East Down was a constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.
|Former County Constituency|
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
|Election method||First past the post|
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. 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.
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.
Members of ParliamentEdit
|1929||UUP||Sir Alexander Robert Gisborne Gordon|
|Ulster Liberal||David Johnston||5,057||43.6|
|UUP win (new seat)|
|Progressive Unionist||W. J. Price||4,050||44.8||New|
|National Democratic||Daniel Rice||4,995||37.4||New|
|National Democratic||Eddie McGrady||6,427||40.6||New|
|Ind U||D. A. Rowan-Hamilton||1,248||7.9||New|
- Parliament prorogued 30 March 1972 and abolished 18 July 1973
- "Stormont Constituency Boundaries". Election Demon. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
- The Northern Ireland House of Commons, 1921-1972 Archived 2008-12-06 at the Wayback Machine, Northern Ireland Elections
- "Northern Ireland Parliamentary Elections Results: Counties: Down". Archived from the original on 16 January 2020. Retrieved 16 October 2008.