Independent Unionist

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See also Independent (politician).

Independent Unionist has been a label sometimes used by candidates in elections in the United Kingdom, indicating a support for Unionism, retaining the unity of the British state.

It is most popularly associated with candidates in elections for the Parliament of Northern Ireland. Such candidates supported the positions of Unionism in Northern Ireland but, for various reasons, could not reconcile to themselves to the Ulster Unionist Party or other leading groups. It was also used by Unionists in what became the Irish Free State, as they were unionists, but not in Ulster. The label was also used in Scotland, demonstrating an association with ideology of the Unionist Party, the predecessor to the modern Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

At the Northern Ireland general election, 1938 Tommy Henderson and five defeated candidates stood for the "Independent Unionist Association", which was distinct from other Independent Unionists.

Notable users of the title

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Biographies of Members of the Northern Ireland House of Commons
  2. Mid-Ulster 1950-1970
  4. W.D. Flackes & Sydney Elliott, Northern Ireland: A Political Directory 1968-1993, Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1994, p. 305
  5. North Belfast 1973-1982
  6. Local Government Elections 1985 - 1989: Belfast
  7. Newtownabbey Borough Council Elections 1993-2011
  8. East Londonderry
  9. Upper Bann
  10. Lagan Valley
  11. John McCallister resigns from the UUP
  12. Magee, Kevin (23 November 2015). "Ruth Patterson: Belfast councillor will not appeal DUP expulsion". BBC News NI. Retrieved 11 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>