1950 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

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1950 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland

← 1945 23 February 1950 1951 →

12 seats in Northern Ireland of the 625 seats in the House of Commons
  First party Second party
Leader Sir Basil Brooke, Bt James McSparran
Party UUP Nationalist
Leader since 1943 1945
Leader's seat Did not stand Did not stand
Seats won 10 2
Seat change Increase 1 Steady

The 1950 United Kingdom general election in Northern Ireland was held on 23 February as part of the wider general election. The Representation of the People Act 1948 reorganised constituencies: all MPs were now elected single-seat constituencies using FPTP, ending the two-seat constituencies which had been in place till then, and the university constituency of Queen's University of Belfast was abolished.


In the election as a whole, the Labour Party led by Clement Attlee as Prime Minister was returned with a narrow majority, while the Conservative Party, which included the Ulster Unionists, led by Sir Winston Churchill, continued in opposition.

Party MPs Change Uncontested Votes[3] %[3]
UUP 10 Increase 1 2 352,334 62.8
Nationalist 2 Steady 0 65,211 11.6
NI Labour 0 Steady 0 67,816 12.1
Irish Labour Party 0 Steady 0 52,715 9.4
Independent Republican 0 Steady 0 23,362 4.2
Total 12 Decrease 1 2 561,438 100

MPs elected

Constituency Party MP
Antrim North UUP Hugh O'Neill
Antrim South UUP Douglas Savory
Armagh UUP Richard Harden
Belfast East UUP Alan McKibbin
Belfast North UUP H. Montgomery Hyde
Belfast South UUP Conolly Gage
Belfast West UUP J. G. MacManaway
Down North UUP Walter Smiles
Down South UUP Lawrence Orr
Fermanagh and South Tyrone Nationalist Cahir Healy
Londonderry UUP Sir Ronald Ross, Bt
Ulster Mid Nationalist Anthony Mulvey


  1. ^ "Elections to the United Kingdom Parliament held in Northern Ireland: General Election 1950". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  2. ^ "The 1950 Westminster Elections in Northern Ireland". ARK: Northern Ireland Elections. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (2006). British Electoral Facts. Ashgate. p. 35.

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