East Down (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 54°23′10″N 5°25′52″W / 54.386°N 5.431°W / 54.386; -5.431

East Down was a constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.

East Down
Former County Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created1929
Abolished1972
Election methodFirst past the post

BoundariesEdit

East Down was a county constituency comprising the towns of Ardglass, Ballynahinch, Crossgar, Downpatrick, Dunmore, Killinchy, Killyleagh, Kilmore, Saintfield and Strangford, all in the current Down District Council.[1] It was created in 1929 as one of the eight seats replacing the former Down constituency 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. The constituency survived unchanged, returning one member of Parliament until the Parliament of Northern Ireland was temporarily suspended in 1972, and then formally abolished in 1973.[2]

PoliticsEdit

East Down had a unionist majority, and consistently elected Ulster Unionist Party members. On occasions, however, it was contested by members of the Ulster Liberal Party, and various nationalist candidates who usually received over 40% of the votes cast.[3]

Members of ParliamentEdit

Elected Party Name[3]
1929 UUP Sir Alexander Robert Gisborne Gordon
1949 UUP Brian Faulkner

ElectionsEdit

General Election 1929: East Down[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Alexander Gordon 6,553 56.4
Ulster Liberal David Johnston 5,057 43.6
Majority 1,496 12.8
Turnout 11,610 74.1
UUP win (new seat)

At the 1933 Northern Ireland general election, Alexander Gordon was elected unopposed.[3]

General Election 1938: East Down[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Alexander Gordon 4,989 55.2 N/A
Progressive Unionist W. J. Price 4,050 44.8 New
Majority 939 10.4 N/A
Turnout 9,039 57.8 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A

At the 1945 Northern Ireland general election, Alexander Gordon was elected unopposed.[3]

General Election 1949: East Down[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Brian Faulkner 8,132 59.7 N/A
Nationalist E.K McGrady 5,480 40.3 New
Majority 2,652 19.4 N/A
Turnout 13,612 79.9 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A

At the elections of 1953, 1958 and 1962 Northern Ireland general elections, Brian Faulkner was elected unopposed.[3]

General Election 1965: East Down[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Brian Faulkner 8,362 62.6 N/A
National Democratic Daniel Rice 4,995 37.4 New
Majority 3,367 25.2 N/A
Turnout 13,357 73.7 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1969: East Down[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Brian Faulkner 8,136 51.5 N/A
National Democratic Eddie McGrady 6,427 40.6 New
Ind U D. A. Rowan-Hamilton 1,248 7.9 New
Majority 1,709 10.9 N/A
Turnout 15,811 86.7 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
  • Parliament prorogued 30 March 1972 and abolished 18 July 1973

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stormont Constituency Boundaries". Election Demon. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  2. ^ The Northern Ireland House of Commons, 1921-1972 Archived 2008-12-06 at the Wayback Machine, Northern Ireland Elections
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Northern Ireland Parliamentary Elections Results: Counties: Down". Archived from the original on 16 January 2020. Retrieved 16 October 2008.