Thomas Loftus Cole
|Thomas Loftus Cole|
|Member of Parliament
for Belfast East
5 July 1949 – 20 February 1950
|Preceded by||Henry Peirson Harland|
|Succeeded by||Alan McKibbin|
|Died||7 March 1961
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Ulster Unionist Party|
Cole studied at the Sullivan Upper School in Holywood before qualifying as a pharmacist. Despite this, he worked as a property developer, and was elected to Lurgan Urban District Council in 1911, serving until 1917. He return to politics in 1931, winning a seat on the Belfast Corporation for the Ulster Unionist Party, which he held until 1958. He was High Sheriff of Belfast in 1937 and Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast in 1938–1939 He stood in Belfast Pottinger at the 1933 and 1938 Northern Ireland general elections, but was not successful.
At the 1945 general election, Cole was elected for Belfast East. He made no speeches in Parliament, and stood down at the 1950 election. He also held the seat of Belfast Dock in the Northern Ireland House of Commons from 1949 until he lost the seat in 1953.
In reference to whether the name of Northern Ireland should be changed to Ulster, Cole remarked in 1949 that the British Government had refused to allow the name change "because the area did not comprise the nine counties of the province. We should demand our three counties [Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan] so that we could call our country Ulster, a name of which we are all proud".
- John F. Harbinson, The Ulster Unionist Party, 1882-1973, p.181
- House of Commons Library. "Maiden Speeches in the House of Commons since 1918". UK Parliament. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
- The Irish Times, 1949
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Thomas Loftus Cole
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Henry Peirson Harland
|Member of Parliament for Belfast East
|Parliament of Northern Ireland|
|Member of Parliament for Belfast Dock
Thomas Edward McConnell
|High Sheriff of Belfast
1937 - 1939
Samuel Boyd Thompson
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