1945 Northern Ireland general election

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1945 Northern Ireland general election
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  1938 14 June 1945 1949  

All 52 seats to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland
27 seats were needed for a majority
 First partySecond partyThird party
  Sir Basil Brooke, 10 February 1941.png Judge TJ Campbell.jpg No image wide.svg
Leader Basil Brooke T. J. Campbell Paddy Agnew
Party Ulster Unionist Nationalist NI Labour
Leader since1 May 194318 January 19341938
Leader's seat Lisnaskea Belfast Central South Armagh (defeated)
Last election39 seats, 56.8%8 seats, 4.9%1 seat, 5.7%
Seats won33102
Seat changeDecrease2.svg6Increase2.svg2Increase2.svg1
Popular vote180,34232,54666,053

 Fourth partyFifth party
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Leader Harry Midgley Harry Diamond
Party Commonwealth Labour Socialist Republican
Leader since19421944
Leader's seat Belfast Willowfield Belfast Falls
Last electionDid not standDid not stand
Seats won11
Seat changeIncrease2.svg1Increase2.svg1
Popular vote28,0795,497
SwingNew partyNew party

1945 Northern Ireland Assembly Election Results Map.svg
Percentage of seats gained by each of the party

Prime Minister before election

Basil Brooke
Ulster Unionist

Prime Minister after election

Basil Brooke
Ulster Unionist

The 1945 Northern Ireland general election was held on 14 June 1945. The election saw significant losses for the Ulster Unionist Party, though they retained their majority.


Mirroring the result across the rest of the UK in the 1945 UK general election, candidates standing on behalf of the various Labour parties won a significantly higher vote share of 30%, [nb 1] but this translated into just two new MPs due to the first-past-the-post electoral system.


1945 Northern Ireland general election
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StoodElectedGainedUnseatedNet % of total %No.Net %
  Ulster Unionist 413306-663.550.4180,342-6.4
  NI Labour 1522 1 +13.818.566,053+12.8
  Nationalist 111020+219.29.132,546+4.2
  Commonwealth Labour 6 1 1 0+11.97.828,079N/A
  Ind. Unionist 52 1 1 03.85.017,906-1.8
  Communist (NI) 300003.512,456N/A
  Independent Labour 2 1 0001.92.89,872+1.1
  Socialist Republican 2 1 1 0+11.91.55,497N/A
  Federation of Labour 1 00001.13,912N/A
  Independent 2220+23.80.31,219-1.9

Electorate: 845,964 (509,098 in contested seats); Turnout: 70.3% (357,882).

Votes summary

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
Nationalist Party
Commonwealth Labour
Independent Unionist
Independent Labour
Socialist Republican
Federation of Labour

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
Nationalist Party
Independent Unionist
Independent Labour
Commonwealth Labour
Socialist Republican


  1. 19% for the Northern Irish Labour Party, 8% for the Commonwealth Labour Party, 3% for Independent Labour candidates and 1% for the Federation of Labour

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