1938 Northern Ireland general election


The 1938 Northern Ireland general election was held on 9 February 1938. Like all previous elections to the Parliament of Northern Ireland, it produced a large majority for the Ulster Unionist Party. The newly-formed Ulster Progressive Unionist Association came second in vote share, but won no seats.

1938 Northern Ireland general election

 1933 9 February 1938 1945 

All 52 seats to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader James Craig Thomas Campbell
Party UUP Nationalist
Leader since 7 June 1921 18 January 1934
Leader's seat North Down Belfast Central
Last election 36 seats, 43.5% 9 seats, 13.2%
Seats won 39 8
Seat change 3 1
Popular vote 187,684 16,167
Percentage 56.8% 4.9%
Swing 13.3% 8.3%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader William Wilton Harry Midgley
Party Ind. Unionist Party NI Labour
Leader since 1937 1933
Leader's seat Belfast Oldpark (Defeated) Belfast Dock (Defeated)
Last election Did not stand 2 seats, 8.5%
Seats won 1 1
Seat change 1 1
Popular vote 28,459 18,775
Percentage 8.6% 5.7%
Swing New party 2.8%

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


39 8 2 3
UUP Nationalist IU Oth
1938 Northern Ireland general election
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  UUP 43 39 3 0 +3 75.0 56.8 187,684 +13.3
  Progressive Unionist 10 0 0 0 0 12.4 41,028 N/A
  Ind. Unionist Party 6 1 1 0 +1 1.9 8.6 28,459 N/A
  Independent Unionist 5 2 1 2 -1 3.8 6.8 22,354 -14.5
  NI Labour 7 1 1 2 -1 1.9 5.7 18,775 -2.8
  Nationalist 9 8 0 1 -1 15.4 4.9 16,167 -8.3
  Independent 3 0 0 0 0 2.2 7,482 +2.0
  Independent Labour 1 1 1 0 +1 1.9 1.7 5,480 N/A
  Ind. Progressive Unionist 1 0 0 0 0 0.9 2,926 N/A

Electorate: 825,101 (464,860 in contested seats); Turnout: 71.1% (330,355).

Seat changes

Constituency From To
Belfast Dock NI Labour UUP
Belfast Pottinger NI Labour Independent Labour
Belfast Shankill Independent Unionist Ind. Unionist Party
Mourne Nationalist UUP
Queen's University of Belfast Independent Unionist UUP
South Armagh Independent Nationalist NI Labour
South Down Fianna Fáil Independent Unionist

Votes summary

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
56.81%
Progressive Unionist
12.42%
Ind. Unionist Association
8.61%
Ind. Unionist
6.77%
Labour
5.68%
Nationalist Party
4.89%
Independent
2.26%
Independent Labour
1.66%
Ind. Progressive Unionist
0.89%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
75.00%
Nationalist Party
15.38%
Ind. Unionist
3.85%
Labour
1.92%
Ind. Unionist Association
1.92%
Independent Labour
1.92%

References