Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1973


Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1973
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1973

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All 78 seats to the Northern Ireland Assembly
40 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Brian Faulkner Gerry Fitt Ian Paisley
Party Ulster Unionist SDLP Democratic Unionist
Leader since 23 March 1971 21 August 1970 30 September 1971
Leader's seat South Down Belfast North North Antrim
Last election N/A N/A N/A
Seats won 31 19 8
Seat change increase 31 increase 19 increase 8
Popular vote 258,790 159,773 78,228
Percentage 35.8% 22.1% 10.8%
Swing increase 35.8% increase 22.1% increase 10.8%

  Fourth party Fifth party
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Leader William Craig Oliver Napier
Party Vanguard Alliance
Leader since 9 February 1972 1972
Leader's seat North Antrim Belfast East
Last election N/A N/A
Seats won 7 8
Seat change increase 7 increase 8
Popular vote 75,709 66,541
Percentage 11.5% 9.2%
Swing increase 11.5% increase 9.2%

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Percentage of seats gained by each of the party.

Chief Executive before election

New position

Elected Chief Executive

Brian Faulkner

Northern Ireland 1973–98

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The 1973 elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly took place following the publication of the British government's white paper Northern Ireland Constitutional Proposals which proposed a 78-member Northern Ireland Assembly, elected by proportional representation.

A cross-community coalition of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) under Brian Faulkner, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) and the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland was agreed in November, and following the Sunningdale Agreement, a Power Sharing Executive was established from 1 January 1974. After opposition from within the UUP and the Ulster Workers Council Strike, the executive and assembly collapsed in May 1974.

The election results were:

Party Votes Vote % Seats Seats % gain loss net
Ulster Unionist (pro-assembly) 182,696 25.3 24 30.8
SDLP 159,773 22.1 19 24.4
Democratic Unionist 78,228 10.8 8 10.3
Ulster Unionist (anti-assembly) 76,094 10.5 7 9
Vanguard 75,709 11.5 7 9
Alliance 66,541 9.2 8 10.3
Labour (NI) 18,675 2.6 1 1.3
West Belfast Loyalist Coalition 16,869 2.3 3 3.8
Independent Unionist 13,755 1.9 1 1.3
Republican Clubs 13,064 1.8 0
Nationalist (NI) 6,270 0.9 0
Independent 4,091 0.6 0
Loyalist 2,752 0.4 0
Independent pro-White Paper 2,008 0.3 0
Independent Nationalist 2,000 0.3 0
Republican Labour 1,750 0.2 0
Liberal 811 0.1 0
National Front 591 0.1 0
Ulster Constitutional Loyalist 202 0.0 0
Independent Loyalist 189 0.0 0
Communist Party 123 0.0 0
All parties listed.

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Votes summary

Popular vote
UUP pro-white paper
  
25.3%
SDLP
  
22.1%
UUP anti-white paper
  
10.54%
Democratic Unionist
  
10.83%
Vanguard
  
10.48%
Alliance
  
9.21%
Labour
  
2.59%
West Belfast Loyalist
  
2.34%
Independent Unionist
  
1.9%
Republican Clubs
  
1.81%
Nationalist
  
0.87%
Independent
  
0.57%
Other
  
1.45%
Total Ulster Unionist
  
35.83%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
UUP pro-white paper
  
30.77%
SDLP
  
24.36%
UUP anti-white paper
  
8.97%
Democratic Unionist
  
10.26%
Vanguard
  
8.97%
Alliance
  
10.26%
Labour
  
1.28%
West Belfast Loyalist
  
3.85%
Independent Unionist
  
1.28%
Total Ulster Unionist
  
39.74%

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