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Constitutional Convention Election (NI) - Thursday 1 May 1975



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Constitutional Convention Election (NI)
Thursday 1 May 1975

The following are the (draft) results of the 1975 Constitutional Convention elections held in Northern Ireland on Thursday 1 May 1975.

Introduction

The elections on 1 May 1975 were held to elect 78 members to the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention. The voting in this election was by means of 'proportional representation'.

Summary of Results

Electorate: 1,026987
Total valid vote:
Spoiled votes:
Percentage turnout: 65.8%

Party
Seats
First Preference Votes
% Valid Poll
United Ulster Unionist Council:      
- Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)
19
169,797
(25.8%)
- Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)
12
97,073
(14.8%)
- Vanguard Ulster Unionist Party (VUPP)
14
83,507
(12.7%)
- Independent Unionist (Ind. U.)
1
5,687
(0.9%)
Other Loyalists
1
4,453
(0.6%)
Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)
17
156,049
(23.7%)
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI)
8
64,657
(9.8%)
Unionist Party of Northern Ireland (UPNI)
5
50,891
(7.7%)
Republican Clubs (Rep. C.)
0
14,515
(2.2%)
Northern Ireland Labour Party
1
9,102
(1.4%)
Communist Party
0
378
(0.1%)
Independents (Ind.)
0
2,052
(0.3%)
Total
78
658,161
(100.0%)

Source: Flackes and Elliott (1994)

Candidates elected in each of the 12 constituencies:

Belfast East
Electorate: 78,340
Poll: 65.3%
6 Elected Quota 7,166 First Preference Votes
Count 1 Craig, W. (Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 11,958
Count 6 Napier, O. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 6,341
Count 8 Empey, R. (Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 4,657
Count 11 Cardwell, J. (Unionist Party of Northern Ireland) 3,039
Count 11 Paisley, Mrs. E. (Democratic Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 3,606
Count 11 Bleakley, D. (Northern Ireland Labour Party) 3,998

 

Belfast North
Electorate: 70,673
Poll: 63.3%
6 Elected Quota 6,230 First Preference Votes
Count 1 Fitt, G. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 6,454
Count 1 Bell, W. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 6,268
Count 7 Millar, F. (Independent Unionist - United Ulster Unionist Council) 5,687
Count 8 Morgan, W. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 5,558
Count 10 Hall-Thompson, L. (Unionist Party of Northern Ireland) 3,577
Count 10 Annon, W.T. (Democratic Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 4,132

 

Belfast South
Electorate: 73,324
Poll: 66.3%
6 Elected Quota 6,831 First Preference Votes
Count 1 Smyth, Rev. M.. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 15,061
Count 1 Glass, B. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 7,961
Count 2 Burchill, J. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 4,230
Count 8 Hendron, J. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 2,499
Count 9 Trimble, D. (Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 2,429
Count 11 Burns, T. (Democratic Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 2,529

 

Belfast West
Electorate: 63,869
Poll: 58.7%
6 Elected Quota 5,103 First Preference Votes
Count 1 Laird, J. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 8,433
Count 1 Devlin, P. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 6,267
Count 6 Coulter, Miss J. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 2,325
Count 8 Cooper, R. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 3,293
Count 8 Hendron, Dr. J. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 2,840
Count 8 Smyth, H. (Independent Loyalist) 2,644

 

North Antrim
Electorate: 103,469
Poll: 61.0%
7 Elected Quota 7,778 First Preference Votes
Count 1 Paisley, Rev. I. (Democratic Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 19,335
Count 2 McFaul, K. (Democratic Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 7,658
Count 2 Smyth, C. (Democratic Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 5,806
Count 9 Wilson, H. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 4,601
Count 10 Turnly, J. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 4,888
Count 12 Wright, W. (Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 2,761
Count 12 Allen, D. (Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 2,268

 

South Antrim
Electorate: 119,723
Poll: 58.6%
8 Elected Quota 7,646 First Preference Votes
Count 1 Beattie, Rev. W. (Democratic Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 11,834
Count 1 Ardill, A. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 10,895
Count 4 McCloskey, V. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 6,756
Count 8 Kinahan, C. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 5,294
Count 9 Dickson, Mrs. A. (Unionist Party of Northern Ireland) 5,723
Count 11 Dunlop, S. (Democratic Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 2,461
Count 11 Lindsay, K. (Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 4,529
Count 12 Morrison, G. (Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 2,943

 

Armagh
Electorate: 90,640
Poll: 67.7%
7 Elected Quota 7,424 First Preference Votes
Count 1 Mallon, S. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 8,999
Count 1 Armstrong, M. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 8,802
Count 1 Hutchinson, D. (Democratic Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 7,746
Count 9 Whitten, H. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 4,843
Count 9 Carson, T. D. (Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 5,974
Count 9 Black, A. (Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 5,435
Count 9 News, H. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 3,303

 

North Down
Electorate: 93,884
Poll: 62.6%
7 Elected Quota 7,223 First Preference Votes
Count 1 Kilfedder, J. A. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 21,693
Count 1 Taylor, J. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 7,238
Count 3 Green, G. (Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 4,408
Count 6 Poots, C. (Democratic Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 2,962
Count 7 Dunleath, Lord (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 4,616
Count 8 McConnell, R. (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland) 3,099
Count 8 Brookeborough, Lord (Unionist Party of Northern Ireland) 3,555

 

South Down
Electorate: 89,912
Poll: 68.9%
7 Elected Quota 7,594 First Preference Votes
Count 1 Feely, F. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 9,730
Count 1 Harvey, C. (Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 8,843
Count 2 McGrady, E. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 7,257
Count 4 O'Donoghue, P. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 6,657
Count 9 Faulkner, B. (Unionist Party of Northern Ireland) 6,035
Count 9 Brush, E. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 6,293
Count 9 Heslip, H (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 6,380

 

Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Electorate: 70,344
Poll: 78.4%
5 Elected Quota 8,843 First Preference Votes
Count 1 West, H. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 12,922
Count 1 Currie, A. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 9,984
Count 3 Baird, E. (Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 8,067
Count 7 Daly, T. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 7,145
Count 9 McKay, J. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 3,194

 

Londonderry
Electorate: 92,003
Poll: 69.8%
7 Elected Quota 7,801 First Preference Votes
Count 1 Hume, J. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 11,941
Count 1 Conn, Mrs, S. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 8,789
Count 1 Barr, G. (Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 7,883
Count 4 Logue, H. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 6,661
Count 5 Douglas, W. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 4,939
Count 6 Canavan, M. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 4,600
Count 12 McClure, J. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 3,436

 

Mid-Ulster
Electorate: 80,806
Poll: 72.5%
6 Elected Quota 8,068 First Preference Votes
Count 1 Thompson, W. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 9,342
Count 1 Cooper, I. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 9,073
Count 1 Reid, R. (Democratic Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 8,250
Count 10 Duffy, P. (Social Democratic and Labour Party) 4,130
Count 11 Thompson, E. (Ulster Unionist Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 4,292
Count 11 Overend, R. (Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party - United Ulster Unionist Council) 5,573

 

Source: Flackes and Elliott (1994)


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