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Northern Ireland general election, 1969
All 52 seats to the Northern Ireland House of Commons
24 February 1969
First party Second party Third party
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Leader Terence O'Neill Tom Boyd Eddie McAteer
Party Ulster Unionist Labour (NI) Nationalist (NI)
Leader since 25 March 1963 1958 2 June 1964
Leader's seat Bannside Belfast Pottinger (defeated) Foyle (defeated)
Last election 36 seats (59.1%) 2 seats (20.4%) 9 seats (8.2%)
Seats won 36 2 6
Seat change 0 0 -3
Popular vote 269,501 45,113 42,315
Percentage 48.2% 8.1% 7.6%

Incumbent Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
Ulster Unionist

Prime Minister-elect
Terence O'Neill
Ulster Unionist

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The Northern Ireland general election, 1969 was held on Monday 24 February 1969. It was the last election to the Parliament of Northern Ireland before its abolition by the Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973.

Unlike previous elections that produced a large unambiguous majority for the Ulster Unionist Party, this one give more complex results. The Ulster Unionists were divided over a variety of reforms introduced by Prime Minister Terence O'Neill and this division spilled over into the election with official Ulster Unionist candidates standing either in support of or opposition to O'Neill and a number of independent pro O'Neill Unionists standing against opposing candidates. The results left O'Neill without a clear majority for his reforms and he resigned not long afterwards.

This was the first (and only) election since the 1929 election to see changes to the constituencies. The Queen's University of Belfast seat was abolished and four new constituencies were created in the suburbs of Belfast to compensate for population growth there.

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Results

Northern Ireland General Election 1969
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Ulster Unionist 44 36 4 4 0 69.2 48.2 269,501 -10.9
  Independent Unionist 18 3 3 0 + 3 5.8 15.6 86,052 +15.6
  Labour (NI) 16 2 1 1 0 3.8 8.1 45,113 -12.3
  Nationalist (NI) 9 6 0 3 - 3 11.5 7.6 42,315 -0.6
  National Democrats 7 0 0 1 - 1 4.6 26,009 -0.1
  People's Democracy 8 0 0 0 0 4.2 23,645 +4.2
  Independent 4 3 3 1 + 2 5.8 3.9 21,977 +3.9
  Protestant Unionist 5 0 0 0 0 3.8 20,991 +3.8
  Republican Labour 5 2 1 1 0 3.8 2.4 13,115 +1.4
  Liberal 2 0 0 1 - 1 1.3 7,337 -2.6
  People's Progressive 1 0 0 0 0 0.5 2,992 +0.5

Electorate: 912,087 (778,031 in contested seats); Turnout: 71.9% (559,087).

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Votes summary

Popular vote
Pro-O'Neill Unionist
  
27.6%
Anti-O'Neill Unionist
  
20.6%
Ind. Pro-O'Neill Unionist
  
12.9%
Labour
  
8.07%
Nationalist
  
7.57%
National Democratic
  
4.65%
Peoples' Democracy
  
4.23%
Independent
  
3.93%
Protestant Unionist
  
3.75%
Independent Unionist
  
2.49%
Republican Labour
  
2.35%
Ulster Liberal
  
1.31%
People's Progressive
  
0.54%
Total Ulster Unionist
  
48.2%
Total Pro-O'Neill Unionist
  
40.5%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Pro-O'Neill Unionist
  
44.23%
Anti-O'Neill Unionist
  
25%
Ind. Pro-O'Neill Unionist
  
5.77%
Labour
  
3.85%
Nationalist
  
11.54%
Independent
  
5.77%
Republican Labour
  
3.85%
Total Ulster Unionist
  
69.23%
Total Pro-O'Neill Unionist
  
50%

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References


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