Belfast Oldpark (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°36′58″N 5°57′11″W / 54.616°N 5.953°W / 54.616; -5.953

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

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

Boundaries[edit]

Belfast Oldpark 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 Oldpark 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 alternated between Unionist and labour movement representatives, and was often closely contested.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1929 Wilson Hungerford Ulster Unionist
1945 Robert Getgood Labour (NI)
1949 William James Morgan Ulster Unionist
1958 Vivian Simpson Labour (NI)
1973 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

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General Election 1929: Belfast Oldpark[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Wilson Hungerford 6,122 50.8 N/A
Labour (NI) Sam Kyle 5,933 49.2 N/A
Majority 189 1.6 N/A
Turnout 77.0 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1933: Belfast Oldpark[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Sir Wilson Hungerford 5,427 56.6 + 5.8
Independent Unionist William McConnell Wilton 5,933 49.2 N/A
Majority 1,272 13.2 + 11.6
Turnout 61.9 - 15.1
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1938: Belfast Oldpark[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Sir Wilson Hungerford 7,310 50.5 - 6.1
Labour (NI) Jack MacGougan 5,900 40.8 N/A
Progressive Unionist Robert Bradford 1,253 8.7 N/A
Majority 1,410 9.7 - 3.5
Turnout 74.9 + 13.0
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1945: Belfast Oldpark[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (NI) Robert Getgood 8,829 56.2 + 15.4
UUP Sir Wilson Hungerford 6,390 40.7 - 9.8
Socialist Republican David Wylie 481 3.1 N/A
Majority 2,439 15.5 + 5.8
Turnout 74.7 - 0.2
Labour (NI) gain from UUP Swing
General Election 1949: Belfast Oldpark[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP William James Morgan 9,599 59.0 + 18.3
Labour (NI) Robert Getgood 6,661 41.0 - 15.2
Majority 2,938 18.0 + 2.5
Turnout 78.6 + 3.9
UUP gain from Labour (NI) Swing
General Election 1953: Belfast Oldpark[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP William James Morgan 6,984 50.2 - 8.8
Labour (NI) Billy Blease 4,183 30.0 - 11.0
Irish Labour Cronan Francis Hughes 2,752 19.8 N/A
Majority 2,801 20.2 - 2.2
Turnout 64.7 - 13.9
UUP hold Swing
General Election 1958: Belfast Oldpark[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (NI) Vivian Simpson 6,307 50.6 + 20.6
UUP William James Morgan 6,152 49.4 - 0.8
Majority 155 1.2 - 19.0
Turnout 61.5 - 3.2
Labour (NI) gain from UUP Swing
General Election 1962: Belfast Oldpark[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (NI) Vivian Simpson 8,486 62.5 + 11.9
UUP William Henry Cushley 5,082 37.5 - 11.9
Majority 3,404 25.0 + 23.8
Turnout 69.7 + 8.2
Labour (NI) hold Swing
General Election 1965: Belfast Oldpark[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (NI) Vivian Simpson 6,210 59.5 - 3.0
UUP John Ferguson 4,221 40.5 + 3.0
Majority 1,989 19.0 - 6.0
Turnout 55.1 - 14.6
Labour (NI) hold Swing
General Election 1969: Belfast Oldpark[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (NI) Vivian Simpson 6,779 56.5 - 3.0
UUP Joseph Foster Cairns 5,224 43.5 + 3.0
Majority 1,555 13.0 - 6.0
Turnout 67.4 + 12.3
Labour (NI) hold Swing

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