Belfast Shankill (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°36′14″N 5°57′00″W / 54.604°N 5.950°W / 54.604; -5.950

Belfast Shankill
Former Borough constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Belfast (Northern Ireland Parliament constituencies).svg
Former constituency
Created 1929
Abolished 1972
Election method First past the post

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

Boundaries[edit]

Belfast Shankill 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 Shankill 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 strongly Unionist, but there was some labour movement strength. For the first twenty-four years of its existence, the seat was held by an independent Unionist.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1929 Tommy Henderson Independent Unionist
1937 Independent Unionist Association
1940s Independent Unionist
1953 Henry Holmes Ulster Unionist
1960 Desmond Boal Ulster Unionist
1961 Independent Unionist
1961 Ulster Unionist
1970 Independent Unionist
1971 Democratic Unionist
1973 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

General Election 1929: Belfast Shankill[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Unionist Tommy Henderson 6,525 51.1 N/A
UUP Samuel McGuffin 6,244 48.9 N/A
Majority 281 2.2 N/A
Turnout 74.8 N/A
Independent Unionist hold Swing N/A
General Election 1933: Belfast Shankill[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Unionist Tommy Henderson 6,451 50.5 -0.6
UUP James Norman Fulton 6,335 49.5 +0.6
Majority 116 1.0 -1.2
Turnout 76.4 +1.6
Independent Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1938: Belfast Shankill[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ind. Unionist Association Tommy Henderson 7,518 51.4 +0.9
UUP James Norman Fulton 7,095 48.6 -0.9
Majority 423 2.8 +1.8
Turnout 83.6 +7.2
Ind. Unionist Association gain from Independent Unionist Swing
At the 1945 and 1949 general elections, Tommy Henderson was elected unopposed.[2]
General Election 1953: Belfast Shankill[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Henry Holmes 5,485 47.3 N/A
Independent Unionist Tommy Henderson 3,215 27.7 N/A
NI Labour Norman Branagh Fullerton 2,897 25.0 N/A
Majority 2,270 19.6 N/A
Turnout 65.6 N/A
UUP gain from Independent Unionist Swing N/A
General Election 1958: Belfast Shankill[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Henry Holmes 6,411 56.2 +8.9
NI Labour Samuel Cree 4,995 43.8 +18.0
Majority 1,416 12.4 -7.2
Turnout 61.5 -4.1
UUP hold Swing
Belfast Shankill by-election, 1960[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Desmond Boal 4,320 64.2 +8.0
NI Labour Samuel Cree 2,414 35.8 -8.0
Majority 1,906 28.4 +16.0
Turnout 28.4 -33.1
UUP hold Swing
At the Northern Ireland general election, 1962, Desmond Boal was elected unopposed.[2]
General Election 1965: Belfast Shankill[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Desmond Boal 6,289 67.4 N/A
NI Labour David Overend 3,035 32.6 N/A
Majority 3,254 34.8 N/A
Turnout 50.5 N/A
UUP hold Swing
General Election 1969: Belfast Shankill[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Desmond Boal 6,384 49.4 -18.0
Independent Unionist Samuel Walsh 4,545 35.2 N/A
NI Labour David Overend 1,997 15.4 -17.2
Majority 1,839 14.2 -20.6
Turnout 71.1 +20.6
UUP 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