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South Tyrone
Parliament of Northern Ireland
County constituency
South Tyrone shown within Northern Ireland
Created: 1929
Abolished: 1972
Election Method: First past the post
Northern Ireland 1921–72

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South Tyrone was a constituency of the Northern Ireland Parliament.

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South Tyrone was a county constituency comprising the central part of County Tyrone. 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. South Tyrone was created by the division of Fermanagh and Tyrone into eight new constituencies, of which five were in County Tyrone. The constituency survived unchanged, returning one member of Parliament until the Northern Ireland Parliament was prorogued in 1972 and formally abolished in 1973.

The seat was made up from parts of the rural districts of Clogher and Dungannon as well as the town of Dungannon.[1].

Politics

County Tyrone had five Stormont MPs from 1929 until 1972. The seats in the North and South of the county were Unionist, the constituency covering the East could be considered marginal, whilst those in the West and centre of the county were nationalist.

South Tyrone was contested by the Nationalist Party once in 1949. All other contestes were triggered by either an independent unionist or member of the Northern Ireland Labour Party standing against the Ulster Unionist Party, which consistently held the seat.

MPs for the area included Stormont's last Minister of State for Home Affairs, John Taylor and William Frederick McCoy who served briefly as Speaker to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland from 25 January 1956 until 23 April 1956.[2].

Members of Parliament

Year Member Party
1929 Rowley Elliott Ulster Unionist
1944 William Frederick McCoy Ulster Unionist
1965 John Taylor Ulster Unionist

Election results

General Election 1929: South Tyrone[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ulster Unionist Rowley Elliott 8,743 65.0 N/A
Independent Unionist J. J. Hazlett 4,699 35.0 N/A
Majority 4,044 30.0 N/A
Turnout 74.2 N/A
Ulster Unionist hold Swing N/A
At the Northern Ireland general election, 1933, Rowley Elliott was elected unopposed.[3]
General Election 1938: South Tyrone[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ulster Unionist Rowley Elliott 9,478 71.6 N/A
Labour (NI) A. Graham 3,754 28.4 N/A
Majority 5,724 43.2 N/A
Turnout 75.0 N/A
Ulster Unionist hold Swing N/A
South Tyrone by-election, 1945[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ulster Unionist William Frederick McCoy 6,352 81.9 +10.3
Labour (NI) William Leeburn 1,400 18.1 -10.3
Majority 4,952 63.8 +20.6
Turnout 44.8 -30.2
Ulster Unionist hold Swing
At the Northern Ireland general election, 1945, William Frederick McCoy was elected unopposed.[3]
General Election 1949: South Tyrone[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ulster Unionist William Frederick McCoy 8,855 61.1 N/A
Nationalist (NI) James Slevin 5,630 38.9 N/A
Majority 3,225 22.2 N/A
Turnout 84.3 N/A
Ulster Unionist hold Swing N/A
At the 1953, 1958 and 1962 Northern Ireland general elections, William Frederick McCoy was elected unopposed.[3]
General Election 1965: South Tyrone[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ulster Unionist John Taylor 8,935 64.8 N/A
Labour (NI) Jack Hassard 4,862 35.2 N/A
Majority 4,073 29.6 N/A
Turnout 77.5 N/A
Ulster Unionist hold Swing N/A
General Election 1969: South Tyrone[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ulster Unionist John Taylor 7,683 54.0 -10.8
Independent Unionist Thomas Gerard Eakins 6,533 46.0 N/A
Majority 1,150 8.0 -21.6
Turnout 83.0 +5.5
Ulster Unionist hold Swing N/A

References

  1. ^ Northern Ireland Parliamentary Election results: Constituency Boundaries
  2. ^ Northern Ireland Parliamentary Elections Results: Biographies
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Northern Ireland Parliamentary Elections Results: Counties: Tyrone

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