Northern Ireland general election, 1949

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Northern Ireland general election, 1949
Northern Ireland
1945 ←
members
19 February 1949
→ 1953
members

All 52 seats to the Northern Ireland House of Commons
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Basil Brooke James McSparran None
Party UUP Nationalist Labour
Leader since 1 May 1943 15 November 1945 N/A
Leader's seat Lisnaskea Mourne None
Last election 33 seats (50.4%) 9 seats (9.1%) 2 seats (18.5%)
Seats won 37 9 0
Seat change Increase4 Steady 0 Decrease2
Popular vote 237,411 101,445 26,831
Percentage 62.7% 26.8% 7.1%
Swing Increase 12.3% Increase 17.6% Decrease 11.4%

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Election results by constituency.

Prime Minister before election

Basil Brooke
UUP

Elected Prime Minister

Basil Brooke
UUP

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The Northern Ireland general election, 1949 was held on 19 February 1949. The election became known as the Chapel-gate election because collections were held at churches in the Republic of Ireland to support the Nationalist Party campaign.

The election was held just after the Republic of Ireland's declaration of a republic. The Unionists were able to use their majority in the Parliament of Northern Ireland to schedule the election at a time when many Protestants felt uneasy about development south of the border and as a result might be more likely to vote Unionist than for Labour candidates. This appears to have been bourne out in the collapse of the Labour vote.

Results[edit]

Northern Ireland General Election 1949
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  UUP 46 37 4 0 + 4 71.2 62.7 237,411 +12.3
  Nationalist 17 9 0 1 - 1 17.3 26.8 101,445 +17.6
  Labour 9 0 0 2 - 2 7.1 26,831 -11.4
  Independent Labour 4 1 1 1 0 1.9 2.1 7,970 -0.7
  Independent Unionist 3 2 0 0 0 3.8 0.6 2,150 -4.4
  Independent 2 2 0 0 0 3.8 0.5 2,028 +0.2
  Communist (NI) 1 0 0 0 0 0.2 623 -2.6
  Socialist Republican 1 1 0 0 0 1.9 0.0 0 -1.5

All parties shown. The only Socialist Republican Party candidate was elected unopposed. Electorate 846,719 (477,354 in contested seats); Turnout 79.3% (378,458).

Votes summary[edit]

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
  
62.73%
Nationalist Party
  
26.8%
Independent Unionist
  
0.57%
Labour
  
7.1%
Independent Labour
  
2.11%
Communist
  
0.16%
Independent
  
0.54%

Seats summary[edit]

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
  
71.15%
Nationalist Party
  
17.31%
Independent Unionist
  
3.85%
Independent Labour
  
1.92%
Socialist Republican
  
1.92%
Independent
  
3.85%

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