1945 Northern Ireland general election

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1945 Northern Ireland general election

← 1938 14 June 1945 1949 →

All 52 seats to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Blank Blank
Leader Basil Brooke T. J. Campbell Paddy Agnew
Party UUP Nationalist NI Labour
Leader since 1 May 1943 18 January 1934 1938
Leader's seat Lisnaskea Belfast Central South Armagh (defeated)
Last election 39 seats, 56.8% 8 seats, 4.9% 1 seat, 5.7%
Seats won 33 10 2
Seat change Decrease6 Increase2 Increase1
Popular vote 180,342 32,546 66,053
Percentage 50.4% 9.1% 18.5%
Swing Decrease6.4% Increase4.2% Increase12.8%

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Blank Blank
Leader Harry Midgley Harry Diamond
Party Commonwealth Labour Socialist Republican
Leader since 1942 1944
Leader's seat Belfast Willowfield Belfast Falls
Last election Did not stand Did not stand
Seats won 1 1
Seat change Increase1 Increase1
Popular vote 28,079 5,497
Percentage 7.8% 1.5%
Swing New party New party

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Percentage of seats gained by each of the party

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

The 1945 Northern Ireland general election was held on 14 June 1945. The election saw significant losses for the Ulster Unionist Party, though they retained their majority.

Mirroring the result across the rest of the UK in the 1945 UK general election, candidates standing on behalf of the various Labour parties won a significantly higher vote share of 30%,[nb 1] but this translated into just two new MPs due to the first-past-the-post electoral system.

Results[edit]

33 10 2 2 5
UUP Nationalist L IU Oth
1945 Northern Ireland general election
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  UUP 41 33 0 6 -6 63.5 50.4 180,342 -6.4
  NI Labour 15 2 2 1 +1 3.8 18.5 66,053 +12.8
  Nationalist 11 10 +2 19.2 9.1 32,546 +4.2
  Commonwealth Labour 6 1 1 0 +1 1.9 7.8 28,079 N/A
  Independent Unionist 5 2 1 1 0 3.8 5.0 17,906 -1.8
  Communist (NI) 3 0 0 0 0 3.5 12,456 N/A
  Independent Labour 2 1 0 0 0 1.9 2.8 9,872 +1.1
  Socialist Republican 2 1 1 0 +1 1.9 1.5 5,497 N/A
  Federation of Labour 1 0 0 0 0 1.1 3,912 N/A
  Independent 2 2 2 0 +2 3.8 0.3 1,219 -1.9

Electorate: 845,964 (509,098 in contested seats); Turnout: 70.3% (357,882).

Votes summary[edit]

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
50.39%
Labour
18.46%
Nationalist Party
9.09%
Commonwealth Labour
7.85%
Independent Unionist
5.00%
Communist
3.48%
Independent Labour
2.76%
Socialist Republican
1.54%
Federation of Labour
1.09%
Independent
0.34%

Seats summary[edit]

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
63.46%
Nationalist Party
19.23%
Independent Unionist
3.85%
Labour
3.85%
Independent Labour
1.92%
Commonwealth Labour
1.92%
Socialist Republican
1.92%
Independent
3.85%

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ 19% for the Northern Irish Labour Party, 8% for the Commonwealth Labour Party, 3% for Independent Labour candidates and 1% for the Federation of Labour

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