Who is James Brown?
Brown stood as an independent Farmers and New Industries candidate in South Down at the Northern Ireland general election, 1938. The seat had previously elected Irish nationalists, but no nationalist candidate stood in 1938, and Brown easily beat his only opponent, a Northern Ireland Labour Party candidate. He immediately took the Ulster Unionist Party whip in Parliament.
At the Northern Ireland general election, 1945, Brown contested Mourne as an independent Unionist, but was defeated by the Nationalist Party candidate James McSparran. He then stood for Down at the 1945 Westminster general election. He came last out of four candidates, but took 19.1% of the vote and was less than 2,000 votes behind the last elected candidate.
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