1929 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

The 1929 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland was held on 30 May 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.

1929 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

 1924 30 May 1929 1931 

13 seats in Northern Ireland of the 615 seats in 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] Fermanagh and Tyrone
Seats won 11 2


The Nationalist Party ran in this election, having not contested the previous election in 1924. It regained the two seats in Fermanagh and Tyrone it had held from 1922 to 1924.

In the election as a whole, the Conservative Party, which included the Ulster Unionists, led by Stanley Baldwin, lost its majority and the Labour Party formed a minority government with Ramsay MacDonald as Prime Minister.

Party MPs Change Uncontested Votes[3] Adjusted votes[a 1] %
Ulster Unionist 11 2 2 354,657 247,291 68.0
Nationalist 2 2 2 24,177 24,177 6.6
Liberal 0 0 100,103 61,192 16.8
Independent Unionist 0 0 25,057 6.9
Independent 0 0 6,059 1.6
Total 13 4 510,053 363,777 100
  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 Sir Joseph McConnell, Bt
Ulster Unionist Hugh O'Neill
Armagh Ulster Unionist William Allen
Belfast East Ulster Unionist Herbert Dixon
Belfast North Ulster Unionist Thomas Somerset
Belfast South Ulster Unionist William Stewart
Belfast West Ulster Unionist William Allen
Down Ulster Unionist David Reid
Ulster Unionist John Simms
Fermanagh and Tyrone Nationalist Party Joseph Devlin
Nationalist Party Thomas Harbison
Londonderry Ulster Unionist Ronald Ross
Queen's University of Belfast Ulster Unionist Thomas Sinclair


Fermanagh and Tyrone 7 March 1931 Thomas Harbison Nationalist Cahir Healy Nationalist Death


  1. Craig sat as an MP for North Down 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. 17–18. ISBN 0901714968.
  2. "Elections to the United Kingdom Parliament held in Northern Ireland: General Election 1929". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  3. Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (2006). British Electoral Facts. Ashgate. p. 27.