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Mid Down
Parliament of Northern Ireland
County constituency
Mid Down shown within Northern Ireland
Created: 1929
Abolished: 1972
Election Method: First past the post

Mid Down was a constituency of the Northern Ireland Parliament.

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Mid Down was a county constituency comprising part of northern County Down, immediately south east of Belfast. It was created 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. Mid Down was created by the division of Down into eight new constituencies. The constituency survived unchanged until 1969, when it was considerably reduced in size, with areas of the seat being transferred to Lagan Valley and North Down. It returned one Member of Parliament until the Northern Ireland Parliament was prorogued in 1972 and formally abolished in 1973.

The seat comprised parts of the rural districts of Castlereagh, Hillsborough and Newtownards.[1]

Politics

The seat had a substantial unionist majority and was always won by Ulster Unionist Party candidates. It was only contested on one occasion, by a Northern Ireland Labour Party candidate who received only 23% of the votes cast.[2]

Members of Parliament

Elected Party Name[2]
1929 Ulster Unionist John Miller Andrews
1953 Ulster Unionist Jack Andrews
1964 Ulster Unionist Basil Kelly

Election results

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At the 1929, 1933, 1938, 1945 and 1949 Northern Ireland general elections, John Miller Andrews was elected unopposed.[2]

At the 1953, 1958 and 1962 Northern Ireland general elections, Jack Andrews was elected unopposed.[2]

Mid Down by-election, 1964[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ulster Unionist Basil Kelly 8,674 77.1 N/A
Labour (NI) J. S. Gardner 2,572 22.9 N/A
Majority 6,102 54.2 N/A
Turnout 27.2 N/A
Ulster Unionist hold Swing N/A

At the 1965 and 1969 Northern Ireland general elections, Basil Kelly was elected unopposed.[2]

References

  1. ^ Northern Ireland Parliamentary Election results: Constituency Boundaries
  2. ^ a b c d e f Northern Ireland Parliamentary Election Results: Counties: Down

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