Mid Tyrone (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)
|Former County Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Mid Tyrone shown within Northern Ireland
|Election method||First past the post|
Mid Tyrone was a constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.
Mid Tyrone was a county constituency comprising the central part of County Tyrone. It was created 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. East Tyrone was created by the division of Fermanagh and Tyrone into eight new constituencies, of which five were in County Tyrone. 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.
County Tyrone had five Stormont MPs from 1929 until 1972. The seats in the North and South of the county were Unionist, the constituency covering the East could be considered marginal, whilst those in the West and centre of the county were nationalist. Unionists contested the constituency three times with varying degrees of success. At the first attempt in 1949, the Nationalist outpolled them two to one; in 1958 on a relatively low turn-out they came through the middle to win the seat with 48.7% of the vote. Defending the seat in 1962, this fell back to 38.6% (although they overall unionist vote rose by 8), and the then Nationalist Tom Gormley was elected.
The remainder of contested elections involved candidates of different nationalist persuasions.
Members of Parliament
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At the 1948 by-election, Edward McCullagh was elected unopposed.
|UUP||F. G. Patterson||4,018||33.1||N/A|
|Anti-Partition gain from Nationalist||Swing||N/A|
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|People's Progressive Party||P. J. McDonald||2,992||36.8||N/A|