Belfast Victoria (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°35′53″N 5°52′19″W / 54.598°N 5.872°W / 54.598; -5.872

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

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

Boundaries[edit]

Belfast Victoria was a borough constituency comprising part of eastern 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 Victoria was created by the division of Belfast East 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]

The seat contained the eastern parts of the former Victoria ward.[2] It covered an area equivalent to the current wards of Sydenham, Belmont and Ballyhackamore together with parts of the Island and Stormont wards.

Politics[edit]

The seat was held in the early years by Ulster Unionist Party candidates. However, there was always strong support for labour movement candidates, with David Bleakley holding the seat for seven years.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1929 Sir Dawson Bates Ulster Unionist Party
1933
1938
1945 Robert Alexander
1949
1953 Bill Henderson
1958 David Bleakley Northern Ireland Labour Party
1962
1965 Roy Bradford Ulster Unionist Party
1969
1973 Constituency abolished
Bradford was elected in 1969 as an "O'Neill Unionist" supporting the reform proposals of the then Prime Minister.

Election results[edit]

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General Election 22 May 1929: Belfast Victoria[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Dawson Bates 6,046 61.0 N/A
Local Option James Price 3,858 39.0 N/A
Majority 2,180 22.0 N/A
Turnout 14,251 69.5 N/A
UUP gain, as new
General Election 30 November 1933: Belfast Victoria[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Dawson Bates Unopposed N/A
UUP hold Swing
General Election 9 February 1938: Belfast Victoria[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Dawson Bates 8,309 59.3
Progressive Unionist Joseph McMaster 3,434 24.5
Labour (NI) Tom Boyd 2,268 16.2
Majority 4,875 34.8
Turnout 17,921 78.2
UUP hold Swing
General Election 22 October 1945: Belfast Victoria[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Robert Alexander 7,618 54.1
Labour (NI) George Matthews 4,342 30.8
Commonwealth Labour Norman Black 2,133 15.1
Majority 3,276 23.3
Turnout 18,525 76.1
UUP hold Swing
General Election 10 February 1949: Belfast Victoria[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Robert Alexander 11,330 82.4
Labour (NI) David Bleakley 2,423 17.6
Majority 8,907 64.8
Turnout 18,404 74.7
UUP hold Swing
General Election 14 June 1953: Belfast Victoria[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Bill Henderson 7,198 56.5
Labour (NI) David Bleakley 5,536 43.5
Majority 1,662 13.0
Turnout 20,041 63.5
UUP hold Swing
General Election 20 March 1958: Belfast Victoria[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (NI) David Bleakley 7,487 50.5
UUP Bill Henderson 7,340 49.5
Majority 147 1.0
Turnout 19,652 75.4
Labour (NI) gain from UUP Swing
General Election 31 May 1962: Belfast Victoria[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (NI) David Bleakley 7,882 54.2
UUP Leslie Stewart 6,668 45.8
Majority 1,214 8.4
Turnout 20,053 72.6
Labour (NI) hold Swing
General Election 25 November 1965: Belfast Victoria[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Roy Bradford 6,892 51.6
Labour (NI) David Bleakley 6,469 48.4
Majority 423 3.2
Turnout 20,370 65.6
UUP gain from Labour (NI) Swing
General Election 24 February 1969: Belfast Victoria[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Roy Bradford 9,249 62.9
Labour (NI) John Coulthard 2,972 20.2
Protestant Unionist Ronald Bunting 2,489 16.
Majority 6,277 42.7
Turnout 19,504 75.4
UUP hold Swing

References[edit]

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