Belfast Woodvale (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°36′36″N 5°57′47″W / 54.610°N 5.963°W / 54.610; -5.963

Belfast Woodvale
Former Borough constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
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Former constituency
Created 1929
Abolished 1972
Election method First past the post

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

Boundaries[edit]

Belfast Woodvale was a borough constituency comprising part of western 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 Woodvale was created by the division of Belfast West 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]

The seat was strongly Unionist, but there was a strong local labour movement, and for much of its history, the seat was held by the Northern Ireland Labour Party or independent Unionists.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election results[edit]

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Northern Ireland 1921–72
General Election 1929: Belfast Woodvale[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Unionist John William Nixon 9,904 58.4 N/A
UUP William Beattie 6,465 41.6 N/A
Majority 2,629 16.8 N/A
Turnout 75.2 N/A
Independent Unionist hold Swing N/A
General Election 1933: Belfast Woodvale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Unionist John William Nixon 8,709 56.6 -1.8
UUP Alexander Dalzell 6,676 43.4 +1.8
Majority 2,033 13.2 -13.6
Turnout 76.4 +0.8
Independent Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1938: Belfast Woodvale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Unionist John William Nixon 9,335 59.0 +2.4
UUP John William Dickson 6,479 41.0 -2.4
Majority 2,856 18.0 +4.8
Turnout 79.5 +3.1
Independent Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1945: Belfast Woodvale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Unionist John William Nixon 9,274 66.4 +7.4
UUP Samuel Lyness Megraw 4,686 33.6 -7.4
Majority 4,588 32.8 +14.8
Turnout 69.3 -10.2
Independent Unionist hold Swing
At the Northern Ireland general election, 1949, John William Nixon was elected unopposed.
Belfast Woodvale by-election, 1950
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Robert Harcourt 3,939 33.1 N/A
Independent Unionist Robert Hill 3,529 29.7 N/A
Labour (NI) Charles Hull 2,893 29.7 N/A
Independent Unionist David H. Walker 1,533 12.9 N/A
Majority 410 3.4 N/A
Turnout 57.9 N/A
UUP gain from Independent Unionist Swing N/A
General Election 1953: Belfast Woodvale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Robert Harcourt 6,085 40.1 N/A
Independent Unionist James Brennan Docherty 5,786 38.2 N/A
Labour (NI) Billy Boyd 3,286 21.7 N/A
Majority 299 1.9 N/A
Turnout 69.3 N/A
UUP gain from Independent Unionist Swing N/A
Belfast Woodvale by-election, 1955
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Neville Martin 5,609 52.0 +11.9
Labour (NI) Billy Boyd 5,173 48.0 +26.3
Majority 436 4.0 +2.1
Turnout 50.0 -19.3
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1958: Belfast Woodvale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (NI) Billy Boyd 7,529 50.3 +28.6
UUP Neville Martin 7,449 49.7 +9.6
Majority 80 0.6 -1.3
Turnout 71.8 +1.0 N/A
Labour (NI) gain from UUP Swing N/A
General Election 1962: Belfast Woodvale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (NI) Billy Boyd 8,389 57.4 +7.1
UUP James Frazer Kerr 6,232 42.6 -7.1
Majority 2,157 14.8 +14.2
Turnout 71.9 +0.1 N/A
Labour (NI) hold Swing N/A
General Election 1965: Belfast Woodvale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP John McQuade 6,791 57.3 +14.7
Labour (NI) Billy Boyd 5,067 42.7 -14.7
Majority 1,724 14.6 -0.2
Turnout 57.3 -14.6 N/A
UUP gain from Labour (NI) Swing N/A
General Election 1969: Belfast Woodvale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP John McQuade 7,209 50.7 -6.6
Labour (NI) Billy Boyd 3,878 26.9 -15.8
Independent Unionist Leslie Bell 3,231 22.4 N/A
Majority 3,331 23.8 +9.2
Turnout 71.6 +14.3 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Northern Ireland House of Commons, 1921-1972, Northern Ireland Elections
  2. ^ Northern Ireland Parliamentary Elections Results: Boroughs: Belfast