Northern Ireland general election, 1965

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Northern Ireland general election, 1965
Northern Ireland
1962 ←
members
25 November 1965
→ 1969
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 Terence O'Neill Eddie McAteer Tom Boyd
Party UUP Nationalist Labour (NI)
Leader since 25 March 1963 2 June 1964 1958
Leader's seat Bannside Foyle Belfast Pottinger
Last election 34 seats (48.8%) 9 seats (15.1%) 4 seats (25.4%)
Seats won 36 9 2
Seat change Increase 2 Steady 0 Decrease2
Popular vote 191,896 26,748 66,323
Percentage 59.1% 8.2% 20.4%
Swing Increase 10.6% Decrease 6.9% Decrease 12.3%

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Election results by constituency.

Prime Minister before election

Terence O'Neill
UUP

Elected Prime Minister

Terence O'Neill
UUP

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This article is part of a series on the
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The Northern Ireland general election, 1965 was held on 25 November 1965. Like all previous elections to the Parliament of Northern Ireland, it produced a large majority for the Ulster Unionist Party. They increased their vote share largely due to a reduction in the number of uncontested seats, but also picked up two additional seats. Similarly, the Nationalist vote share decreased largely due to more of the seats in which they stood candidates being contested.

Results[edit]

Northern Ireland General Election 1965
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  UUP 41 36 2 0 + 2 69.2 59.1 191,896 +10.3
  Labour (NI) 17 2 0 2 - 2 3.8 20.4 66,323 -12.3
  Nationalist 9 9 0 0 0 17.3 8.2 26,748 -6.9
  National Democrats 1 1 1 0 + 1 1.9 4.7 15,206 N/A
  Liberal 4 1 0 0 0 1.9 3.9 12,618 +0.3
  Independent Labour 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.4 4,371 -1.7
  Republican Labour 2 2 1 0 + 1 3.8 1.0 3,326 -1.5
  New Ireland Movement 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 3,111 N/A
  Independent Republican 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 682 N/A
  Communist (NI) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 308 N/A
  Independent 1 1 0 0 0 1.9 0.0 0 -0.4

All parties shown. The only independent candidate was elected unopposed. Electorate: 907,667 (563,252 in contested seats); Turnout: 57.6% (324,589).

Votes summary[edit]

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
  
59.12%
Labour
  
20.43%
Nationalist
  
8.24%
National Democratic
  
4.68%
Ulster Liberal
  
3.89%
Independent Labour
  
1.35%
Republican Labour
  
1.02%
New Ireland Movement
  
0.96%
Independent Republican
  
0.21%
Communist
  
0.09%

Seats summary[edit]

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
  
69.23%
Labour
  
3.85%
Nationalist
  
17.31%
National Democratic
  
1.92%
Ulster Liberal
  
3.89%
Republican Labour
  
1.92%
Independent
  
1.92%

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