Queen's University of Belfast (UK Parliament constituency)

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Queen's University, Belfast
Former University constituency
for the House of Commons
19181950
Number of members One

Queen's University of Belfast was a university constituency represented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom Parliament from 1918 until 1950.

It returned one Member of Parliament (MP), elected by the first-past-the-post voting system.

Boundaries[edit]

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

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party
1918 Sir William Whitla Ulster Unionist
1923 Thomas Sinclair Ulster Unionist
1940 by-election Prof. Douglas Lloyd Savory Ulster Unionist
1950 constituency abolished

Politics and History of the constituency[edit]

University constituencies had existed in the United Kingdom Parliament and its predecessors since 1603 and in 1918 Queen's was enfranchised as such. When the Parliament of Northern Ireland was established, the same franchise was preserved - see Queen's University of Belfast (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency).

As with most other Northern Ireland seats in this period, the electorate was heavily inclined towards the Ulster Unionists, with no contests for the Westminster seat taking place at all in the interwar years.

Under the Representation of the People Act 1948, university constituencies at Westminster were abolished immediately prior to the United Kingdom general election, 1950.

Election results[edit]

1918 general election: Queen's University of Belfast
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Sir William Whitla 1,487 92.65 N/A
Sinn Féin Sean B. Dolan 118 7.35 N/A
Majority 1,369 85.30 N/A
Turnout 1,605 78.72 N/A

[2]

General Election 1922: Queen's University of Belfast
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Sir William Whitla Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing

[3] [4]

General Election 1923: Queen's University of Belfast
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Thomas Sinclair Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing

[3][5]

General Election 1924: Queen's University of Belfast
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Thomas Sinclair Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing

[3][5]

General Election 1929: Queen's University of Belfast
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Thomas Sinclair Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing

[3][6]

General Election 1931: Queen's University of Belfast
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Thomas Sinclair Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing

[3][7]

General Election 1935: Queen's University of Belfast
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Thomas Sinclair Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing

[3][8]

Resignation of Sinclair

Queen's University of Belfast by-election, 2 November 1940
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Professor Douglas Lloyd Savory Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing

[3][8]

1945 general election: Queen's University of Belfast
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Professor Douglas Lloyd Savory 1,923 72.5 N/A
Independent Thomas Cusack 728 27.5 N/A
Majority 1,195 45.0 N/A
Turnout 2,651 51.6 N/A
UUP hold Swing

[3][9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "Q" [self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Walker, Brian M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1801–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0-901714-12-7. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 675. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  4. ^ Walker, Brian M., ed. (1992). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–1992. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. p. 15. ISBN 0-901714-96-8. 
  5. ^ a b Walker, Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–1992, page 16
  6. ^ Walker, Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–1992, page 17
  7. ^ Walker, Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–1992, page 18
  8. ^ a b Walker, Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–1992, page 19
  9. ^ Walker, Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–1992, page 20