Belfast Bloomfield (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°35′35″N 5°53′17″W / 54.593°N 5.888°W / 54.593; -5.888

Belfast Bloomfield
Former Borough Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
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Belfast shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created 1929
Abolished 1972
Election method First past the post

Belfast Bloomfield was a constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.

Boundaries[edit]

Belfast Bloomfield was a borough constituency comprising part of eastern Belfast. It was created in 1929 when the House of Commons (Method of Voting and Redistribution of Seats) Act (Northern Ireland) 1929 introduced first past the post elections throughout Northern Ireland.

Belfast Bloomfield was created by the division of Belfast East into four new constituencies. It survived unchanged, returning one member of Parliament, until the Parliament of Northern Ireland was temporarily suspended in 1972, and then formally abolished in 1973.[1]

Politics[edit]

The constituency was the most staunchly unionist in East Belfast. It was held continuously by Ulster Unionist Party candidates, although labour movement candidates sometimes polled well.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1929 Herbert Dixon, 1st Baron Glentoran Ulster Unionist Party
1950(b) Daniel Dixon, 2nd Baron Glentoran Ulster Unionist Party
1961(b) Walter Scott Ulster Unionist Party
1973 Constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

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At the 1929 and 1933 general elections, Herbert Dixon was elected unopposed.[2]

General Election 1938: Belfast Bloomfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Herbert Dixon 9,446 70.3 N/A
Progressive Unionist Phoebe Moody 3,988 29.7 N/A
Majority 5,458 40.6 N/A
Turnout 68.0 N/A
UUP hold Swing
General Election 1945: Belfast Bloomfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Herbert Dixon, 1st Baron Glentoran 9,995 63.3 -7.0
Communist (NI) William McCullough 5,802 36.7 N/A
Majority 4,193 26.6 -14.0
Turnout 73.8 +5.8
UUP hold Swing
General Election 1949: Belfast Bloomfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Herbert Dixon, 1st Baron Glentoran 14,058 87.5 +12.2
NI Labour Tom Boyd 1,386 8.6 N/A
Communist (NI) William McCullough 623 3.9 -32.8
Majority 12,672 78.9 +52.7
Turnout 76.0 +2.2
UUP hold Swing
Belfast Bloomfield by-election, 1950[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Daniel Dixon, 2nd Baron Glentoran 7,609 77.3 -10.2
NI Labour Robert S. Thompson 2,232 22.7 8.6 +14.1
Majority 5,377 54.6 -26.3
Turnout 44.7 -31.3
UUP hold Swing
General Election 1953: Belfast Bloomfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Daniel Dixon, 2nd Baron Glentoran 9,004 88.2 +0.7
Communist (NI) Andy Barr 1,207 11.8 +7.9
Majority 7,797 76.4 -2.5
Turnout 46.4 +29.6
UUP hold Swing
General Election 1958: Belfast Bloomfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Daniel Dixon, 2nd Baron Glentoran 7,124 52.3 -35.9
NI Labour Edward Bell 4,010 29.4 N/A
Independent Unionist Edward Courtney 2,492 18.3 -11.1
Majority 3,114 22.9 -53.5
Turnout 63.4 +17.0
UUP hold Swing
Belfast Bloomfield by-election, 1961[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Walter Scott 6,212 61.5 +9.2
NI Labour Robert McFarland Bingham 3,885 38.5 +9.1
Majority 2,237 23.0 +0.1
Turnout 45.9 -17.5
UUP hold Swing
General Election 1962: Belfast Bloomfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Walter Scott 7,921 56.7 +4.4
NI Labour Robert McFarland Bingham 6,053 43.3 +13.9
Majority 1,868 13.4 -9.5
Turnout 62.8 -0.6
UUP hold Swing
General Election 1965: Belfast Bloomfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Walter Scott 7,755 63.5 +6.8
NI Labour Robert Caldwell 4,154 34.0 -9.3
Communist (NI) Andy Barr 308 2.5 N/A
Majority 3,601 29.5 +16.1
Turnout 55.7 -5.1
UUP hold Swing
General Election 1969: Belfast Bloomfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Walter Scott 9,084 61.2 -2.3
Protestant Unionist William Spence 3,568 24.0 N/A
NI Labour Robert Caldwell 2,196 14.8 -19.2
Majority 5,516 37.2 +7.7
Turnout 70.2 +14.5
UUP hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Northern Ireland House of Commons, 1921-1972, Northern Ireland Elections
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Northern Ireland Parliamentary Elections Results: Boroughs: Belfast