1965 Northern Ireland general election


The 1965 Northern Ireland general election was held on 25 November 1965. Like all previous elections to the Parliament of Northern Ireland, it produced a large majority for the Ulster Unionist Party. This was the last election in Northern Ireland in which one party won a majority of the vote. The Ulster Unionists increased their vote share largely due to a reduction in the number of uncontested seats, but also picked up two additional seats. Similarly, the Nationalist vote share decreased largely due to more of the seats in which they stood candidates being contested.

1965 Northern Ireland general election

 1962 25 November 1965 1969 

All 52 seats to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Terence O'Neill Eddie McAteer Tom Boyd
Party UUP Nationalist NI Labour
Leader since 25 March 1963 2 June 1964 1958
Leader's seat Bannside Foyle Belfast Pottinger
Last election 34 seats, 48.8% 9 seats, 15.1% 4 seats, 25.4%
Seats won 36 9 2
Seat change 2 2
Popular vote 191,896 26,748 66,323
Percentage 59.1% 8.2% 20.4%
Swing 10.3% 6.9% 5.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Gerry Fitt Gerry Quigley Albert McElroy
Party Republican Labour National Democratic Ulster Liberal
Leader since 1964 1965 1956
Leader's seat Belfast Dock None Enniskillen (Lost)
Last election Did not stand Did not stand 1 seat, 3.6%
Seats won 2 1 1
Seat change 2 1
Popular vote 3,326 15,206 12,618
Percentage 1.0% 4.7% 3.9%
Swing New party New party 0.3%

Election results by constituency

Prime Minister before election

Terence O'Neill
UUP

Elected Prime Minister

Terence O'Neill
UUP

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Results


36 9 2 2 3
UUP Nationalist L R Oth
1965 Northern Ireland general election
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  UUP 41 36 2 0 +2 69.2 59.1 191,896 +10.3
  NI Labour 17 2 0 2 -2 3.8 20.4 66,323 -5.0
  Nationalist 9 9 0 0 0 17.3 8.2 26,748 -6.9
  National Democratic 1 1 1 0 +1 1.9 4.7 15,206 N/A
  Ulster Liberal 4 1 0 0 0 1.9 3.9 12,618 +0.3
  Independent Labour 1 0 0 0 0 1.4 4,371 -1.7
  Republican Labour 2 2 2 0 +2 3.8 1.0 3,326 N/A
  New Ireland Movement 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 3,111 N/A
  Independent Republican 1 0 0 0 0 0.2 682 N/A
  Communist (NI) 1 0 0 0 0 0.1 308 N/A
  Independent 1 1 0 0 0 1.9 0.0 0 -0.4

All parties shown. The only independent candidate was elected unopposed. Electorate: 907,667 (563,252 in contested seats); Turnout: 57.6% (324,589).

Votes summary

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
59.12%
Labour
20.43%
Nationalist
8.24%
National Democratic
4.68%
Ulster Liberal
3.89%
Independent Labour
1.35%
Republican Labour
1.02%
New Ireland Movement
0.96%
Independent Republican
0.21%
Communist
0.09%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
69.23%
Nationalist
17.31%
Labour
3.85%
Republican Labour
3.85%
National Democratic
1.92%
Independent
1.92%

See also


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