Belfast West (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°35′42″N 5°57′50″W / 54.595°N 5.964°W / 54.595; -5.964

Belfast West
Former Borough Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Belfast West (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency).svg
Belfast West shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created 1921
Abolished 1929
Election method Single transferable vote

Belfast West was a borough constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland from 1921 to 1929. It returned four MPs, using the single transferable vote method of proportional representation.

Boundaries[edit]

Belfast West included the Court, Falls, St Anne's, St George's, Smithfield and Woodvale wards of the County Borough of Belfast. In 1929, the constituency was divided into the Belfast Central, Belfast Falls, Belfast St Anne's and Belfast Woodvale constituencies.[1]

Politics[edit]

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Belfast West was a predominantly Unionist area with some pockets of Nationalist strength, electing three Unionists and one Nationalist in 1921 and one Unionists, one Independent Unionist, one Nationalist and one Labour Party member in 1925.

Election results[edit]

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24 May 1921 General Election: Belfast West (4 seats)
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
UUP Thomas Henry Burn 24.88 13,298      
UUP Robert John Lynn 17.43 9,315 11,646    
UUP William Twaddell 19.30 10,316 10,558 11,509  
Nationalist Joseph Devlin 19.87 10,621 10,628 10,629 10,632
Sinn Féin Denis McCullough 11.73 6,270 6,272 6,274 6,274
Sinn Féin Seán MacEntee 5.53 2,954 2,954 2,955 2,955
Belfast Labour John Hanna 0.69 367 380 380 383
Nationalist Richard Byrne 0.58 311 323 323 323
Electorate: 57,914   Valid: 53,452   Quota: 10,691   Turnout: 92.3%

Devlin did not take his seat.

Twaddell was assassinated on 22 May 1922:

Belfast West by-election, 1923
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Unionist Philip James Woods 25,761 55.3
UUP Joseph Davison 19,360 41.6
Majority 7,859
Turnout 46,597 69.3 -23.0
Independent Unionist gain from UUP Swing
1925 General Election: Belfast West (4 seats)
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Nationalist Joseph Devlin 35.48 17,558          
Independent Unionist Philip James Woods 19.40 9,599 11,071        
UUP Robert John Lynn 16.92 8,371 8,507 8,599 10,437    
NI Labour Billy McMullen 5.80 2,869 7,237 7,795 8,002 8,015 10,345
UUP Thomas Henry Burn 9.80 4,808 4,878 4,921 5,989 6,509 6,515
Republican J. McConville 6.78 3,146 4,456 4,511 4,545 4,552 eliminated
UUP R. Dickson 6.33 3,133 3,438 3,623 eliminated    
Electorate: 65,550   Valid: 49,484   Quota: 9,897   Turnout: 75.5%

Devlin did not take his seat.

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