1929 Northern Ireland general election


The 1929 Northern Ireland general election was held on 22 May 1929. Like all previous elections to the Parliament of Northern Ireland, it produced a large majority for the Ulster Unionist Party. It was the first held after the abolition of proportional representation and the redrawing of electoral boundaries to create single-seat constituencies. As with the rest of the United Kingdom, this has made it more difficult for independent and minor party candidates to win seats, leading to the Irish ethnic group to have minimal representation.

1929 Northern Ireland general election

 1925 22 May 1929 1933 

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 North Down Belfast Central Belfast North
(abolished)[fn 1]
Last election 32 seat, 55.0% 10 seats, 23.8% 3 seats, 4.7%
Seats won 37 11 1
Seat change 5 1 2
Popular vote 148,579 34,069 23,334
Percentage 50.8% 11.7% 8.0%
Swing 4.2% 9.5% 3.3%

Election results by constituency.

Prime Minister before election

James Craig
UUP

Elected Prime Minister

James Craig
UUP

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Northern Ireland 1921–1972

Results


37 11 3 1
UUP Nationalist IU
1929 Northern Ireland general election
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  UUP 43 37 N/A N/A +5 71.2 50.8 148,579 -4.2
  Independent Unionist 10 3 N/A N/A -1 5.8 14.3 41,778 +5.3
  Nationalist 11 11 N/A N/A +1 21.2 11.7 34,069 -9.5
  NI Labour 5 1 N/A N/A -2 1.9 8.0 23,334 +3.3
  Ulster Liberal 5 0 N/A N/A -1 6.2 18,208 +4.9
  Local Option 3 0 N/A N/A 0 3.3 9,776 N/A
  Town Tenants' Association 2 0 N/A N/A 0 2.4 6,901 +1.5
  Independent Nationalist 1 0 N/A N/A 0 1.3 3,694 N/A
  Independent 1 0 N/A N/A 0 1.2 3,437 N/A
  Independent Labour 2 0 N/A N/A 0 0.8 2,442 N/A

Electorate: 775,307 (432,439 in contested seats); Turnout: 67.6% (292,218). Ulster Liberal Party result is compared to Unbought Tenants' Association in 1925.

Votes summary

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
50.85%
Independent Unionist
14.30%
Nationalist Party
11.66%
Labour
7.99%
Ulster Liberal
6.23%
Independent
3.28%
Other
5.71%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
71.15%
Nationalist Party
21.15%
Independent Unionist
5.77%
Labour
1.92%

Footnotes


  1. Kyle stood in Belfast Oldpark but was defeated.

References