Mid Londonderry (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°53′20″N 6°58′05″W / 54.889°N 6.968°W / 54.889; -6.968

Mid Londonderry
Former County Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Mid Londonderry (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency).svg
Mid Londonderry shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created 1929
Abolished 1972
Election method First past the post

Mid Londonderry was a county constituency comprising the central part of County Londonderry. 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. It was one of five single-member constituencies replacing the former five-member Londonderry constituency. The constituency survived unchanged, returning one member of Parliament until the Parliament of Northern Ireland was temporarily suspended in 1972, and then formally abolished in 1973.[1]

The constituency was primarily rural and included areas between Coleraine, Limavady, Derry and Magherafelt.[2]

The seat was held until 1969 by Nationalist Party candidates, and was rarely contested.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Source:[3]

Election results[edit]

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At the 1929, 1933 and 1938 Northern Ireland general elections, George Leeke was elected unopposed.

At the 1945 and 1949 Northern Ireland general elections, Eddie McAteer was elected unopposed.

General Election 1953: Mid Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Nationalist Paddy Gormley 4,134 53.8 N/A
Anti-Partition T. B. Agnew 3,550 46.2 N/A
Majority 584 7.6 N/A
Turnout 7,684 48.6 N/A
Nationalist hold Swing

At the 1958, 1962 and 1965 Northern Ireland general elections, Paddy Gormley was elected unopposed.

General Election 1969: Mid Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Nationalist Ivan Cooper 6,056 45.1 N/A
UUP R. W. Shields 4,438 33.0 N/A
Nationalist Paddy Gormley 2,229 16.6 N/A
Republican Labour J. O'Kane 709 5.3 N/A
Majority 1,618 12.1 N/A
Turnout 13,432 81.8 N/A
Independent Nationalist gain from Nationalist Swing
Source:[3]

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