Electoral history of the Ulster Unionist Party

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The Ulster Unionist Party held the majority of Northern Ireland seats in most elections for the Westminster Parliament between 1922 and 2001. Since then its representation has been low or non-existent, having been eclipsed by the Democratic Unionist Party. It always had an absolute majority in the Stormont Parliament (1921–1972); since that Parliament was replaced by the Northern Ireland Assembly it has had a substantial minority representation there. Its share of the vote in Northern Ireland local government elections has tended to diminish, so that there too it is no longer the largest party. Finally, the party has always held one of the three Northern Ireland seats in the European Parliament. Its share of the Northern Ireland vote in the most recent elections to these bodies has been between 10.5% (Westminster 2017) and 16.1% (local government, 2014).

Westminster[edit]

Election House of Commons Share of votes Seats +/-
1922 32nd
10 / 13
Increase 10
1923 33rd
10 / 13
Steady
1924 34th
10 / 13
Steady
1929 35th
9 / 13
Decrease 1
1931 36th
11 / 13
Increase 2
1935 37th
9 / 13
Decrease 2
1945 38th 61.0%
9 / 13
Steady
1950 39th 62.8%
10 / 12
Increase 1
1951 40th 59.4%
9 / 12
Decrease 1
1955 41st 68.5%
10 / 12
Increase 1
1959 42nd 77.2%
12 / 12
Increase 2
1964 43rd 63.2%
12 / 12
Steady
1966 44th 61.8%
9 / 12
Decrease 3
1970 45th 54.3%
8 / 12
1974 (Feb) 46th 32.3%
7 / 12
Decrease 1
1974 (Oct) 47th 36.5%
6 / 12
Decrease 1
1979 48th 36.6%
5 / 12
Decrease 1
1983 49th 34.0%
11 / 17
Increase 6
1987 50th 37.8%
9 / 17
Decrease 2
1992 51st 34.5%
9 / 17
Steady
1997 52nd 32.7%
10 / 18
Increase 1
2001 53rd 26.7%
6 / 18
Decrease 2
2005 54th 17.7%
1 / 18
Decrease 5
2010 55th 15.2%
0 / 18
Decrease 1
2015 56th 16.0%
2 / 18
Increase 2
2017 57th 10.5%
0 / 18
Decrease 2

Stormont[edit]

Election Body First Preference Vote Vote % Seats
1921 1st Parliament 343,347 66.9%
40 / 52
1925 2nd Parliament 211,662 55.0%
32 / 52
1929 3rd Parliament 148,579 50.8%
37 / 52
1933 4th Parliament 73,791 43.5%
36 / 52
1938 5th Parliament 187,684 56.8%
39 / 52
1945 6th Parliament 180,342 50.4%
33 / 52
1949 7th Parliament 237,411 62.7%
37 / 52
1953 8th Parliament 125,379 48.6%
38 / 52
1958 9th Parliament 106,177 44.0%
37 / 52
1962 10th Parliament 147,629 48.8%
34 / 52
1965 11th Parliament 191,896 59.1%
36 / 52
1969 12th Parliament 269,501 48.2%
36 / 52
1973 1973 Assembly 258,790 35.8%
31 / 78
1975 Constitutional Convention 167,214 25.4%
19 / 78
1982 1982 Assembly 188,277 29.7%
26 / 78
1996 Forum 181,829 24.2%
30 / 110
1998 1st Assembly 172,225 21.3%
28 / 108
2003 2nd Assembly 156,931 22.7%
27 / 108
2007 3rd Assembly 103,145 14.9%
18 / 108
2011 4th Assembly 87,531 13.2%
16 / 108
2016 5th Assembly 87,302 12.6%
16 / 108

Local government[edit]

Election First Preference Vote Vote % Seats
1973 255,187 17.0%
194 / 517
1977 166,971 30.0%
176 / 526
1981 175,965 26.4%
151 / 526
1985 188,497 29.5%
189 / 565
1989 193,064 31.3%
194 / 565
1993 184,082 29.0%
197 / 582
1997 175,036 28.0%
185 / 575
2001 181,336 23.0%
154 / 582
2005 126,317 18.0%
115 / 582
2011 100,643 15.2%
99 / 583
2014 101,385 16.1%
88 / 462

European Parliament[edit]

Election First Preference Vote Vote % Seats
1979 125,169 21.9%
1 / 3
1984 147,169 21.5%
1 / 3
1989 118,785 22.0%
1 / 3
1994 133,459 22.8%
1 / 3
1999 119,507 17.6%
1 / 3
2004 91,164 16.6%
1 / 3
2009 82,892 17.0%
1 / 3
2014 83,438 13.3%
1 / 3