1951 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

The 1951 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland was held on 25 October as part of the wider general election with 12 MPs elected in single-seat constituencies using first-past-the-post.

1951 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

 1950 25 October 1951 1955 

12 seats in Northern Ireland of the 625 seats in the House of Commons
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Sir Basil Brooke, Bt James McSparran William Norton
Party UUP Nationalist Irish Labour
Leader since 1943 1945 1932
Leader's seat Did not stand[fn 1] Did not stand[fn 2] Did not stand[fn 3]
Seats won 9 2 1
Seat change 1 1


The Ulster Unionists lost one seat to Jack Beattie, formerly an Independent Labour MP but now standing for the Irish Labour Party.

In the election as a whole, the Labour Party government led by Clement Attlee, which had won with a narrow majority in the previous election, lost out to the Conservative Party, which included the Ulster Unionists, led by Sir Winston Churchill, who returned as Prime Minister.

Party MPs Change Uncontested Votes[2] %[2]
Ulster Unionist 9 1 4 274,928 59.4
Nationalist 2 0 92,787 20.0
Irish Labour Party 1 1 0 33,174 7.2
Northern Ireland Labour Party 0 0 0 62,324 13.5
Independent Republican 0 0 0
Total 12 4 463,213 100

MPs elected

Constituency Party MP
Antrim North Ulster Unionist Hugh O'Neill
Antrim South Ulster Unionist Douglas Savory
Armagh Ulster Unionist Richard Harden
Belfast East Ulster Unionist Alan McKibbin
Belfast North Ulster Unionist H. Montgomery Hyde
Belfast South Ulster Unionist Conolly Gage
Belfast West Irish Labour Jack Beattie
Down North Ulster Unionist Walter Smiles
Down South Ulster Unionist Lawrence Orr
Fermanagh and South Tyrone Nationalist Cahir Healy
Londonderry Ulster Unionist William Wellwood
Ulster Mid Nationalist Michael O'Neill


  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.
  3. Norton sat as a TD for Kildare in Dáil Éireann.


  1. "Elections to the United Kingdom Parliament held in Northern Ireland: General Election 1951". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  2. Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (2006). British Electoral Facts. Ashgate. p. 37.