South Tyrone (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)
|Former County Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
South Tyrone shown within Northern Ireland
|Election method||First past the post|
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South Tyrone was a constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.
South 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. South 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.
South Tyrone was contested by the Nationalist Party once, in 1949. All other contests were triggered by either an independent unionist or member of the Northern Ireland Labour Party standing against the Ulster Unionist Party, which consistently held the seat.
MPs for the area included Stormont's last Minister of State for Home Affairs, John Taylor, and William Frederick McCoy who served briefly as Speaker to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland from 25 January 1956 until 23 April 1956.
Members of Parliament
|1944||William Frederick McCoy||UUP|
|Independent Unionist||J. J. Hazlett||4,699||35.0||N/A|
|NI Labour||A. Graham||3,754||28.4||N/A|
|UUP||William Frederick McCoy||6,352||81.9||+10.3|
|NI Labour||William Leeburn||1,400||18.1||-10.3|
|UUP||William Frederick McCoy||8,855||61.1||N/A|
- At the 1953, 1958 and 1962 Northern Ireland general elections, William Frederick McCoy was elected unopposed.
|NI Labour||Jack Hassard||4,862||35.2||N/A|
|Independent Unionist||Thomas Gerard Eakins||6,533||46.0||N/A|