Belfast East (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

For other constituencies of the same name, see Belfast East (disambiguation).

Coordinates: 54°36′14″N 5°52′34″W / 54.604°N 5.876°W / 54.604; -5.876

Belfast East
Former Borough Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland

Belfast East shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created 1921
Abolished 1929
Election method Single transferable vote

Belfast East was a borough constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland from 1921 - 1929. It returned four MPs, using the single transferable vote method of proportional representation.


Belfast East contained the Dock, Pottinger and Victoria wards of the County Borough of Belfast. In 1929, the constituency was divided into the Belfast Bloomfield, Belfast Dock, Belfast Pottinger and Belfast Victoria constituencies.[1]


Belfast East was a predominantly Unionist area with some pockets of labour strength, returning four Unionists in 1921 and 2 Unionists, 1 Independent Unionist and a Northern Ireland Labour Party MP in 1925.

Members of Parliament

Election Member
Dawson Bates
(Ulster Unionist Party)
Herbert Dixon
(Ulster Unionist Party)
Thompson Donald
(Ulster Unionist Party)
James Augustine Duff
(Ulster Unionist Party)
Jack Beattie
(Northern Ireland Labour Party)
James Woods Gyle
(Independent Unionist)
Dawson Bates
(Ulster Unionist Party)

Election results

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24 May 1921 General Election: Belfast East (4 seats)
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2Count 3Count 4
UUP Sir Dawson Bates 27.9 10,026      
UUP Herbert Dixon 24.6 8,849      
UUP Thompson Donald 19.1 6,856 9,262    
UUP James Augustine Duff 10.0 3,585 3,956 6,027 7,662
Sinn Féin Archibald Savage 10.0 3,573 3,575 3,576 3,577
Nationalist Thomas Joseph Campbell 6.6 2,373 2,435 2,439 2,464
Belfast Labour Harry Midgley 1.8 645 648 652 658
Electorate: 40,198   Valid: 35,907   Quota: 7,182   Turnout: 89.3%
    1925 General Election: Belfast East (4 seats)
    Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2Count 3
    NI Labour Jack Beattie 9,330    
    UUP Herbert Dixon 8,508    
    Independent Unionist James Woods Gyle 5,997 8,394  
    UUP Sir Dawson Bates 5,744 5,816 6,581
    UUP Thompson Donald 1,900 2,119 2,898
    UUP James Augustine Duff 1,142 1,259 1,698
    Electorate: 44,400   Valid: 32,621   Quota: 6,525   Turnout: 73.5%


      1. Northern Ireland Parliamentary Election results: Constituency Boundaries

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