Northern Ireland general election, 1921

Northern Ireland general election, 1921
Northern Ireland general election, 1921
Northern Ireland
1918 ←
24 May 1921
→ 1925

All 52 seats to the Northern Ireland House of Commons
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  James Craig Viscount Craigavon.jpg Eamon de Valera c 1922-30.jpg Joe Devlin.JPG
Leader James Craig Éamon de Valera Joe Devlin
Party Ulster Unionist Sinn Féin Nationalist (NI)
Leader since 1921 1917 1918
Leader's seat Down Down Belfast West
Seats won increase 40 increase 6 increase 6
Popular vote 343,347 104,917 60,577
Percentage increase 66.9% increase 20.5% increase 11.8%

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Percentage of seats gained by each of the party.

Prime Minister before election


Elected Prime Minister

James Craig
Ulster Unionist

Northern Ireland 1921–72
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The Northern Ireland general election, 1921 was held on 24 May 1921. It was the first election to the Parliament of Northern Ireland. Ulster Unionist Party members won a two-thirds majority of votes cast and more than three-quarter of the seats in the assembly.



Northern Ireland General Election 1921
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Ulster Unionist 40 40 N/A N/A N/A 76.92 66.9 343,347 N/A
  Sinn Féin 20 6 N/A N/A N/A 11.54 20.5 104,917 N/A
  Nationalist (NI) 12 6 N/A N/A N/A 11.54 11.8 60,577 N/A
  Belfast Labour 4 0 N/A N/A N/A 0.00 0.6 3,075 N/A
  Independent 1 0 N/A N/A N/A 0.00 0.2 926 N/A

Total electorate: 582,464; turnout: 88.0% (512,842).

Votes summary

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
Sinn Féin
Nationalist Party
Belfast Labour

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
Sinn Féin
Nationalist Party

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