In the end despite polling nearly 14 million votes (a record at the time) and increasing their share of the poll to 48.8%, Labour lost to the Conservatives. Winston Churchill was back in power with a workable majority of 17.
In Northern Ireland the election came during a relatively quiet period. The strength of the Unionist Party was once again proven at the polls with the capture of nine of the twelve available seats. The Unionists lost West Belfast in the closest contest of the election with John Beattie (Irish Labour) regaining the seat he lost in 1950 with a 25 vote majority. The Unionist Party received 59.4% of the vote slightly down on their 1950 tally but this can be largely attributed to four seats going uncontested. This common practice between the wars would not be repeated again in a general election.
This map by Conal Kelly shows the winner in each constituency in 1951.
|Party||Votes||% Share||Seats Won|
, East Belfast, Londonderry,
North Belfast, North Down,
South Belfast and South Down)
|Nationalist||65,811||14.2%||2 MPs||(Fermanagh & South Tyrone and Mid Ulster)|
|Irish Labour||33,174||7.2%||1 MP||(West Belfast)|
Other sites based at ARK: ORB (Online Research Bank) | CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) | Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey
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Conal Kelly, 1 June 2007.
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