Belfast Clifton (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°36′40″N 5°56′06″W / 54.611°N 5.935°W / 54.611; -5.935

Belfast Clifton
Former Borough constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Belfast (Northern Ireland Parliament constituencies).svg
Belfast shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created 1929
Abolished 1973
Election method First past the post

Belfast Clifton was a constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.

Boundaries[edit]

Belfast Clifton was a borough constituency comprising part of northern Belfast. It was created in 1929 when the House of Commons (Method of Voting and Redistribution of Seats) Act (Northern Ireland) 1929 introduced first-past-the-post elections throughout Northern Ireland.

Belfast Clifton was created by the division of Belfast North into four new constituencies. It survived unchanged, returning one member of Parliament, until the Parliament of Northern Ireland was temporarily suspended in 1972, and then formally abolished in 1973.[1]

Politics[edit]

In common with other seats in North Belfast, the seat had little nationalist presence. The seat was usually held by the Ulster Unionist Party, but a variety of independent Unionists contested it and occasionally won, and some labour movement candidates achieved strong results.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election results[edit]

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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Northern Ireland 1921–72
At the 1929 and Northern Ireland general elections, Samuel Hall-Thompson was elected unopposed.[2]
General Election 1938: Belfast Clifton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Samuel Hall-Thompson 6,683 54.4 N/A
Ind. Unionist Association William McConnell Wilton 5,600 45.6 N/A
Majority 1,083 8.8 N/A
Turnout 72.1 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1945: Belfast Clifton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Samuel Hall-Thompson 7,272 62.0 + 7.6
Labour (NI) Andrew Carlin 4,458 38.0 N/A
Majority 2,814 24.0 + 15.2
Turnout 67.2 - 4.9
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1949: Belfast Clifton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Samuel Hall-Thompson 10,715 83.6 + 21.6
Independent Labour Owen J. Keane 2,107 16.4 N/A
Majority 8,608 67.2 + 43.2
Turnout 73.0 + 5.8
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1953: Belfast Clifton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Unionist Norman Porter 4,747 51.9 N/A
UUP Samuel Hall-Thompson 4,402 48.1 - 35.5
Majority 345 3.8 - 63.4
Turnout 50.9 - 22.1
Independent Unionist gain from UUP Swing N/A
General Election 1958: Belfast Clifton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Robin Kinahan 5,755 50.2 + 2.1
Independent Unionist Norman Porter 5,710 49.8 - 2.1
Majority 45 0.4 - 3.4
Turnout 67.5 + 16.6
UUP gain from Independent Unionist Swing N/A
Belfast Clifton by-election, 1959[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP William James Morgan 5,212 50.2 0.0
Independent Unionist Norman Porter 3,978 38.4 - 11.4
Labour (NI) Victoria Dunlop 1,185 11.4 N/A
Majority 1,234 11.8 + 11.4
Turnout 61.1 - 6.4
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1962: Belfast Clifton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP William James Morgan 6,474 58.6 + 8.4
Labour (NI) Norman Thompson 4,571 41.4 N/A
Majority 1,903 17.2 + 16.8
Turnout 66.9 - 0.6
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1965: Belfast Clifton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP William James Morgan 6,083 65.2 + 6.6
Labour (NI) Norman Thompson 3,247 34.8 - 6.6
Majority 2,836 30.4 + 13.2
Turnout 57.5 - 9.4
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1969: Belfast Clifton[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Unionist Lloyd Hall-Thompson 6,066 50.4 N/A
UUP William James Morgan 3,215 26.7 - 38.5
Labour (NI) Norman Thompson 1,681 13.9 - 20.9
National Democrats Michael McKeown 1,079 9.0 N/A'
Majority 2,851 23.7 - 6.7
Turnout 74.3 + 15.8
Independent Unionist gain from UUP Swing N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Northern Ireland House of Commons, 1921-1972, Northern Ireland Elections
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Northern Ireland Parliamentary Elections Results: Boroughs: Belfast