Bernadette Devlin retains her seat at Westminster in the first general election since the Troubles began.
The first UK general election since the outbreak of the troubles in Northern Ireland was held on 18 June 1970. The Unionist vote dropped from 61.8% in the 1966 election to 54.2%. The Ulster Unionist Party now held 8 of the 12 Northern Ireland seats at Westminster, compared to the 11 they had held previously. Ian Paisley, who had recently been elected in a by-election, retained his seat as a Protestant Unionist candidate.
Bernadette Devlin, another by-election winner, also managed to keep her seat in the Mid Ulster constituency. When first elected in 1969 as a Unity candidate, the 21-year-old student and civil rights activist had become the youngest member of parliament in Westminster.
This RTÉ News report shows Bernadette Devlin celebrating her win at a rally in Omagh, Co. Tyrone.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 June 1970.