Belfast East by-election, 1959

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The Belfast East by-election of 19 March 1959 was held after the elevation to the Peerage of Ulster Unionist Party MP (MP) Alan McKibbin.

The seat was safe, having been won by Unionists at the United Kingdom general election, 1955 by nearly 14,000 votes[1]

Result of the previous general election[edit]

General Election 1955: Belfast East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Alan McKibbin 26,938 62.45
NI Labour Tom Boyd 13,041 30.23
Sinn Féin Liam Mulcahy 3,156 7.32
Majority 13,897 32.22 -

Result of the by-election[edit]

By-election 1959: Belfast East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Stanley McMaster 19,524 57.78 -4.67
NI Labour James Gardner 14,264 42.22 +11.99
Majority 5,260 15.56 -16.66
UUP hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] PoliticsResources.net
  2. ^ "1959 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2015-08-15.