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Westminster General Election (NI) - Thursday 18 June 1970



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Westminster General Election (NI)
Thursday 18 June 1970

This is a draft (v1) of the results of the 1970 Westminster General Election Results.

Introduction

The following are the (draft) results of the (then) 12 Northern Ireland constituencies where the 1970 Westminster General Election was contested on Thursday 18 June 1970.

Summary of Results

Electorate:
Valid votes cast: 779,113
Spoiled votes: 2,176
Percentage poll: 76.8%

Party
Number of Seats
Vote
% Valid Poll
Unionist Party (U)
8
422,041
54.3%
Northern Ireland Labour Party (NILP)
0
98,194
12.6%
Unity
1
76,185
9.8%
Independent (B. Devlin)
1
37,739
4.8%
Protestant Unionist Party (Prot. U.)
1
35,303
4.5%
Republican Labour Party (Rep. Lab.)
1
30,649
3.9%
Nationalist Party (Nat.)
0
27,006
3.5%
Ulster Liberal Party (U. Lib)
0
12,005
1.5%
National Democratic Party (Nat. Dem.)
0
10,349
1.3%
Others
0
29,642
3.8%

Constituency Results

The results for each of the 12 constituencies contain the following information:
Name of constituency
Name of candidate (Party) Number of votes
Party majority: Electorate: Turnout: (%)


North Antrim
Paisley, Ian
(Protestant Unionist Party) 24,130
Clark, H.M (Unionist Party) 21,451
McHugh, P. (Northern Ireland Labour Party) 6,476
McDonnell, A. (National Democratic Party) 4,312
Moore, G. (Ulster Liberal Party) 2,269

Protestant Unionist Party (Prot. U.) majority: 2,679; Electorate: 79,930; Turnout: (73.4%)


South Antrim
Molyneaux, J.
(Unionist Party) 59,589
Johnston, R. (Northern Ireland Labour Party) 19,971
Caldwell, H. (Independent Unionist) 10,938
MacAllister, J. (National Democratic Party) 6,037
Smith, A.M (Ulster Liberal Party) 913

Unionist Party (U) majority: 39,618; Electorate: 143,274; Turnout (68.0%)


Belfast East
McMaster, S. R
(Unionist Party) 26,778
Bleakley, D. (Northern Ireland Labour Party) 18,259

Unionist Party (U) majority: 8,519; Electorate: 59,524; Turnout: (75.7%)


Belfast North
Mills, S.
(Unionist Party) 28,668
Sharkey, J. (Northern Ireland Labour Party) 18,894
Beattie, Re. W. (Protestant Unionist Party) 11,173
McKeague, J. D. (Independent) 441

Unionist Party (U) majority: 9,774; Electorate: 75,740; Turnout: (78.1%)


Belfast South
Pounder, R.
(Unionist Party) 27,523
Coulthard, J. (Northern Ireland Labour Party) 11,567

Unionist Party (U) majority: 15,956; Electorate: 57,112; Turnout: (68.4%)


Belfast West
Fitt, Gerry
(Republican Labour Party) 30,649
McRoberts, B. (Unionist Party) 27,451

Republican Labour Party (Rep. Lab.) majority: 3,198; Electorate: 68,665; Turnout: (84.6%)


North Down
Kilfedder, James
(Unionist Party)55,679
Young, K (Northern Ireland Labour Party) 14,246
Nixon, R. (Independent Unionist) 6,408
McGladdery, J. R.(Independent) 3,321
Simonds-Gooding, H. (Ulster Liberal Party) 1,076

Unionist Party (U) majority: 41,433; Electorate: 121,196 Turnout: (66.6%)


South Down
Orr, L. P. S.
(Unionist Party) 34,894
Golding H. (Unity Party) 21,676
Quinn, J. G. (Ulster Liberal Party) 7,747

Unionist Party (U) majority: 13,218; Electorate: 87,079; Turnout: (73.9%)


Londonderry
Chichester-Clark, R.
(Unionist Party) 37,739
McAtee, E. (Nationalist Party) 27,006
McCann, E. (Independent Labour Party) 7,565

Unionist Party (U) majority: 12,135; Electorate: 90,302; Turnout: (81.6%)


Fermanagh and South Tyrone
McManus, F.
(Unity Party) 32,813
Hamilton, Lord. (Unionist Party) 31,390

Unionist Party (U) majority: 1,423; Electorate: 70,381; Turnout: (91.2%)


Mid Ulster
Devlin, Bernadette.
(Independent) 37,739
Thornton, W.N.J. (Unionist Party) 31,810
Cunningham, M. (Independent Unity) 771
O'Neill, P. (National socialist Party) 198

Independent (Ind,) majority: 5,929; Electorate: 77,143; Turnout: (91.4%)


Armagh
Maginnis, J.
(Unionist Party) 37,667
Lewis, H. (Unity Party) 21,696
Holmes, E. (Northern Ireland Labour Party) 8,781

Unionist Party (U) majority: 15,971; Electorate: 86,847; Turnout: (78.5%)


(Source: Flackes and Elliott, (1994) Northern Ireland: A Political Directory, 1968-1993)


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