Larne (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°52′23″N 5°54′32″W / 54.873°N 5.909°W / 54.873; -5.909

Larne
Former County Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Larne (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency).svg
Larne shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created 1929
Abolished 1973
Election method First past the post

Larne 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, Ballymena and Larne. The division also included the whole of the urban districts of Larne and Whitehead.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1929 George Boyle Hanna Ulster Unionist
1937 Harold Claude Robinson Ulster Unionist
1945 Walter William Buchanan Topping Ulster Unionist
1960 William Craig Ulster Unionist
1973 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

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Northern Ireland 1921–72

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

General Election 22 May 1929: Antrim Larne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP George Boyle Hanna 6,854 64.89 N/A
Local Option James Pringle 3,709 35.11 N/A
Majority 3,145 29.77 N/A
Turnout 17,154 61.58 N/A
UUP gain from new seat Swing N/A
General Election 30 November 1933: Antrim Larne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP George Boyle Hanna Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
  • Appointment of Hanna as a County Court Judge
By-Election 27 May 1937: Antrim Larne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Harold Claude Robinson 6,545 50.94 N/A
Independent Unionist Andrew Ferris 6,303 49.06 N/A
Majority 242 1.88 N/A
Turnout 18,320 70.13 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 9 February 1938: Antrim Larne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Harold Claude Robinson Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
  • Death of Robinson
By-Election 19 April 1945: Antrim Larne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Walter Topping 6,299 75.46 N/A
NI Labour Vivian Simpson 2,049 24.54 N/A
Majority 4,250 50.91 N/A
Turnout 18,889 44.20 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 14 June 1945: Antrim Larne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Walter Topping 8,983 75.30 -0.16
NI Labour Vivian Simpson 2,947 24.70 +0.16
Majority 6,036 50.60 -0.31
Turnout 19,424 61.42 +17.22
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 10 February 1949: Antrim Larne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Walter Topping Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 22 October 1953: Antrim Larne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Walter Topping Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 20 March 1958: Antrim Larne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Walter Topping Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
  • Appointment of Topping as Recorder of Belfast
Larne by-election, 1960
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP William Craig Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 31 May 1962: Antrim Larne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP William Craig 9,388 74.00 N/A
NI Labour William Cecil Watton 3,298 26.00 N/A
Majority 6,090 48.01 N/A
Turnout 20,514 61.84 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 25 November 1965: Antrim Larne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP William Craig Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 24 February 1969: Antrim Larne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP William Craig 8,550 51.99 N/A
Independent Unionist Hugh Wilson 7,897 48.01 N/A
Majority 653 3.97 N/A
Turnout 20,728 79.35 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]