1973 Northern Ireland Assembly election
All 78 seats to the Northern Ireland Assembly
40 seats were needed for a majority
Percentage of seats gained by each of the party.
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The 1973 elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly took place following the publication of the British government's white paper Northern Ireland Constitutional Proposals which proposed a 78-member Northern Ireland Assembly, elected by proportional representation.
A cross-community coalition of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) under Brian Faulkner, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) and the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland was agreed in November, and following the Sunningdale Agreement, a Power Sharing Executive was established from 1 January 1974. After opposition from within the UUP and the Ulster Workers Council Strike, the executive and assembly collapsed in May 1974.
|UUP (Pro)||SDLP||DUP||APNI||UUP (Anti)||Vanguard|
The election results were:
|Party||Votes||Vote %||Seats||Seats %|
|UUP (Pro-White Paper)||182,696||25.3||24||30.8|
|UUP (Anti-White Paper)||76,094||10.5||7||9.0|
|West Belfast Loyalist Coalition||16,869||2.3||3||3.8|
|Independent pro-White Paper||2,008||0.3||0||—|
- All parties listed.
- 24 Ulster Unionist AMs were supportive of the White Paper, while 7 UUP AMs were against it.