Thomas Loftus Cole

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Thomas Loftus Cole
Member of Parliament
for Belfast East
In office
5 July 1949 – 20 February 1950
Preceded by Henry Peirson Harland
Succeeded by Alan McKibbin
Personal details
Born 1877
Belfast, Ireland
Died 7 March 1961(1961-03-07) (aged 83–84)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
Profession Pharmacist

Thomas Loftus Cole (1877 – 7 March 1961) was a unionist politician in Northern Ireland.

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[1] 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.[1] He made no speeches in Parliament,[2] 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.[1]

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".[3]


  1. ^ a b c John F. Harbinson, The Ulster Unionist Party, 1882-1973, p.181
  2. ^ House of Commons Library. "Maiden Speeches in the House of Commons since 1918". UK Parliament. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  3. ^ The Irish Times, 1949

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Peirson Harland
Member of Parliament for Belfast East
Succeeded by
Alan McKibbin
Parliament of Northern Ireland
Preceded by
Hugh Downey
Member of Parliament for Belfast Dock
Succeeded by
Murtagh Morgan
Civic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Edward McConnell
High Sheriff of Belfast
1937 - 1939
Succeeded by
Samuel Boyd Thompson