Northern Ireland general election, 1969

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Northern Ireland general election, 1969
Northern Ireland
← 1965 24 February 1969 1973 →

All 52 seats to the Northern Ireland House of Commons
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Terence O'Neill Eddie McAteer None
Party UUP Nationalist Ind. Unionist
(Pro-O'Neill)
Leader since 25 March 1963 2 June 1964
Leader's seat Bannside Foyle
(defeated)
Last election 36 seats, 59.1% 9 seats, 8.2% Did not contest
Seats won 36 6 3
Seat change Steady Decrease3 Increase3
Popular vote 269,501 42,315 86,052
Percentage 48.2% 7.6% 15.6%
Swing Decrease10.9% Decrease 0.6% New party

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Leader Tom Boyd Gerry Fitt
Party NI Labour Republican Labour
Leader since 1958 1964
Leader's seat Belfast Pottinger
(defeated)
Belfast Dock
Last election 2 seats, 20.4% 2 seat, 1.0%
Seats won 2 2
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 45,113 13,115
Percentage 8.1% 2.4%
Swing Decrease 12.3% Increase1.4%

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Election results by constituency.

Prime Minister before election

Terence O'Neill
UUP

Elected Prime Minister

Terence O'Neill
UUP

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The Northern Ireland general election, 1969 was held on Monday 24 February 1969. It was the last election to the Parliament of Northern Ireland before its abolition by the Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973.

Unlike previous elections that produced a large unambiguous majority for the Ulster Unionist Party, this one gave more complex results. The Ulster Unionists were divided over a variety of reforms introduced by Prime Minister Terence O'Neill and this division spilled over into the election with official Ulster Unionist candidates standing either in support of or opposition to O'Neill and a number of independent pro O'Neill Unionists standing against opposing candidates. The results left O'Neill without a clear majority for his reforms and he resigned not long afterwards.

This was the first (and only) election since the 1929 election to see changes to the constituencies. The Queen's University of Belfast seat was abolished and four new constituencies were created in the suburbs of Belfast to compensate for population growth there.

Results[edit]

Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
Ulster Unionist Party (Total) 269,501 48.2 -10.9 36 ±0
Ulster Unionist Party (Pro-O'Neill) 154,320 27.6 N/A 23 N/A
Ulster Unionist Party (Anti-O'Neill) 115,181 20.6 N/A 13 N/A
Independent Pro-O'Neill Unionist 86,052 15.6 N/A 3 N/A
NI Labour 45,113 8.1 –12.3 2 ±0
Nationalist Party 42,315 7.6 -0.6 6 -3
National Democratic Party 26,009 4.6 -0.1 0 -1
People's Democracy 23,645 4.2 N/A 0 N/A
Independent 21,977 3.9 +3.9 3 +2
Protestant Unionist Party 20,991 3.8 N/A 0 N/A
Republican Labour Party 13,115 2.4 +1.4 2 ±0
Ulster Liberal Party 7,337 1.3 -2.6 0 -1
People's Progressive 57,785 0.6 N/A 0 N/A
Votes cast / turnout 559,047 71.9% 52

Electorate: 912,087 (778,031 in contested seats); Turnout: 71.9% (559,087).

Votes summary[edit]

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist (Pro-O'Neill)
  
27.60%
Ulster Unionist (Anti-O'Neill)
  
20.60%
Ind. Pro-O'Neill Unionist
  
12.90%
Labour
  
8.07%
Nationalist
  
7.57%
National Democratic
  
4.65%
Peoples' Democracy
  
4.23%
Independent
  
3.93%
Protestant Unionist
  
3.75%
Independent Unionist
  
2.49%
Republican Labour
  
2.35%
Ulster Liberal
  
1.31%
People's Progressive
  
0.54%

Seats summary[edit]

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist (Pro-O'Neill)
  
44.23%
Ulster Unionist (Anti-O'Neill)
  
25.00%
Nationalist
  
11.54%
Ind. Pro-O'Neill Unionist
  
5.77%
Independent
  
5.77%
Labour
  
3.85%
Republican Labour
  
3.85%

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