Queen's University of Belfast (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Queen's University of Belfast
Former University constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
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Queen's University of Belfast shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created 1921
Abolished 1969
Election method Single transferable vote

Queen's University of Belfast was a university constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland from 1921 until 1969. It returned four MPs, using the single transferable vote method of proportional representation. In 1969 the constituency was abolished under reforms carried out by the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was not a physical area but was a university constituency, elected by the graduates of the Queen's University of Belfast.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Member Party Member Party Member Party
MPs
(1921)
John Campbell UUP John Hanna Robb UUP Robert James Johnstone UUP Hugh Morrison UUP
MPs
(1929)
Robert Corkey UUP Robert McNeill Independent Unionist
MPs
(1935)
Arthur Brownlow Mitchell UUP
MPs
(1938)
John MacDermott UUP
MPs
(1938)
Howard Stevenson UUP
MPs
(1942)
William Lyle UUP
MPs
(1943)
John W. Renshaw UUP
MPs
(1944)
Herbert Quin UUP
MPs
(1945)
Frederick McSorley Independent Irene Calvert Independent
MPs
1948
Samuel Irwin UUP
MPs
(1949}
Eileen M. Hickey Independent William Lyle UUP
MPs
(1949)
Frederick Lloyd-Dodd UUP
MPs
(1953)
Elizabeth Maconachie UUP
MPs
(1958)
Charles Stewart Independent
MPs
(1961)
Sheelagh Murnaghan Liberal
MPs
(1962)
Ian McClure UUP
MPs
(1966)
Robert Porter UUP

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

1921 General Election: Queen's University of Belfast (4 seats)
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
UUP John Campbell 835 43.4 1 1
UUP John Hanna Robb 368 19.1 3 2
UUP Robert James Johnstone 279 14.5 2 2
UUP Hugh Morrison 243 12.6 4 3
Sinn Féin Sean Dolan 201 10.4 3
Turnout 1,926 76.2 N/A
At the Northern Ireland general election, 1925, John Campbell, Robert James Johnstone, Hugh Morrison and John Hanna Robb were elected unopposed.
1929 General Election: Queen's University of Belfast (4 seats)
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
UUP John Hanna Robb 528 24.9 1 1
UUP Robert Corkey 510 24.0 2 1
Independent Unionist Robert McNeill 441 20.8 3 1
UUP Robert James Johnstone 340 16.0 4 3
UUP Arthur Brownlow Mitchell 302 14.2 3
Turnout 2,121 63.8 N/A

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

1933 General Election: Queen's University of Belfast (4 seats)
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
UUP Robert James Johnstone 695 29.5 1 1
UUP Robert Corkey 512 21.7 2 1
UUP John Hanna Robb 451 19.1 3 2
Independent Unionist Robert McNeill 368 15.6 4 2
Independent Frederick McSorley 331 14.0 2
Turnout 2,357 62.0 - 1.8
At the Queen's University of Belfast by-election, 1935, Arthur Brownlow Mitchell was elected unopposed.
1938 General Election: Queen's University of Belfast (4 seats)
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
UUP Robert Corkey 608 24.8 1 1
UUP Robert James Johnstone 600 24.5 2 1
UUP Arthur Brownlow Mitchell 369 14.7 3 5
Independent Frederick McSorley 359 5
Independent Unionist S. Sims 259 10.6 3
UUP John MacDermott 253 10.3 4 5
Turnout 2,448 61.1 - 0.9
At the Queen's University of Belfast by-election, 1938, Howard Stevenson was elected unopposed.

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

At the Queen's University of Belfast by-election, 1942, William Lyle was elected unopposed.
At the Queen's University of Belfast by-election, 1943, John W. Renshaw was elected unopposed.
Queen's University of Belfast by-election, 1944
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Herbert Quin 1,178 53.6 N/A
Independent Irene Calvert 1,020 46.4 N/A
Majority 158 71.9 N/A
Turnout 2,198 46.7 - 14.4
UUP hold Swing N/A
1945 General Election: Queen's University of Belfast (4 seats)
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Frederick McSorley 649 21.6 1 1
UUP Howard Stevenson 580 19.3 2 1
Independent Irene Calvert 570 18.9 3 1
UUP Herbert Quin 535 17.8 4 3
UUP E. B. Wallace 286 9.5 3
UUP William Lyle 279 9.3 3
Independent Unionist S. Sims 109 3.6 2
Turnout 3,008 59.1 - 2.0
Queen's University of Belfast by-election, 1948
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Samuel Irwin 2,735 70.8 N/A
Independent Eileen M. Hickey 1,126 29.2 N/A
Majority 1,609 41.7 N/A
Turnout 3,861 57.4 - 1.7
UUP hold Swing N/A
1949 General Election: Queen's University of Belfast (4 seats)
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
UUP Samuel Irwin 1,662 31.7 1 1
Independent Eileen M. Hickey 1,073 20.5 2 1
Independent Irene Calvert 955 18.2 3 3
UUP E. B. Wallace 620 11.8 3
UUP William Lyle 588 11.2 4 3
UUP Howard Stevenson 339 6.5 2
Turnout 5,237 75.0 + 15.9
Queen's University of Belfast by-election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Frederick Lloyd-Dodd 2,100 54.0 N/A
Independent Unionist N. S. Dickson 1,312 33.7 N/A
Independent E. Reid 479 12.3 N/A
Majority 749 19.2 N/A
Turnout 3,891 54.2 - 20.8
UUP hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

1953 General Election: Queen's University of Belfast (4 seats)
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
UUP Samuel Irwin 1,840 32.9 1 1
Independent Eileen M. Hickey 1,206 21.6 2 1
UUP Elizabeth Maconachie 940 16.8 4 2
UUP Frederick Lloyd-Dodd 706 12.6 3 2
Independent R. Appleton 539 9.6 2
Labour (NI) Sam Napier 297 5.3 2
Turnout 5,586 63.7 - 11.3
1958 General Election: Queen's University of Belfast (4 seats)
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
UUP Samuel Irwin 1,640 28.3 1 1
Independent Charles Stewart 1,218 21.0 2 1
UUP Elizabeth Maconachie 1,131 19.5 3 2
Liberal Albert McElroy 759 13.1 4
UUP Frederick Lloyd-Dodd 706 12.2 4 4
Labour (NI) S. J. Watt 345 5.9 2
Turnout 5,799 52.9 - 10.8

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

Queen's University of Belfast by-election, 1961
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sheelagh Murnaghan 2,622 52.5 N/A
UUP Samuel Rodgers 2,370 47.5 N/A
Majority 252 5.0 N/A
Turnout 4,992 45.1 - 7.8
Liberal gain from UUP Swing N/A
1962 General Election: Queen's University of Belfast (4 seats)
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
UUP Ian McClure 2,040 30.0 1 1
Liberal Sheelagh Murnaghan 1,698 24.9 2 1
UUP Elizabeth Maconachie 1,252 18.4 3 2
Independent Charles Stewart 1,220 17.9 4 3
UUP H. R. Brown 597 8.8 3
Turnout 6,807 53.8 + 0.9
At the Northern Ireland general election, 1965, Harold McClure, Elizabeth Maconachie, Sheelagh Murnaghan and Charles Stewart were elected unopposed.
Queen's University of Belfast by-election, 1966
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Robert Porter 3,717 55.6 N/A
Liberal Albert McElroy 2,968 44.4 N/A
Majority 749 11.2 N/A
Turnout 6,685 48.7 N/A
UUP gain from Independent Swing N/A

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