Ulster Unionist Party leadership election, 1971

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Ulster Unionist Party leadership election, 1971

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Candidate Brian Faulkner William Craig
Popular vote 26 4
Percentage 86.7% 13.3%

Leader before election

James Chichester-Clark

Elected Leader

Brian Faulkner

The Ulster Unionist Party leadership election of 1971 was caused by the resignation of James Chichester-Clark, after he had failed to persuade the British Government to provide his government with more resources to quell the growing civil unrest.



First round
Candidate Votes
Votes %
Brian Faulkner Green tickY 26
William Craig 4


  • Ireland since 1939, Henry Patterson (2001, Oxford University Press)
  • A history of the Ulster Unionist Party, Graham Walker (2004, Manchester University Press)