1977 Carrickfergus Borough Council election
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All 15 seats to Carrickfergus Borough Council
8 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Alliance UUP DUP
Seats won 5 5 3
Seat change Increase 2 Steady Increase 3

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party Unionist Party NI United Loyalist Loyalist
Seats won 1 1 0
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 4 Decrease 1

  Seventh party
 
Party Independent
Seats won 0
Seat change Decrease 1

Elections to Carrickfergus Borough Council were held on 18 May 1977 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used three district electoral areas to elect a total of 15 councillors.

Election results

Carrickfergus Borough Council Election Result 1977[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Alliance 5 2 0 Increase2 33.3 30.1 2,957 Increase7.8
  UUP 5 0 0 Steady 33.3 27.5 2,698 Decrease0.8
  DUP 3 3 0 New 20.0 17.6 1,735 New
  United Loyalist 1 0 4 Decrease4 6.7 10.4 1,021 Decrease21.2
  Unionist Party NI 1 1 0 New 0.0 10.1 992 New
  UUUP 0 0 0 New 0.0 2.4 237 New
  Independent 0 0 1 Decrease1 0.0 1.9 183 Decrease7.4

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Carrickfergus Borough Council election, 1977
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
Alliance UUP DUP UPNI Others
Area A 29.9 2 29.2 2 12.1 0 10.4 0 18.4 1 5
Area B 36.6 2 38.6 2 12.2 1 0.0 0 12.6 0 5
Area C 23.3 1 13.8 1 28.9 2 20.7 1 13.3 0 5
Total 30.1 5 27.5 5 17.6 3 10.1 1 14.7 1 15

Districts results

Area A

1973: 2 x UUP, 1 x United Loyalist, 1 x Alliance
1977: 2 x Alliance, 2 x UUP, 1 x United Loyalist
1973-1977 Change: Alliance gain from United Loyalist

Carrickfergus Area A - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Alliance Joan Tomlin* 22.67% 709              
United Loyalist Charles Johnston* 18.39% 575              
UUP Mary Ardill 12.25% 383 387.16 389.77 414.39 476.19 562.19    
Alliance Stewart Dickson 7.26% 227 383 384.89 394.67 399.63 519.97    
UUP Robert Hunter 7.45% 233 235.08 236.61 275.96 371.1 458.42 486.15 494.41
DUP Joseph Seaton 12.09% 378 382.42 419.59 423.12 447.11 477.88 479.06 479.06
Unionist Party NI William Johnstone 10.39% 325 335.4 337.83 343.27 363.36      
UUP Robert McAllister* 5.31% 166 167.3 169.28 217.16        
UUP Edward Simms* 4.19% 131 133.6 135.4          
Electorate: 5,868   Valid: 3,127 (53.29%)   Spoilt: 140   Quota: 522   Turnout: 3,267 (55.67%)

Area B

1973: 2 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x United Loyalist, 1 x Independent
1977: 2 x UUP, 2 x Alliance, 1 x DUP
1973-1977 Change: Alliance and DUP gain from United Loyalist and Independent

Carrickfergus Area B - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Alliance Charles Hilditch 21.44% 745            
UUP George Armstrong 19.65% 683            
DUP Desmond Scott 12.23% 425 425.22 427.92 453.37 617.37    
Alliance Patrick Conway 7.80% 271 349.1 350.15 367.38 369.75 370.57 617.57
UUP Hugh McLean* 11.94% 415 425.56 455.41 493.75 514.72 527.43 557.53
UUP David McCune* 11.94% 244 255.44 308.84 332.18 390.68 411.18 447.27
Alliance Alice Bateman 7.37% 256 306.38 309.83 341.35 348.09 351.37  
United Loyalist James Brown 7.28% 253 254.1 260.55 278.77      
Independent Elizabeth McMaster 5.27% 183 192.02 195.77        
Electorate: 6,389   Valid: 3,475 (54.39%)   Spoilt: 91   Quota: 580   Turnout: 3,566 (55.81%)

Area C

1973: 2 x United Loyalist, 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Loyalist
1977: 2 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x UPNI, 1 x UUP
1973-1977 Change: DUP (two seats) and UPNI gain from United Loyalist (two seats) and Loyalist

Carrickfergus Area C - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
DUP Ken McFaul* 24.46% 788            
Unionist Party NI Samuel Murphy 20.71% 667            
DUP John Moore 4.47% 144 313.57 320.17 421.38 430.11 608.11  
UUP Samuel Simms* 7.39% 238 242.96 282.16 294.29 493.93 557.93  
Alliance Sean Neeson 12.26% 395 396.55 412.55 414.95 423.06 435.78 444.78
Alliance Alison Lowry 10.99% 354 355.86 374.06 378.46 388.88 398.8 417.8
UUUP Gladys Ritchie* 7.36% 237 270.48 278.68 351.59 369.03    
UUP James Penny 6.36% 205 209.34 244.14 253.27      
United Loyalist Ernest Burton* 5.99% 193 220.9 224.9        
Electorate: 6,524   Valid: 3,221 (49.37%)   Spoilt: 155   Quota: 537   Turnout: 3,376 (51.75%)

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Elections 1973-1981: Carrickfergus". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c "Local Government Results 1977". EONI. Retrieved 8 July 2021.