1945 Northern Ireland general election


The 1945 Northern Ireland general election was held on 14 June 1945. The election saw significant losses for the Ulster Unionist Party, though they retained their majority.

1945 Northern Ireland general election

 1938 14 June 1945 1949 

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 Basil Brooke T. J. Campbell Paddy Agnew
Party UUP Nationalist NI Labour
Leader since 1 May 1943 18 January 1934 1938
Leader's seat Lisnaskea Belfast Central South Armagh (defeated)
Last election 39 seats, 56.8% 8 seats, 4.9% 1 seat, 5.7%
Seats won 33 10 2
Seat change 6 2 1
Popular vote 180,342 32,546 66,053
Percentage 50.4% 9.1% 18.5%
Swing 6.4% 4.2% 12.8%

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Leader Harry Midgley Harry Diamond
Party Commonwealth Labour Socialist Republican
Leader since 1942 1944
Leader's seat Belfast Willowfield Belfast Falls
Last election Did not stand Did not stand
Seats won 1 1
Seat change 1 1
Popular vote 28,079 5,497
Percentage 7.8% 1.5%
Swing New party New party

Percentage of seats gained by each of the party

Prime Minister before election

Basil Brooke
UUP

Elected Prime Minister

Basil Brooke
UUP

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

Mirroring the result across the rest of the UK in the 1945 UK general election, candidates standing on behalf of the various Labour parties won a significantly higher vote share of 30%,[nb 1] but this translated into just two new MPs due to the first-past-the-post electoral system.

Results


33 10 2 2 5
UUP Nationalist L IU Oth
1945 Northern Ireland general election
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  UUP 41 33 0 6 -6 63.5 50.4 180,342 -6.4
  NI Labour 15 2 2 1 +1 3.8 18.5 66,053 +12.8
  Nationalist 11 10 2 0 +2 19.2 9.1 32,546 +4.2
  Commonwealth Labour 6 1 1 0 +1 1.9 7.8 28,079 N/A
  Independent Unionist 5 2 1 1 0 3.8 5.0 17,906 -1.8
  Communist (NI) 3 0 0 0 0 3.5 12,456 N/A
  Independent Labour 2 1 0 0 0 1.9 2.8 9,872 +1.1
  Socialist Republican 2 1 1 0 +1 1.9 1.5 5,497 N/A
  Federation of Labour 1 0 0 0 0 1.1 3,912 N/A
  Independent 2 2 2 0 +2 3.8 0.3 1,219 -1.9

Electorate: 845,964 (509,098 in contested seats); Turnout: 70.3% (357,882).

Votes summary

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
50.39%
Labour
18.46%
Nationalist Party
9.09%
Commonwealth Labour
7.85%
Independent Unionist
5.00%
Communist
3.48%
Independent Labour
2.76%
Socialist Republican
1.54%
Federation of Labour
1.09%
Independent
0.34%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
63.46%
Nationalist Party
19.23%
Independent Unionist
3.85%
Labour
3.85%
Independent Labour
1.92%
Commonwealth Labour
1.92%
Socialist Republican
1.92%
Independent
3.85%

Footnotes


  1. 19% for the Northern Irish Labour Party, 8% for the Commonwealth Labour Party, 3% for Independent Labour candidates and 1% for the Federation of Labour

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