South Londonderry (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°50′17″N 6°53′49″W / 54.838°N 6.897°W / 54.838; -6.897

South Londonderry
Former County constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
South Londonderry (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency).svg
South Londonderry shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created 1929
Abolished 1973
Election method First past the post

The South Londonderry constituency for the Parliament of Northern Ireland was created in 1929 and continued until the abolition of the Parliament in 1973. All members for the constituency were from the Chichester-Clark family: the first was both the son-in-law of the second and the father of the third.

Dehra Parker had been elected (as Dehra Chichester) for County Londonderry in the 1921 and 1925 elections under the single transferable vote; she became a Dame before the 1953 election. Her grandson James Dawson Chichester-Clark was Prime Minister of Northern Ireland from 1969–1971 and after his resignation was created Baron Moyola in 1971. All three elected members were not only from the same party, but were close relations, as were the penultimate member of the South Londonderry constituency for the Westminster parliament in 1922 and the Westminster MP for Londonderry from 1955 to 1972.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1929 James Lenox-Conyngham Chichester-Clark Ulster Unionist
1933 Dehra Parker
1933
1938
1945
1949
1953
1958
1960 James Chichester-Clark
1962
1965
1969
1973 Constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

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The elections in this constituency took place using the first past the post electoral system.

Northern Ireland general election, 1929: South Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP James Lenox-Conyngham Chichester-Clark Unopposed N/A N/A

Following the death of Chichester-Clark:

By-election 15 March 1933: South Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Dehra Parker Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
Northern Ireland general election, 1933: South Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Dehra Parker Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
Northern Ireland general election, 1938: South Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Dehra Parker Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
Northern Ireland general election, 1945: South Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Dehra Parker Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
Northern Ireland general election, 1949: South Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Dehra Parker 9,193 60.9 N/A
Nationalist T. B. Agnew 5,909 39.1 N/A
Majority 3,284 21.8 N/A
Turnout 15,102 86.2 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
Northern Ireland general election, 1953: South Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Dehra Parker Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
Northern Ireland general election, 1958: South Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Dehra Parker Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A

Following the resignation of Parker:

By-election 9 July 1960: South Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP James Dawson Chichester-Clark Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
Northern Ireland general election, 1962: South Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP James Dawson Chichester-Clark Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
Northern Ireland general election, 1965: South Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP James Dawson Chichester-Clark Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
Northern Ireland general election, 1969: South Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP James Dawson Chichester-Clark 9,195 61.3 N/A
People's Democracy Bernadette Devlin 5,812 38.7 N/A
Majority 3,383 22.6 N/A
Turnout 15,007 81.6 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A

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