1925 Northern Ireland general election


The 1925 Northern Ireland general election was held on 3 April 1925. It was the second election to the Parliament of Northern Ireland. It saw significant losses for the Ulster Unionist Party, although they maintained their large majority. This was the last election for the Stormont parliament conducted using the Proportional Representation system. It was abolished by the Ulster Unionist government during this parliament and replaced with the first-past-the-post system used in Great Britain.

1925 Northern Ireland general election

 1921 3 April 1925 1929 

All 52 seats to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader James Craig Joe Devlin Samuel Kyle
Party UUP Nationalist NI Labour
Leader since 7 June 1921 1918 1925
Leader's seat Down Belfast West Belfast North
Last election 40 seats, 66.9% 6 seats, 11.8% 0 seats, 0.6%[nb 1]
Seats won 32 10 3
Seat change 8 4 3
Popular vote 211,662 91,452 18,114
Percentage 55.0% 23.8% 4.7%
Swing 11.9% 12.0% 4.1%

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Leader Éamon de Valera
Party Republican Unbought Tenants
Leader since 1917 n/a
Leader's seat Down None
Last election 6 seats, 20.5% Did not stand
Seats won 2 1
Seat change 4 1
Popular vote 20,615 4,886
Percentage 5.3% 1.3%
Swing 15.2% New party

Percentage of seats gained by each of the party.

Prime Minister before election

James Craig
UUP

Elected Prime Minister

James Craig
UUP

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Results


32 10 4 3 2 1
UUP Nationalist IU Lab R
1925 Northern Ireland general election
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  UUP 40 32 0 8 -8 61.5 55.0 211,662 -11.9
  Nationalist 11 10 4 0 +4 19.2 23.8 91,452 +12.0
  Independent Unionist 4 4 4 0 +4 7.7 9.0 34,716 N/A
  Republican 6 2 0 4 -4 3.8 5.3 20,615 -15.2
  NI Labour 3 3 3 0 +3 5.8 4.7 18,114 +4.1
  Unbought Tenants 1 1 1 0 +1 1.9 1.3 4,886 N/A
  Town Tenants' Association 1 0 0 0 0 0.9 3,320 N/A

Electorate 611,683 (512,264 in contested seats); Turnout: 75.1% (384,745).

Votes summary

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
55.01%
Nationalist Party
23.77%
Independent Unionist
9.02%
Republican
5.36%
Labour
4.71%
Unbought Tenants
1.27%
Tenants Associations
0.86%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
61.54%
Nationalist Party
19.23%
Independent Unionist
7.69%
Labour
5.77%
Republican
3.85%
Unbought Tenants
1.92%

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