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 since the Act of Union 1800:

1800 - ALL OF BELFAST REPRESENTED BY 1 MP

Belfast Electorate – 13 electors
 

 

1801

Edward May

 

 

 

 

1802

Edward May

 

 

 

 

1806

Edward May

 

 

 

 

1807

Edward May

 

 

 

 

1812

Sir Edward May Bt

 

 

 

 

1814

On death of Sir Edward May

Sir Stephen May Bt

 

 

 

 

1816

May app.Collector of Customs, Belfast Port

Lt Gen john Michel

 

 

 

 

1818

Arthur Chichester

 

 

 

 

1820

Earl of Belfast (GH Chichester)

 

 
 
1821 - ALL OF BELFAST REPRESENTED BY 1 MP
Belfast Population – 37,277

 

 

1826

Earl of Belfast (GH Chichester)

 

 

 

 

1830

Sir Arthur Chichester Bt

 

 

 

 

1831

Sir Arthur Chichester Bt

 

 
 
1832 - ALL OF BELFAST REPRESENTED BY 2 MPs
Belfast Population – 49,938
Belfast Electorate – 1,659 electors

 

 

1832

Lord Arthur Chichester
J E Tennent

R J Tennent

William Sharman Crawford

L

L

L

L

834

723

625

616

 

 

 

 

1835

J E Tennent

John McCance

Lord Arthur Chichester

John French

C

L

C

L

773

719

713

    3

 

 

 

 

1835

On death of McCance

George Dunbar

R J Tennent

 

C

L

 

162

  82

 

 

 

 

1837

James Gibson

Earl of Belfast (G H Chichester)

J E Tennent

George Dunbar

L

L

C

C

941

922

915

866

 

 

 

 

1838

On petition Gibson & Earl of Belfast unseated

Tennent and Dunbar

declared elected 8 March 1838

 

 

 

 

 

 

1841

J E Tennent

W G Johnson

Earl of Belfast

D R Ross

C

C

L

L

927

913

821

792

 

 

 

 

1842

On petition Tennent & Johnson unseated & new writ issued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1842

D R Ross

J E Tennent

Lord  H F Chichester

L

C

C

886

859

500

 

 

 

 

1847

R H Tennent

Lord J L Chichester

George Suffern

L

P

C

929

747

689

 

 

 

 

1852

Richard Davison

H McC Cairns

R J Tennent

C

C

L

1,259

1,193

   904

 

 

 

 

1857

H McC Cairns QC

Richard Davison

J R McClean

J F Ferguson

Thomas McClure

C

C

L

L

L

1,479

1,410

   995

   733

   566

 

 

 

 

1858

Cairns app. S.G.

H McC Cairns QC
 

C

 

 

 

 

 

1859

Sir H McC Cairns QC

Richard Davison

C

C

 

 

 

 

 

1860

Davison resigns

SG Getty
 

C

 

 

 

 

1861 - ALL OF BELFAST REPRESENTED BY 2 MPs
Belfast Population – 78,344
Belfast Electorate – 3,570 electors
 
 

1865

Sir H McC Cairns QC

SG Getty

Lord John Hay

C

C

L

1,822

1,728

   991

 

 

 

 

1866

Cairns app. A G for England

Sir H McC Cairns QC
 

C

 

 

 

 

 

1866

Cairns app. Lord justice

of appeal in chancery, England

Charles Lanyon

William McMechan

 

 

C

C

 

 

1,263

     13

 

 

 

 

1868

William Johnston

Thomas McClure

Sir Charles Lanyon

John Mulholland

C

L

C

C

5,975

4,202

3,540

1,580

 

 

 

 

1874

J P Corry

William Johnston

Thomas McClure

John Rea

C

C

L

C

8,412

8,176

4,096

   506

 

 

 

 

1878

Johnston app. Inspector of fisheries in Ireland

William Ewart

Robert Seeds LLD QC

 

C

C

 

8,241

4,895

 

 

 

