Belfast Cromac (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°35′31″N 5°55′26″W / 54.592°N 5.924°W / 54.592; -5.924

Belfast Cromac
Former Borough constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
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Former constituency
Created 1929
Abolished 1973
Election method First past the post

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

Boundaries[edit]

Belfast Cromac was a borough constituency comprising part of southern 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 Cromac was created by the division of Belfast South 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 south Belfast, the constituency was strongly unionist. It was always won by Unionist candidates, although labour movement and independent unionist candidates often contested it.[1] All but its last MP died in office.

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
General Election 1929: Belfast Cromac[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Anthony Babington 6,680 61.1 N/A
Independent Unionist James Reid 4,246 38.9 N/A
Majority 2,434 22.2 N/A
Turnout 64.6 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
At the Northern Ireland general election, 1933, Anthony Babington was elected unopposed.[2]
General Election 1938: Belfast Cromac[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Maynard Sinclair 7,869 64.5 N/A
Progressive Unionist William John Stewart 4,337 35.5 N/A
Majority 3,532 29.0 N/A
Turnout 75.4 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1945: Belfast Cromac[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Maynard Sinclair 8,407 67.1 + 2.6
Communist (NI) Betty Sinclair 4,130 32.9 N/A
Majority 4,277 34.2 + 5.2
Turnout 71.6 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1949: Belfast Cromac[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Maynard Sinclair 10,152 82.4 + 15.3
Independent Labour James A. Donnelly 2,170 17.6 N/A
Majority 7,982 64.8 + 30.6
Turnout 74.3 + 2.7
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1953: Belfast Cromac[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Joseph Morgan 5,293 67.0 - 15.4
Independent Unionist Thomas Allen 2,170 17.6 N/A
Majority 2,689 34.0 - 30.8
Turnout 48.6 - 25.7
UUP hold Swing N/A

At the Northern Ireland general election, 1958, William Morgan was elected unopposed.[2]

General Election 1962: Belfast Cromac[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Joseph Morgan 5,863 64.5 N/A
Labour (NI) Cecil Allen 3,225 35.5 N/A
Majority 2,638 29.0 N/A
Turnout 63.4 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
Belfast Cromac by-election, 1962[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP William Kennedy 4,801 62.0 - 2.5
Labour (NI) Cecil Allen 1,866 24.1 - 11.4
Liberal Robert Huston 1,074 13.9 N/A
Majority 3,114 43.6 + 14.6
Turnout 54.0 - 9.6
UUP hold Swing
General Election 1965: Belfast Cromac[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP William Kennedy 5,126 71.8 + 7.3
Labour (NI) Jack Barkley 2,012 28.2 - 7.3
Majority 3,114 43.6 + 14.6
Turnout 50.2 - 13.2
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1969: Belfast Cromac[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP William Kennedy 6,320 77.0 + 5.2
Labour (NI) Jack Barkley 1,134 13.8 - 14.4
People's Democracy Edward Wiegleb 752 9.8 N/A
Majority 5,186 63.2 + 19.6
Turnout 60.6 + 10.4
UUP hold 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 k Northern Ireland Parliamentary Elections Results: Boroughs: Belfast