Enniskillen (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

Enniskillen (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

Enniskillen was a constituency of the Northern Ireland Parliament.

Boundaries

Enniskillen was a county constituency comprising the northern part of County Fermanagh. It was created in 1929 when the House of Commons (Method of Voting and Redistribution of Seats) Act (Northern Ireland) 1929 introduced first past the post elections throughout Northern Ireland. Fermanagh South was created by the division of Fermanagh and Tyrone into eight new constituencies, of which three were in County Fermanagh. The constituency survived unchanged, returning one member of Parliament until the Northern Ireland Parliament was prorogued in 1972 and formally abolished in 1973.

Politics

Enniskillen had an Ulster Unionist majority, but a substantial Irish Nationalist minority. The seat was consistently won by the Ulster Unionist Party candidate, and it was only contested on four occasions: in 1938 by an Independent Unionist Association candidate, in 1949 by a Nationalist Party candidate, in 1965 by an Ulster Liberal Party candidate and in 1969 by both People's Democracy and independent Unionist candidates.

Members of Parliament

Elected Party Name
1929 Edward Archdale
1938 Erne Ferguson
1949 Thomas Charles Nelson
1954 Harry West

Elections

At the 1929 and 1933 general elections, Edward Archdale was elected unopposed.

At the Northern Ireland general election, 1945, Erne Ferguson was elected unopposed.

At the Enniskillen by-election, 1949 and the Northern Ireland general election, 1953, Thomas Charles Nelson was elected unopposed.

At the Enniskillen by-election, 1954 and the 1958 and 1962 general elections, Harry West was elected unopposed.

References

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