Carrick (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Carrick
Former County Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Carrick (Northern Ireland Parliament constituencies).svg
Carrick shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created1929
Abolished1973
Election methodFirst past the post

Carrick was a single-member county constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.

Boundaries and Boundary Changes[edit]

This was a division of County Antrim. Before 1929 it was part of the seven-member Antrim constituency. The constituency sent one MP to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland from 1929 until the Parliament was temporarily suspended in 1972, and then formally abolished in 1973.

In terms of the then local government areas the constituency in 1929 comprised parts of the rural districts of Antrim, Belfast and Larne. The division also included the whole of the urban districts of Ballyclare and Carrickfergus.

After boundary changes in 1969, the constituency included parts of the rural districts of Antrim and Larne, the borough of Carrickfergus, the urban district of Ballyclare and part of the urban district of Carrickfergus.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1929 John Fawcett Gordon Ulster Unionist Party
1933
1943 John Dermot Campbell
1945 Lancelot Curran
1945
1949
1950 Alexander Hunter
1953
1958
1962
1965 Austin Ardill
1969 Anne Dickson
1973 Constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Northern Ireland 1921–1972

The parliamentary representatives of the division were elected using the first past the post system.

General Election 22 May 1929: Antrim Carrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP John Fawcett Gordon Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP gain from new seat Swing N/A
General Election 30 November 1933: Antrim Carrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP John Fawcett Gordon Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 9 February 1938: Antrim Carrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP John Fawcett Gordon Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
  • Resignation of Gordon
By-Election 19 April 1943: Antrim Carrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP John Dermot Campbell 5,612 64.30 N/A
NI Labour William Calwell 3,116 35.70 N/A
Majority 2,496 28.60 N/A
Turnout 21,716 40.19 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
  • Death of Campbell
By-Election 19 April 1945: Antrim Carrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Lancelot Curran 6,905 71.58 N/A
NI Labour William Calwell 2,741 28.42 N/A
Majority 4,164 43.17 N/A
Turnout 21,069 45.78 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 14 June 1945: Antrim Carrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Lancelot Curran 9,387 70.26 N/A
NI Labour William Calwell 3,973 29.74 N/A
Majority 5,414 40.52 N/A
Turnout 19,811 67.44 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 10 February 1949: Antrim Carrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Lancelot Curran Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
  • Resignation of Curran on appointment as a Justice of the High Court
By-Election 20 January 1950: Antrim Carrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Alexander Hunter Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 22 October 1953: Antrim Carrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Alexander Hunter 9,726 66.73 N/A
NI Labour Vivian Simpson 4,849 33.27 N/A
Majority 4,877 33.46 N/A
Turnout 26,063 55.92 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 20 March 1958: Antrim Carrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Alexander Hunter Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 31 May 1962: Antrim Carrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Alexander Hunter 10,397 55.71 N/A
NI Labour Bob Kidd 8,265 44.29 N/A
Majority 2,132 11.42 N/A
Turnout 37,059 50.36 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 25 November 1965: Antrim Carrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Austin Ardill 12,129 66.37 N/A
NI Labour Bob Kidd 6,146 33.63 N/A
Majority 5,983 32.74 N/A
Turnout 40,031 45.65 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
  • Boundary changes
General Election 24 February 1969: Antrim Carrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Anne Dickson 9,529 64.49 N/A
Independent Unionist James Craig 5,246 35.51 N/A
Majority 4,283 28.99 N/A
Turnout 22,905 64.51 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
  • Parliament prorogued 30 March 1972 and abolished 18 July 1973

References[edit]

  • Northern Ireland Parliamentary Election Results 1921–1972, compiled and edited by Sydney Elliott (Political Reference Publications 1973)

External source[edit]