1969
1973 Constituency abolished

Election resultsEdit

General Election 22 May 1929: Belfast Ballynafeigh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Thomas Moles 5,152 59.4
Ind U William Kennedy Gibson 3,525 40.6
Majority 1,627 18.8
Turnout 8,677
UUP win (new seat)
General Election 30 November 1933: Belfast Ballynafeigh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Thomas Moles Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
  • Death of Moles
1937 Belfast Ballynafeigh By-election: Belfast Ballynafeigh, 2 April 1937
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Frederick Thompson (Northern Irish politician) Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 9 February 1938: Belfast Ballynafeigh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Frederick Thompson (Northern Irish politician) 7,221 70.4 N/A
Independent William McMillan 3,037 29.6 New
Majority 4,184 40.8 N/A
Turnout 10,258
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 14 June 1945: Belfast Ballynafeigh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Frederick Thompson (Northern Irish politician) 5,775 48.5 -21.9
Commonwealth Labour William Kennedy 3,715 31.2 New
NI Labour John Roney Baine 2,424 20.3 New
Majority 2,060 17.3 -23.5
Turnout 21,069 45.78
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 10 February 1949: Belfast Ballynafeigh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Ivan Neill Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 22 October 1953: Belfast Ballynafeigh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Ivan Neill 5,495 67.2 N/A
Ind U Victor Scott McVea 2,682 32.8 New
Majority 2,813 34.4 N/A
Turnout 8,177
UUP hold Swing
General Election 20 March 1958: Belfast Ballynafeigh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Ivan Neill 5,273 61.4 -5.8
Ind U Victor Scott McVea 3,320 38.6 +5.8
Majority 1,953 22.8 -11.6
Turnout 8,593
UUP hold Swing
General Election 31 May 1962: Belfast Ballynafeigh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Ivan Neill 5,474 57.8 -3.6
NI Labour F. D. Hazard 2,736 28.9 New
Ulster Liberal Judith Rosenfield 1,255 13.3 New
Majority 2,738 28.9 +6.1
Turnout 9,465
UUP hold Swing
General Election 25 November 1965: Belfast Ballynafeigh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Ivan Neill 5,010 65.6 +7.8
NI Labour Erskine Holmes 2,624 34.4 +5.5
Majority 2,386 31.2 +2.3
Turnout 7,634
UUP hold Swing
General Election 24 February 1969: Belfast Ballynafeigh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Ivan Neill 6,523 70.9 +5.3
NI Labour Erskine Holmes 2,675 29.1 -5.3
Majority 3,848 41.8 +10.6
Turnout 9,198
UUP hold Swing

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