1950 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

The 1950 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland was held on 23 February as part of the wider general election. The Representation of the People Act 1948 reorganised constituencies: all MPs were now elected single-seat constituencies using FPTP, ending the two-seat constituencies which had been in place till then, and the university constituency of Queen's University of Belfast was abolished.

1950 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

 1945 23 February 1950 1951 

12 seats in Northern Ireland of the 625 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 10 2
Seat change 1


In the election as a whole, the Labour Party led by Clement Attlee as Prime Minister was returned with a narrow majority, while the Conservative Party, which included the Ulster Unionists, led by Sir Winston Churchill, continued in opposition.

Party MPs Change Uncontested Votes[3] %[3]
UUP 10 1 2 352,334 62.8
Nationalist 2 0 65,211 11.6
NI Labour 0 0 67,816 12.1
Irish Labour Party 0 0 52,715 9.4
Independent Republican 0 0 23,362 4.2
Total 12 1 2 561,438 100

    MPs elected

    Constituency Party MP
    Antrim North UUP Hugh O'Neill
    Antrim South UUP Douglas Savory
    Armagh UUP Richard Harden
    Belfast East UUP Alan McKibbin
    Belfast North UUP H. Montgomery Hyde
    Belfast South UUP Conolly Gage
    Belfast West UUP J. G. MacManaway
    Down North UUP Walter Smiles
    Down South UUP Lawrence Orr
    Fermanagh and South Tyrone Nationalist Cahir Healy
    Londonderry UUP Sir Ronald Ross, Bt
    Mid Ulster Nationalist Anthony Mulvey


    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 1950". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
    2. "The 1950 Westminster Elections in Northern Ireland". ARK: Northern Ireland Elections. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
    3. Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (2006). British Electoral Facts. Ashgate. p. 35.