Belfast Victoria (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)
|Former Borough Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
|Election method||First past the post|
Belfast Victoria was a constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.
Belfast Victoria 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 Victoria 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.
The seat contained the eastern parts of the former Victoria ward. It covered an area equivalent to the current wards of Sydenham, Belmont and Ballyhackamore together with parts of the Island and Stormont wards.
The seat was held in the early years by Ulster Unionist Party candidates. However, there was always strong support for labour movement candidates, with David Bleakley holding the seat for seven years.
Members of Parliament
|1929||Sir Dawson Bates||Ulster Unionist Party|
|1958||David Bleakley||Northern Ireland Labour Party|
|1965||Roy Bradford||Ulster Unionist Party†|
- †Bradford was elected in 1969 as an "O'Neill Unionist" supporting the reform proposals of the then Prime Minister.
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politics and government of
Northern Ireland 1921–72
|Local Option||James Price||3,858||39.0||N/A|
|UUP gain from new seat||Swing|
|Progressive Unionist||Joseph McMaster||3,434||24.5|
|NI Labour||Tom Boyd||2,268||16.2|
|NI Labour||George Matthews||4,342||30.8|
|Commonwealth Labour||Norman Black||2,133||15.1|
|NI Labour||David Bleakley||2,423||17.6|
|NI Labour||David Bleakley||5,536||43.5|
|NI Labour||David Bleakley||7,487||50.5|
|NI Labour gain from UUP||Swing|
|NI Labour||David Bleakley||7,882||54.2|
|NI Labour hold||Swing|
|NI Labour||David Bleakley||6,469||48.4|
|UUP gain from NI Labour||Swing|
|NI Labour||John Coulthard||2,972||20.2|
|Protestant Unionist||Ronald Bunting||2,489||16.|