Belfast Dock (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)


Belfast Dock (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

Northern Ireland Parliament constituency infobox
Name = Belfast Dock
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Type = Borough
Start = 1929
End = 1973
EM = First past the post

Belfast Dock was a constituency of the Northern Ireland Parliament.

Boundaries

Belfast Dock was a borough constituency comprising part of eastern Belfast. It was created in 1929 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.

Belfast Dock was created by the division of Belfast East into four new constituencies. It survived unchanged, returning one member of Parliament, until the Northern Ireland Parliament was prorogued in 1972 and formally abolished in 1973. [http://www.ark.ac.uk/elections/hnihoc.htm The Northern Ireland House of Commons, 1921-1972] , Northern Ireland Elections]

The boundaries were the same as the former Dock Ward. This meant that the boundary ran from Carlisle Circus, along Clifton Street, up North Queen Street, along Great George's street, along the Belfast Lough, along Brougham Street and Duncairn Gardens and from the top of Duncairn Gardens, along the Antrim Road to Carlisle Circus. Consequently the constituency was almost identical to the current New Lodge ward.

The constituency is now part of Belfast North.

Politics

The constituency was one of the most marginal in the Northern Ireland parliament changing hands at every election until 1965. In the five elections from 1933 to 1953 the incumbent member lost their seat.

Members of Parliament

Elections results

Election box candidate with party link
party = Ulster Unionist Party
candidate = Charles Blakiston-Houston
votes = 4,035
percentage = 46.6
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Northern Ireland Labour Party
candidate = D. Gordon
votes = 3,003
percentage = 34.7
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent Unionist
candidate = James Woods Gyle
votes = 1,619
percentage = 18.7
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 1,032
percentage = 11.9
change = "N/A"
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 73.7
change = "N/A"
Election box hold with party link
winner = Ulster Unionist Party
swing = "N/A"

Election box candidate with party link
party = Northern Ireland Labour Party
candidate = Harry Midgley
votes = 4,893
percentage = 57.0
change = +22.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Ulster Unionist Party
candidate = Charles Blakiston-Houston
votes = 3,685
percentage = 43.0
change = -3.6
Election box majority
votes = 1,208
percentage = 14.0
change = +2.1
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 77.5
change = +3.8
Election box gain with party link
winner = Northern Ireland Labour Party
loser = Ulster Unionist Party
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Ulster Unionist Party
candidate = George Anthony Clark
votes = 3,578
percentage = 42.6
change = -0.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Nationalist Party (Northern Ireland)
candidate = J. H. Collins
votes = 2,891
percentage = 34.5
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Northern Ireland Labour Party
candidate = Harry Midgley
votes = 1,943
percentage = 22.9
change = -34.1
Election box majority
votes = 687
percentage = 8.1
change = -5.9
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 82.5
change = +5.0
Election box gain with party link
winner = Ulster Unionist Party
loser = Northern Ireland Labour Party
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Northern Ireland Labour Party
candidate = Harry Downey
votes = 3,985
percentage = 57.7
change = +34.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = Ulster Unionist Party
candidate = George Anthony Clark
votes = 2,924
percentage = 42.3
change = -0.3
Election box majority
votes = 1,061
percentage = 15.4
change = +7.3
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 78.5
change = -4.0
Election box gain with party link
winner = Northern Ireland Labour Party
loser = Ulster Unionist Party
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Ulster Unionist Party
candidate = Thomas Loftus Cole
votes = 3,674
percentage = 52.0
change = +9.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Northern Ireland Labour Party
candidate = Harry Downey
votes = 3,390
percentage = 48.0
change = -9.7
Election box majority
votes = 284
percentage = 4.0
change = -11.4
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 79.8
change = +1.3
Election box gain with party link
winner = Ulster Unionist Party
loser = Northern Ireland Labour Party
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Irish Labour Party
candidate = Murtagh Morgan
votes = 3,537
percentage = 51.3
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Ulster Unionist Party
candidate = Thomas Loftus Cole
votes = 3,358
percentage = 48.7
change = -3.3
Election box majority
votes = 179
percentage = 2.6
change = -1.4
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 75.9
change = -3.9
Election box gain with party link
winner = Irish Labour Party
loser = Ulster Unionist Party
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Ulster Unionist Party
candidate = William Oliver
votes = 3,156
percentage = 52.1
change = +3.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Irish Labour Party
candidate = Gerry Fitt
votes = 2,900
percentage = 47.9
change = -3.4
Election box majority
votes = 256
percentage = 4.2
change = -1.6
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 73.9
change = -2.0
Election box gain with party link
winner = Ulster Unionist Party
loser = Irish Labour Party
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Irish Labour Party
candidate = Gerry Fitt
votes = 3,288
percentage = 54.2
change = +6.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Ulster Unionist Party
candidate = William Oliver
votes = 2,781
percentage = 45.8
change = -6.3
Election box majority
votes = 507
percentage = 8.4
change = +4.2
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 77.9
change = +4.0
Election box gain with party link
winner = Irish Labour Party
loser = Ulster Unionist Party
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Labour Party
candidate = Gerry Fitt
votes = 3,326
percentage = 62.3
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Ulster Unionist Party
candidate = William Oliver
votes = 2,016
percentage = 37.7
change = -8.1
Election box majority
votes = 1,310
percentage = 24.6
change = +16.2
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 70.3
change = -7.6
Election box gain with party link
winner = Republican Labour Party
loser = Irish Labour Party
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Labour Party
candidate = Gerry Fitt
votes = 3,274
percentage = 62.8
change = +0.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = Ulster Unionist Party
candidate = H. E. Smith
votes = 1,936
percentage = 37.2
change = -0.5
Election box majority
votes = 1,338
percentage = 25.6
change = +1.0
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 72.2
change = -1.9
Election box hold with party link
winner = Republican Labour Party
swing =

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