1931 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

The 1931 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland was held on 27 October as part of the wider general election. There were ten constituencies, seven single-seat constituencies with MPs elected by FPTP and three two-seat constituencies with MPs elected by bloc voting.

1931 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

 1929 27 October 1931 1935 

13 seats in Northern Ireland of the 615 seats in the House of Commons
  First party Second party
Leader Viscount Craigavon Joseph Devlin
Party UUP Nationalist
Leader since 1921 1918
Leader's seat Did not stand[fn 1] Fermanagh and Tyrone
Seats won 11 2


This election saw no change in the distribution of seats from Northern Ireland.

In the election as a whole, a National Government which had been formed before the election was returned with Ramsay MacDonald of National Labour as Prime Minister. Also in the government were the Conservative Party, which included the Ulster Unionists, and the Liberal Party.

Party MPs Change Uncontested Votes[2] %[2]
Ulster Unionist 11 9 149,566 56.1
Nationalist 2 0 123,053 38.9
NI Labour 0 0 9,410 5.0
Total 13 9 282,029 100

    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 Alexander Browne
    Down Ulster Unionist Viscount Castlereagh
    Ulster Unionist David Reid
    Fermanagh and Tyrone Nationalist Joseph Devlin
    Nationalist Cahir Healy
    Londonderry Ulster Unionist Ronald Ross
    Queen's University of Belfast Ulster Unionist Thomas Sinclair
    1. Craigavon sat as an MP for North Down in the Northern Ireland Parliament.


    1. "Elections to the United Kingdom Parliament held in Northern Ireland: General Election 1931". ElectionsIreland.org. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
    2. Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (2006). British Electoral Facts. Ashgate. p. 29.