 

1880

William Ewart

J P Corry

Robert Seeds LLD QC

J S Brown

C

C

C

L

8,132

7,683

6,119

5,122

 

 

1881 – First Division of BELFAST into 4 Parliamentary Constituencies
Belfast Population – 208,122
Belfast Electorate – 21,989 electors

 

 

1885

E S W de Cobain

Sir J P Corry

R W Murray

IndC

C

L

3,033

2,929

870

 

 

 

 

1886

E S W de Cobain

Robert McCalmont

U

L

5,055

1,239

 

 

1891 –EAST BELFAST a single Parliamentary Constituency
East Belfast Population - 85,661

East Belfast Electorate – 10,793

 

 

1892

De Cobain expelled from House of Commons

G W Wolff

Sir W T Charley QC

 
U

IndU

 

4,746

2,607

 

 

 

 

1892

G W Wolff

U

 

 

 

 

 

1895

G W Wolff

U

 

 

 

 

 

1900

G W Wolff

U

 

 

 

 

 

1906

G W Wolff

U

 

 

 

 

 

1910

G W Wolff

U

 

 

 

 

 

1910

RJ McMordie

U

 

 

1911 –EAST BELFAST a single Parliamentary Constituency
East Belfast Population – 135,788

East Belfast Electorate – 17,176

 

 

1914

On death of McMordie

Col R G Sharman Crawford

 

U

 

 

 

1918 –BELFAST divided into 8 Parliamentary Constituencies 2 of which were in east Belfast
Pottinger Population – 39,173         Victoria Population– 47,260

Pottinger Electorate – 17,084          Victoria Electorate – 19,494

 

 

1918

Pottinger

Capt Herbert Dixon

S C Porter

J H Bennett

Bernard Campbell

U

LRC

IndL

SF

8,574

2,513

   659

   393

 

 

 

 

1918

Victoria

Thompson Donald

Robert Waugh

Miss Winifred Carney

LabU

LRC

SF

9,309

3,469

539

 

 

 1922 – EAST BELFAST a single Parliamentary Constituency

 

 

1922

TH Dixon

CUU

 

 

 

 

 

1923

Rt Hon H Dixon

CUU

 

 

 

 

 

1924

Rt Hon H Dixon

CUU

 

 

 

 

 

1929

56,426

65.7%

Rt Hon H Dixon

D Ireland

CUU

L

27,855 (75.1)

  9,230 (24.9)

18,625

 

 

 

 

1931

57,166

66.2%

Rt Hon H Dixon

J Campbell

CUU

Lab

28,431 (75.1)

  9,410 (24.9)

19,021

 

 

 

 

1935

Rt Hon H Dixon

CUU

 

 

 

 

 

1939

Elevation to the Peerage – Lord Glentoran

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940

HP Harland

CUU

 

 

 

 

 

1945

60,175

63.2%

T L Cole

T W Boyd

UU

Lab

21,443 (56.4)

16,574 (43.6)

  4,869

 

 

 

 

1950

61,561

76.6%

A J McKibbin

T W Boyd

UU

Lab

29,844 (63.3)

17,338 (36.7)

12,506

 

 

 

 

1951

62,798

74.5%

A J McKibbin

T W Boyd

UU
Lab

28,881 (61.7)

17,910 (38.3)

10,971

 

 

 

 

1955

 

61,258

70.4%

A J McKibbin

T W Boyd

L Mulcahy

UU

Lab

SF

26,938 (62.5)

13,041 (30.2)

  3,156 (  7.3)

13,897

 

 

 

 

1959

(19/3)

 

58,388

57.9%

On the death of AJ McKibbin

S R McMaster

J S Gardener

 

UU

Lab

 

19,524 (57.8)

14,264 (42.2)

  5,260

 

 

 

 

1959

 

58,663

75.2%

S R McMaster

J S Gardner

B Boswell

UU

Lab

SF

26,510 (60.1)

16,412 (37.2)

