1953 Northern Ireland general election


The 1953 Northern Ireland general election was held on 22 October 1953. Like all previous elections to the Parliament of Northern Ireland, it produced a large majority for the Ulster Unionist Party.

1953 Northern Ireland general election

 1949 22 October 1953 1958 

All 52 seats to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader Basil Brooke James McSparran
Party UUP Nationalist
Leader since 1 May 1943 15 November 1945
Leader's seat Lisnaskea Mourne
Last election 37 seats, 62.7% 9 seats, 26.8%
Seats won 38 7
Seat change 1 2
Popular vote 125,379 27,796
Percentage 48.6% 10.8%
Swing 14.1% 16.0%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader James McSparran William Norton
Party Anti-Partition Irish Labour
Leader since 1945 19 July 1932
Leader's seat Mourne Sat in Dáil Éireann
Last election Did not contest Did not contest
Seats won 2 1
Seat change 2 1
Popular vote 7,728 13,223
Percentage 3.0% 5.1%
Swing New party New party

Election results by constituency

Prime Minister before election

Basil Brooke
UUP

Elected Prime Minister

Basil Brooke
UUP

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Results


38 7 2 5
UUP Nationalist AP Oth
1953 Northern Ireland general election
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  UUP 43 38 3 2 +1 73.1 48.6 125,379 -14.1
  Independent Unionist 8 1 1 2 -1 1.9 12.8 32,998 +12.2
  NI Labour 9 0 0 0 0 12.1 31,360 +5.0
  Nationalist 8 7 0 2 -2 13.5 10.8 27,796 -16.0
  Irish Labour 6 1 1 0 +1 1.9 5.1 13,223 N/A
  Anti-Partition 3 2 2 0 +2 3.8 3.0 7,728 N/A
  Independent Irish Labour 2 0 0 0 0 2.6 6,639 N/A
  Ind. Republican Labour 1 1 1 0 +1 1.9 2.3 5,947 N/A
  Independent Labour 1 1 0 0 0 1.9 1.5 3,902 -0.6
  Independent 2 1 0 1 -1 1.9 0.7 1,745 +0.2
  Communist (NI) 1 0 0 0 0 0.5 1,207 +0.3

All parties shown. Electorate 888,352 (428,216 in contested seats); Turnout 60.2% (257,924).

Votes summary

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
48.61%
Independent Unionist
12.79%
Labour
12.16%
Nationalist Party
10.78%
Irish Labour
5.13%
Anti-Partition
3.00%
Independent Irish Labour
2.57%
Republican Labour
2.31%
Independent Labour
1.51%
Communist
0.47%
Independent
0.68%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
73.08%
Nationalist Party
13.46%
Anti-Partition
3.85%
Independent Unionist
1.92%
Irish Labour
1.92%
Republican Labour
1.92%
Independent Labour
1.92%
Independent
1.92%

See also


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