Northern Ireland general election, 1945

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Northern Ireland general election, 1945
Northern Ireland
← 1938 14 June 1945 1949 →

All 52 seats to the Northern Ireland House of Commons
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
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Leader Basil Brooke T. J. Campbell
Party UUP Nationalist
Leader since 1 May 1943 18 January 1934
Leader's seat Lisnaskea Belfast Central
Last election 39 seats, 56.8% 8 seats, 4.9%
Seats won 33 10
Seat change Decrease6 Increase2
Popular vote 180,342 32,546
Percentage 50.4% 9.1%
Swing Decrease6.4% Increase4.2%

  Third party Fourth party
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Leader Paddy Agnew None
Party NI Labour Ind. Unionists
Leader since 1938
Leader's seat South Armagh (defeated)
Last election 1 seat, 5.7% 2 seats, 6.8%
Seats won 2 2
Seat change Increase1 Steady
Popular vote 66,053 28,079
Percentage 18.5% 5.0%
Swing Increase12.8% Decrease1.8%

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Percentage of seats gained by each of the party.

Prime Minister before election

Basil Brooke
UUP

Elected Prime Minister

Basil Brooke
UUP

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The Northern Ireland general election, 1945 was held on 14 June 1945. The election saw significant losses for the Ulster Unionist Party, though they retained their majority.

Mirroring the result across the rest of Britain in the 1945 UK general election, candidates standing on behalf of the various Labour parties won a significantly higher vote share of 30%[nb 1], but this translated into just two new MPs due to the first-past-the-post electoral system.

Results[edit]

Northern Ireland General Election 1945
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % Net %
  UUP 41 33 0 6 -6 63.5 50.4 180,342 -6.4
  NI Labour 15 2 2 1 +1 3.8 18.5 66,053 +12.8
  Nationalist 11 10 +2 19.2 9.1 32,546 +4.2
  Commonwealth Labour 6 1 1 0 +1 1.9 7.8 28,079 N/A
  Independent Unionist 5 2 1 1 0 3.8 5.0 17,906 -1.8
  Communist (NI) 3 0 0 0 0 3.5 12,456 N/A
  Independent Labour 2 1 0 0 0 1.9 2.8 9,872 +1.1
  Socialist Republican 2 1 1 0 +1 1.9 1.5 5,497 N/A
  Federation of Labour 1 0 0 0 0 1.1 3,912 N/A
  Independent 2 2 2 0 +2 3.8 0.3 1,219 -1.9

Electorate: 845,964 (509,098 in contested seats); Turnout: 70.3% (357,882).

Votes summary[edit]

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
  
50.39%
Labour
  
18.46%
Nationalist Party
  
9.09%
Commonwealth Labour
  
7.85%
Independent Unionist
  
5.00%
Communist
  
3.48%
Independent Labour
  
2.76%
Socialist Republican
  
1.54%
Federation of Labour
  
1.09%
Independent
  
0.34%

Seats summary[edit]

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
  
63.46%
Nationalist Party
  
19.23%
Independent Unionist
  
3.85%
Labour
  
3.85%
Independent Labour
  
1.92%
Commonwealth Labour
  
1.92%
Socialist Republican
  
1.92%
Independent
  
3.85%

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ 19% for the Northern Irish Labour Party, 8% for the Commonwealth Labour Party, 3% for Independent Labour candidates and 1% for the Federation of Labour

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