  1,204 (  2.7)

10,098

 

 

 

 

1964

 

58,196

72.5%

S R McMaster

S J Watt

D McConnell

UU

Lab

Rep

24,804 (58.8)

15,555 (36.9)

  1,827 (  4.3)

  9,249

 

 

 

 

1966

57,077

68.2%

S R McMaster

R M McBirney

 

UU

Lab

21,283 (54.7)

17,650 (45.3)

  3,633

 

 

 

 

1970

59,524

75.7%

S R McMaster

D W Bleakley

UU

Lab

26,778 (59.5)

18,259 (40.5)

  8,519

 

 

 

 

1974

Feb

78,821

73.1%

W Craig

SR McMaster

D Bleakley

DE Gillespie

 

VUP UUUC

UU

NILP

SDLP

27,817

20,077

  8,122

  1,502

  7,740

 

 

 

 

1974

Oct

79,629

67.4%

W Craig

P McLaughlin

D Bleakley

VUP UUUC

UPNI

NILP

31,594

14,417

  7,415

17,177

 

 

 

 

1979

May

75,496

67.7%

P Robinson

W Craig

O Napier

N Agnew

G Chambers

DUP

UUP

AP

UPNI

NILP

 

15,994

15,930

15,066

  2,017

  1,982

      64

 

 

 

 

1983

June

55,581

70.0%

P Robinson
J Burchill     
O Napier      
D Donaldson
M Tang        
P Prendiville
F Cullen       
H Boyd        

DUP

UUP

AP

SF

L&TU

SDLP

WP

Ind

17,631 (45.3)

  9,642 (24.8)

  9,373 (24.1)

     682 (  1.8)

     584 (  1.5)

     519 (  1.3)

     421 (  1.1)

      59  (  0.2)

  7,989

 

 

 

 

 

1985

Dec

Robinson resigned in protest at the Anglo Irish Agreement & fought By-election to test public opinion

 

 

 

 

 

 

1986

Jan

 

 

55,319

61.9%

P Robinson

O Napier

F Cullen

DUP

AP

WP

27,607 (81.0)

  5,917 (17.4)

     578 (  1.7)

21,690

 

 

 

 

 

1987

June

 

 

54,666

60.0%

P Robinson
J Alderdice
F Cullen
J O'Donnell

 

DUP

AP

WP

SF

 

20,372 (61.9)

10,574 (32.1)

  1,314 (  4.0)

     649 (  2.0)

  9,798

 

 

 

 

1992

Apr

 

 

 

 

 

52,869

67.7%

P Robinson

J Alderdice

D Greene

D Dunlop

J O’Donnell

J Bell

G Redden

DUP

AP

C

IndUU

SF

WP

NLP

18,437 (51.5)

10,650 (29.8)

  3,314 (  9.8)

  2,256 (  6.3)

     679 (  1.9)

     327 (  0.9)

     128 (  0.4)

  7,787

 

 

 

 

1997

June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

61,837

63.1%

P Robinson

R Empey

J Hendron

S Dines

D Corr

P Lewsley

D Dougan

J Bell

D Collins

 

 

DUP

UUP

AP

C

SF

SDLP

Ind

WP

NLP

16,640 (42.6)

  9,886 (25.3)

  9,288 (23.8)

     928 (  2.4)

     810 (  2.1)

     629 (  1.6)

     541 (  1.4)

     237 (  0.6)

       70 (  0.2)

   6,754

 

 

 

 

2001

June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58,455

63.0%

P Robinson

T Lemon

D Alderdice

D Ervine

J O’Donnell

C Farren

T Dick

J Bell

G Weiss

 

DUP

UUP

AP

PUP

SF

SDLP

C

WP

Ind

15,667 (42.5)

  8,550 (23.2)

  5,832 (15.8)

  3,669 (10.0)

  1,237 (  3.4)

     888 (  2.4)

     800 (  2.2)

     123 (  0.3)

       71 (  0.2)

  7,117

 
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