1958 Northern Ireland general election


The 1958 Northern Ireland general election was held on 20 March 1958. Like all previous elections to the Parliament of Northern Ireland, it produced a large majority for the Ulster Unionist Party. The Northern Ireland Labour Party returned to the Commons after being wiped out in the 1949 election.

1958 Northern Ireland general election

 1953 20 March 1958 1962 

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 Joe Stewart
Party UUP Nationalist
Leader since 1 May 1943 1958
Leader's seat Lisnaskea East Tyrone
Last election 38 seats, 48.6% 7 seats, 10.8%
Seats won 37 7
Seat change 1
Popular vote 106,177 36,013
Percentage 44.0% 14.9%
Swing 4.6% 4.1%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Tom Boyd None
Party NI Labour Ind. Labour Group
Leader since 1958 n/a
Leader's seat Belfast Pottinger None
Last election 0 seats, 12.1% Did not stand
Seats won 4 1
Seat change 4 1
Popular vote 38,093 4,683
Percentage 15.8% 2.0%
Swing 3.0% New party

Election results by constituency

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

Results


37 7 4 4
UUP Nationalist Lab Oth
1958 Northern Ireland general election
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  UUP 46 37 3 4 -1 71.2 44.0 106,177 -4.6
  NI Labour 8 4 4 0 +4 7.7 15.8 38,093 +3.0
  Nationalist 8 7 0 0 0 13.5 14.9 36,013 +4.1
  Independent Unionist 5 0 0 1 0 6.8 16,537 N/A
  Independent Labour 2 0 0 1 -1 3.1 7,544 +0.6
  Ind. Republican Labour 1 1 0 0 0 1.9 3.1 7,510 +0.8
  Irish Labour 3 0 0 1 -1 3.0 7,321 -2.1
  Independent Nationalist 2 1 1 0 +1 1.9 2.1 5,168 N/A
  Ulster Protestant Action 1 0 0 0 0 2.0 4,704 N/A
  Ind. Labour Group 1 1 1 0 +1 1.9 2.0 4,683 N/A
  Independent 2 1 0 0 0 1.9 1.8 4,231 +1.1
  Independent Irish Labour 1 0 0 0 0 1.1 2,761 -2.5
  Ulster Liberal 1 0 0 0 0 0.3 759 N/A

Electorate: 891,064 (359,816 in contested seats); Turnout: 67.1% (241,501).

Votes summary

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
43.97%
Labour
15.77%
Nationalist Party
14.91%
Independent Unionist
6.85%
Independent Labour
5.06%
Republican Labour
3.11%
Irish Labour
3.03%
Ind. Nationalist
2.14%
Ind. Protestant Unionist
1.95%
Independent Irish Labour
1.14%
Ulster Liberal
0.31%
Independent
1.75%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
71.15%
Nationalist Party
13.46%
Labour
7.69%
Independent Labour
1.92%
Republican Labour
1.92%
Independent Nationalist
1.92%
Independent
1.92%

References


See also