Northern Ireland general election, 1949

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Northern Ireland general election, 1949
Northern Ireland
← 1945 19 February 1949 1953 →

All 52 seats to the Northern Ireland House of Commons
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Blank Blank
Leader Basil Brooke James McSparran
Party UUP Nationalist
Leader since 1 May 1943 15 November 1945
Leader's seat Lisnaskea Mourne
Last election 33 seats, 50.4% 9 seats, 9.1%
Seats won 37 9
Seat change Increase4 Steady
Popular vote 237,411 101,445
Percentage 62.7% 26.8%
Swing Increase12.3% Increase 17.6%

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Election results by constituency.

Prime Minister before election

Basil Brooke
UUP

Elected Prime Minister

Basil Brooke
UUP

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The Northern Ireland general election, 1949 was held on 19 February 1949. The election became known as the Chapel-gate election because collections were held at churches in the Republic of Ireland to support the Nationalist Party campaign.[citation needed]

The election was held just after the Republic of Ireland's declaration of a republic. The Unionists were able to use their majority in the Parliament of Northern Ireland to schedule the election at a time when many Protestants felt uneasy about development south of the border and as a result might be more likely to vote Unionist than for Labour candidates. This appears to have been bourne out in the collapse of the Labour vote.

Results[edit]

Northern Ireland General Election 1949
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % Net %
  UUP 46 37 4 0 +4 71.2 62.7 237,411 +12.3
  Nationalist 17 9 0 1 0 17.3 26.8 101,445 +17.6
  NI Labour 9 0 0 2 -2 7.1 26,831 -11.4
  Independent Labour 4 1 1 1 0 1.9 2.1 7,970 -0.7
  Independent Unionist 3 2 0 0 0 3.8 0.6 2,150 -4.4
  Independent 2 2 0 0 0 3.8 0.5 2,028 +0.2
  Communist (NI) 1 0 0 0 0 0.2 623 -2.6
  Socialist Republican 1 1 0 0 0 1.9 0.0 0 -1.5

All parties shown. The only Socialist Republican Party candidate was elected unopposed. Electorate 846,719 (477,354 in contested seats); Turnout 79.3% (378,458).

Votes summary[edit]

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
62.73%
Nationalist Party
26.80%
Labour
7.10%
Independent Labour
2.11%
Independent Unionist
0.57%
Communist
0.16%
Independent
0.54%

Seats summary[edit]

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
71.15%
Nationalist Party
17.31%
Independent Unionist
3.85%
Independent Labour
1.92%
Socialist Republican
1.92%
Independent
3.85%

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