1959 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

The 1959 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland was held on 8 October with 12 MPs elected in single-seat constituencies using first-past-the-post as part of the wider general election in the United Kingdom.

1959 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

 1955 8 October 1959 1964 

12 seats in Northern Ireland of the 630 seats in the House of Commons
  First party Second party
Leader Sir Basil Brooke, Bt Paddy McLogan
Party UUP Sinn Féin
Leader since 1943 1954
Leader's seat Did not stand[fn 1] Did not stand
Seats won 12 0
Seat change 2 2


The Ulster Unionists won all the seats in region. This was a net gain from the result at the previous election, although they held all seats in the region before the 1959 election was called: in Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Philip Clarke was unseated by petition and Robert Grosvenor was declared elected to the seat; in Mid Ulster, George Forrest had been elected in a by-election as an Independent Unionist, but subsequently joined the Ulster Unionists.

In the election as a whole, the Conservative Party, which included the Ulster Unionists, led by Harold Macmillan as Prime Minister, continued in a majority government.

Party MPs Votes
No. Change No. % Change
UUP 12 2 445,013 77.2% 8.5
Sinn Féin 0 2 63,415 11.0% 12.6
NI Labour 0 44,370 7.7% 2.2
Independent Labour 0 20,062 3.5% 3.5
Ulster Liberal 0 3,253 0.6% 0.6
Total 12 576,113 100%

MPs elected

Constituency Party MP
Antrim North UUP Henry Clark
Antrim South UUP Knox Cunningham
Armagh UUP John Maginnis
Belfast East UUP Stanley McMaster
Belfast North UUP Stratton Mills
Belfast South UUP David Campbell
Belfast West UUP Patricia McLaughlin
Down North UUP George Currie
Down South UUP Lawrence Orr
Fermanagh and South Tyrone UUP Robert Grosvenor
Londonderry UUP Robin Chichester-Clark
Mid Ulster UUP George Forrest


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


  1. "Elections to the United Kingdom Parliament held in Northern Ireland: General Election 1959". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  2. "The 1959 Westminster Elections in Northern Ireland". ARK: Northern Ireland Elections. Retrieved 19 January 2019.