1945 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

The 1945 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland was held on 14 November 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.

1945 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

 1935 5 July 1945 1950 

13 seats in Northern Ireland of the 615 seats in the House of Commons
  First party Second party
Leader Sir Basil Brooke, Bt James McSparran
Party UUP Nationalist
Leader since 1943 1945
Leader's seat Did not stand[fn 1] Did not stand[fn 2]
Seats won 9 2


This was the first general election to Westminster in ten years, as elections had been postponed for the duration of World War II.

In the election as a whole, the Conservative Party government, which included the Ulster Unionists, lost out to the Labour Party, and Sir Winston Churchill was succeeded as Prime Minister by Clement Attlee.

Party MPs Change Uncontested Votes[2] %[2]
Ulster Unionist 9 2 1 392,450 53.7
Nationalist 2 0 148,078 18.8
Independent Unionist 1 1 0
Independent Labour 1 1 0
NI Labour 0 0 65,459 11.4
Common Wealth Labour 0 0 14,096 2.9
Total 13 7 719,765 100

    MPs elected

    Constituency Party MP
    Antrim Ulster Unionist Samuel Haughton
    Ulster Unionist Hugh O'Neill
    Armagh Ulster Unionist William Allen
    Belfast East Ulster Unionist Thomas Loftus Cole
    Belfast North Ulster Unionist William Neill
    Belfast South Ulster Unionist Conolly Gage
    Belfast West Independent Labour Jack Beattie
    Down Independent Unionist James Little
    Ulster Unionist Walter Smiles
    Fermanagh and Tyrone Nationalist Patrick Cunningham
    Nationalist Anthony Mulvey
    Londonderry Ulster Unionist Sir Ronald Ross, Bt
    Queen's University of Belfast Ulster Unionist Douglas Savory


    1. Brooke sat as the MP for Lisnaskea in the Northern Ireland Parliament.
    2. McSparran sat as the MP for Mourne in the Northern Ireland Parliament.


    1. "Elections to the United Kingdom Parliament held in Northern Ireland: General Election 1945". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
    2. Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (2006). British Electoral Facts. Ashgate. p. 33.