1923 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

The 1923 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland was held on 6 December as part of the wider general election. There were ten constituencies, seven single-seat constituencies with elected by FPTP and three two-seat constituencies with MPs elected by bloc voting. Only three of the constituencies had contested elections.

1923 United Kingdom general election (Northern Ireland)

 1922 6 December 1923 1924 

All 13 seats in Northern Ireland to the House of Commons
  First party Second party
Leader James Craig Joe Devlin
Party UUP Nationalist
Leader since 7 June 1921 14 December 1918
Leader's seat Did not stand[fn 1] Did not stand[fn 2]
Seats won 11 2
Popular vote 79,453 43,835
Percentage 49.4% 27.2%


The election saw no change in the representation of the 13 seats in Northern Ireland.

In the election as a whole, the Conservative Party, now led by Stanley Baldwin, lost its majority and the Labour Party formed a minority with Ramsay MacDonald as Prime Minister. The Ulster Unionists sat as members of the Conservative Party.

Party MPs Change Uncontested Votes[3] Adjusted votes[a 1] %
Ulster Unionist 11 9 117,161 79,453 49.4
Nationalist 2 0 87,671 43,835 27.3
Independent Labour 0 0 22,225 13.8
Independent Unionist 0 0 15,171 9.4
Total 13 9 242,258 160,685 100
  1. Votes in constituencies using the bloc voting system are counted as 0.5 each, as each voter had one vote per seat.

MPs elected

Constituency Party MP
Antrim Ulster Unionist Charles Craig
Ulster Unionist Hugh O'Neill
Armagh Ulster Unionist William Allen
Belfast East Ulster Unionist Herbert Dixon
Belfast North Ulster Unionist Thomas McConnell
Belfast South Ulster Unionist Thomas Moles
Belfast West Ulster Unionist Robert Lynn
Down Ulster Unionist David Reid
Ulster Unionist John Simms
Fermanagh and Tyrone Nationalist Party Thomas Harbison
Nationalist Party Cahir Healy
Londonderry Ulster Unionist Malcolm Macnaghten
Queen's University of Belfast Ulster Unionist Sir William Whitla


  1. Craig sat as an MP for Down in the Northern Ireland Parliament.
  2. Devlin sat as an MP for Belfast West in the Northern Ireland Parliament.


  1. Walker, Brian Mercer (1992). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1918–1992 (New History of Ireland). Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. pp. 15–16. ISBN 0901714968.
  2. "Elections to the United Kingdom Parliament held in Northern Ireland: General Election 1923". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (2006). British Electoral Facts. Ashgate. p. 24.