James Brown (Northern Ireland politician)

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James Brown (born 1897, date of death unknown) was a Unionist politician and journalist in Northern Ireland.

Brown stood as an independent Farmers and New Industries candidate in South Down at the Northern Ireland general election, 1938. The seat had previously elected Irish nationalists, but no nationalist candidate stood in 1938, and Brown easily beat his only opponent, a Northern Ireland Labour Party candidate. He immediately took the Ulster Unionist Party whip in Parliament.[1]

At the Northern Ireland general election, 1945, Brown contested Mourne as an independent Unionist, but was defeated by the Nationalist Party candidate James McSparran. He then stood for Down at the 1945 Westminster general election.[1] He came last out of four candidates, but took 19.1% of the vote and was less than 2,000 votes behind the last elected candidate.[2]

A by-election was held in Down in 1946, and Brown again stood,[1] this time as an independent "Democratic Unionist". He again placed last, his share of the vote shrinking to 2.2%.[2]

Brown's final political contest was in South Down at the Northern Ireland general election, 1958. For the first time, he stood as an official Ulster Unionist Party candidate, but he was not able to regain the seat.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Biographies of Members of the Northern Ireland House of Commons
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd edition ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X
Parliament of Northern Ireland
Preceded by
Éamon de Valera
Member of Parliament for South Down
1938–1945
Succeeded by
Peter Murnoy