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Belfast Willowfield
Parliament of Northern Ireland
Borough constituency
Belfast (Northern Ireland Parliament constituencies).svg
Belfast Willowfield shown within Belfast and Belfast shown within Northern Ireland
Created: 1929
Abolished: 1973
Election Method: First past the post

Belfast Willowfield was a constituency of the Northern Ireland Parliament.

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Boundaries

Belfast Willowfield was a borough constituency comprising part of southern 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 Willowfield was created by the division of Belfast South 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.[1]

Politics

In common with other seats in south Belfast, the constituency was strongly unionist. The seat was generally held by Unionist candidates, although labour movement candidates often performed well and sometimes took the seat.[1]

Members of Parliament

Election results

Northern Ireland 1921–72

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General Election 1929: Belfast Willowfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ulster Unionist Arthur Black 4,691 53.9 N/A
Town Tenants' Association Alexander McConnell 4,015 46.1 N/A
Majority 676 7.8 N/A
Turnout 69.4 N/A
Ulster Unionist hold Swing N/A
At the Northern Ireland general election, 1933, Arthur Black was elected unopposed.[2]
General Election 1938: Belfast Willowfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ulster Unionist Arthur Black 7,615 65.1 N/A
Ulster Protestant League Arthur Cleland 4,086 34.9 N/A
Majority 3,530 30.2 N/A
Turnout 74.1 N/A
Ulster Unionist hold Swing N/A
Belfast Willowfield by-election, 1941[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (NI) Harry Midgley 7,209 74.8 N/A
Ulster Unionist F. J. Lavery 2,435 25.2 - 39.9
Majority 4,774 49.6 - 19.4
Turnout 60.0 N/A
Labour (NI) gain from Ulster Unionist Swing N/A
General Election 1945: Belfast Willowfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Commonwealth Labour Harry Midgley 7,072 55.9 N/A
Ulster Unionist G. I. Finlay 4,488 35.5 - 29.4
Labour (NI) Robert McBrinn 1,082 8.6 N/A
Majority 2,584 20.4 - 9.8
Turnout 75.1 + 1.0
Commonwealth Labour gain from Ulster Unionist Swing N/A
General Election 1949: Belfast Willowfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ulster Unionist Harry Midgley 11,304 87.5 + 31.6
Labour (NI) William Leeburn 1,611 12.5 + 3.9
Majority 9,693 75.0 + 54.6
Turnout 77.3 + 2.2
Ulster Unionist gain from Commonwealth Labour Swing N/A
General Election 1953: Belfast Willowfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ulster Unionist Harry Midgley 6,539 68.8 - 18.7
Labour (NI) Norman Searight 2,966 31.2 + 18.7
Majority 3,573 37.6 - 37.4
Turnout 59.5 - 17.8
Ulster Unionist hold Swing N/A
General Election 1958: Belfast Willowfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ulster Unionist William Hinds 4,017 41.6 - 27.2
Labour (NI) Norman Searight 2,847 29.5 - 1.7
Independent Unionist A. W. Shaw 2,785 28.9 N/A
Majority 1,170 12.1 - 25.5
Turnout 66.6 + 7.1
Ulster Unionist hold Swing N/A
General Election 1962: Belfast Willowfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ulster Unionist William Hinds 4,931 58.5 + 16.9
Labour (NI) Norman Searight 3,497 41.5 + 12.0
Majority 1,434 17.0 + 4.9
Turnout 62.0 - 4.6
Ulster Unionist hold Swing N/A
General Election 1965: Belfast Willowfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ulster Unionist William Hinds 4,918 64.9 + 6.4
Labour (NI) R. M. McBirney 2,654 35.1 - 6.4
Majority 2,264 29.8 + 12.8
Turnout 57.1 - 4.9
Ulster Unionist hold Swing N/A
General Election 1969: Belfast Willowfield[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Unionist Tom Caldwell 4,613 54.3 N/A
Ulster Unionist William Hinds 2,134 25.1 - 39.8
Labour (NI) Billy Boyd 1,747 20.6 - 14.5
Majority 2,479 29.2 - 0.6
Turnout 68.4 + 11.3
Independent Unionist gain from Ulster Unionist Swing N/A

References

  1. ^ a b The Northern Ireland House of Commons, 1921-1972, Northern Ireland Elections
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Northern Ireland Parliamentary Elections Results: Boroughs: Belfast

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