Ian Paisley at Election Nomination Night, 1964

Ian Paisley at Election Nomination Night, 1964

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Belfast City Hall, Downpatrick




Production 30/09/1964


04min 34sec





black and white


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Ian Paisley outside Belfast City Hall on election nomination night. Although he did not run for election this time, the crowds around him indicate his popularity and he was a prominent voice during this election. The elected MP, Jim Kilfedder, partly credited his electoral success to Paisley’s actions at this time. 

We also see incumbent MP Henry Clark being told his papers are faulty.  Sir Samuel Knox Cunningham also hands in his papers in Downpatrick. 


During the 1964 UK general election campaign, an Irish republican candidate displayed an Irish tricolour from the window of his office in a republican area of Belfast. Paisley threatened that if the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) did not remove the tricolour he would lead a march to the office and take it down himself. The Flags and Emblems Act banned the public display of any symbol, with the exception of the Union Flag, that could cause a breach of the peace. In response, armed officers arrived at the building, smashed their way inside and seized the flag. This led to severe rioting between republicans and the RUC. Thirty people, including at least 18 officers, had to be hospitalised. Unionist Jim Kilfedder retained the Unionist West Belfast seat he said, in part thanks to Paisley’s actions. 

Henry Clarke was a Unionist MP. He would lose his seat to Ian Paisley in 1970. 

Sir Samuel Knox Cuningham, 1st Baronet, QC (3 April 1909 – 29 July 1976), was a Northern Irish barrister, businessman and politician. As an Ulster Unionist politician at a time when the Unionists were part of the Conservative Party, he was also a significant figure in United Kingdom politics as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Harold Macmillan.  


An Ulster Television Production.



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