Northern Ireland general election, 1938

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Northern Ireland general election, 1938
Northern Ireland
1933 ←
members
9 February 1938 → 1945
members

All 52 seats to the Northern Ireland House of Commons
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  James Craig Viscount Craigavon.jpg Judge TJ Campbell.jpg No image.png
Leader James Craig Thomas Campbell Harry Midgley (defeated)
Party UUP Nationalist Labour (NI)
Leader since 7 June 1921 18 January 1934 1933
Leader's seat North Down Belfast Central Belfast Dock
Last election 36 seats (43.5%) 9 seats (13.2%) 2 seats (8.5%)
Seats won 39 8 1
Seat change Increase3 Decrease1 Decrease1
Popular vote 187,684 16,167 18,775
Percentage 56.8% 4.9% 5.7%
Swing Increase 13.3% Decrease 2.8% Decrease 2.8%

  Fourth party Fifth party
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Leader William McConnell Wilton William Stewart
Party Ind. Unionist Association Progressive Unionist
Leader since 4 October 1937 1938
Leader's seat Belfast Clifton (not elected) Belfast Cromac (not elected)
Last election N/A N/A
Seats won 1 0
Seat change Increase 1 Steady 0
Popular vote 28,459 41,028
Percentage 8.6% 12.4%
Swing Increase 8.6% Increase 12/4%

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Election results by constituency.

Prime Minister before election

James Craig
UUP

Elected Prime Minister

James Craig
UUP

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The Northern Ireland general election, 1938 was held on 9 February 1938. Like all previous elections to the Parliament of Northern Ireland, it produced a large majority for the Ulster Unionist Party.

Results[edit]

Northern Ireland General Election 1938
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  UUP 43 39 3 0 + 3 75 56.8 187,684 +13.3
  Progressive Unionist 10 0 0 0 0 12.4 41,028 N/A
  Ind. Unionist Association 6 1 1 0 + 1 1.9 8.6 28,459 N/A
  Independent Unionist 5 2 1 2 - 1 3.8 6.8 22,354 -14.5
  Labour (NI) 7 1 1 2 - 1 1.9 5.7 18,775 -2.8
  Nationalist 9 8 0 1 - 1 15.4 4.9 16,167 -2.8
  Independent 3 0 0 0 0 2.2 7,482 +2.0
  Independent Labour 1 1 1 0 + 1 1.9 1.7 5,480 N/A
  Independent Progressive Unionist 1 0 0 0 0 0.9 2,926 N/A

Electorate: 825,101 (464,860 in contested seats); Turnout: 71.1% (330,355).

Votes summary[edit]

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
  
56.81%
Progressive Unionist
  
12.42%
Nationalist Party
  
4.89%
Independent Unionist
  
6.77%
Labour
  
5.68%
Independent Unionist Association
  
8.61%
Independent Labour
  
1.66%
Independent Progressive Unionist
  
0.89%
Independent
  
2.26%

Seats summary[edit]

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
  
75%
Nationalist Party
  
15.38%
Independent Unionist
  
3.85%
Labour
  
1.92%
Independent Unionist Association
  
1.92%
Independent Labour
  
1.92%

References[edit]