Newtownabbey (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 54°41′06″N 5°57′58″W / 54.685°N 5.966°W / 54.685; -5.966

Former County Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland

Newtownabbey shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created 1969
Abolished 1973
Election method First past the post

Newtownabbey was a single-member county constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.

Boundaries and boundary changes

Before 1969, the area formed part of the Northern Ireland Parliament constituencies of Antrim Borough and Carrick.

Newtownabbey was created by the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1968 as a division of County Antrim. It was located to the north of Belfast and comprised "part of the urban district of Newtownabbey which consists of the wards of Carnmoney, Cavehill, Glengormley, Whitehouse, and Whitewell".

The constituency sent one MP to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland from the Northern Ireland general election, 1969. The Parliament was prorogued on 30 March 1972, under the terms of the Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Act 1972. It was formally abolished in 1973 when the Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973 received Royal Assent on 18 July 1973.

The Parliamentary representative of the division was elected using the first-past-the-post system.

Member of Parliament: House of Commons (Northern Ireland)

1969 Robin John Bailie Ulster Unionist
1973 constituency abolished

Election: House of Commons (Northern Ireland)

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General Election 24 February 1969: Newtownabbey
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Robin John Bailie 9,852 74.29 N/A
NI Labour Jack McDowell 3,410 25.71 N/A
Majority 6,442 48.57 N/A
Turnout 22,151 59.87.32 N/A
UUP gain from new seat Swing N/A


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