1962 Northern Ireland general election

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1962 Northern Ireland general election

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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 Joe Stewart Tom Boyd
Party UUP Nationalist NI Labour
Leader since 1 May 1943 1958 1958
Leader's seat Lisnaskea East Tyrone Belfast Pottinger
Last election 37 seats, 44.0% 7 seats, 14.9% 4 seats, 15.8%
Seats won 34 9 4
Seat change Decrease3 Increase2 Steady
Popular vote 147,629 45,860 76,842
Percentage 48.8% 15.1% 25.4%
Swing Increase4.8% Increase0.2% Increase9.6%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Blank Blank Blank
Leader Albert McElroy Brendan Corish None
Party Ulster Liberal Irish Labour Ind. Labour Group
Leader since 1956 2 March 1960 n/a
Leader's seat None Sat in Dáil Éireann None
Last election 0 seats, 0.3% 0 seats, 3.0% 1 seats, 2.0%
Seats won 1 1 1
Seat change Increase1 Increase1 Steady
Popular vote 11,005 3,288 2,343
Percentage 3.6% 1.1% 0.8%
Swing Increase3.3% Decrease1.9% Decrease1.2%

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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

The 1962 Northern Ireland general election was held on 31 May 1962. Like all previous elections to the Parliament of Northern Ireland, it produced a large majority for the Ulster Unionist Party.

Results[edit]

34 9 4 5
UUP Nationalist Lab Oth
1962 Northern Ireland general election
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % Net %
  UUP 45 34 0 3 -3 65.3 48.8 147,629 +4.8
  NI Labour 14 4 0 0 0 7.7 25.4 76,842 +9.6
  Nationalist 9 9 2 0 +2 17.3 15.1 45,860 +0.2
  Ulster Liberal 4 1 1 0 +1 1.9 3.6 11,005 +3.3
  Ind. Republican Labour 1 1 0 0 0 1.9 2.5 7,662 -0.6
  Independent Labour 2 0 0 0 0 2.3 6,946 +0.3
  Irish Labour 1 1 1 0 +1 1.9 1.1 3,288 -1.9
  Ind. Labour Group 2 1 0 0 0 1.9 0.8 2,343 -1.2
  Independent 1 1 0 0 0 1.9 0.4 1,220 -1.4
  World Socialist 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 66 N/A

All parties shown. Electorate: 903,596 (458,838 in contested seats); Turnout: 66.0% (302,681).

Votes summary[edit]

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
48.77%
Labour
25.39%
Nationalist Party
15.15%
Ulster Liberal
3.64%
Independent Labour
3.07%
Republican Labour
2.53%
Irish Labour
1.07%
Independent
0.4%
World Socialist
0.02%

Seats summary[edit]

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
65.38%
Nationalist Party
17.31%
Labour
7.69%
Ulster Liberal
1.92%
Independent Labour
1.92%
Republican Labour
1.92%
Irish Labour
1.92%
Independent
1.92%

See also[edit]

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