1977 Craigavon Borough Council election
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All 25 seats to Craigavon Borough Council
13 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party


Party UUP SDLP DUP
Seats won 10 6 4
Seat change Steady Increase 4 Increase 1

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party


Party Alliance UUUP Republican Clubs
Seats won 3 1 1
Seat change Decrease 1 Increase 1 Increase 1

  Seventh party Eighth party Ninth party


Party Vanguard Independent Unionist Independent Nationalist
Seats won 0 0 0
Seat change Decrease 4 Decrease 1 Decrease 1

Elections to Craigavon Borough Council were held on 18 May 1977 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used four district electoral areas to elect a total of 25 councillors.

Election results

Craigavon Borough Council Election Result 1977[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  UUP 10 1 1 Steady 40.0 31.4 8,827 Decrease5.5
  SDLP 6 4 0 Increase4 24.0 23.4 6,595 Increase16.7
  DUP 4 2 1 Increase1 16.0 17.3 4,871 Increase5.7
  Alliance 3 0 1 Decrease1 12.0 11.3 3,173 Decrease4.7
  UUUP 1 1 0 New 4.0 6.8 1,907 New
  Republican Clubs 1 1 0 Increase1 4.0 5.6 1,578 Decrease0.4
  Vanguard 0 0 4 Decrease4 0.0 2.1 599 Decrease13.9
  Unionist Party NI 0 0 0 New 0.0 1.5 426 New
  Independent 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.6 167 Increase0.6

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Craigavon Borough Council election, 1977
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
UUP SDLP DUP Alliance UUUP RC Others
Area A 14.5 1 45.9 3 12.8 0 10.7 0 0.0 0 16.0 1 0.0 0 5
Area B 38.2 3 17.3 1 19.1 1 17.9 2 3.8 0 0.0 0 3.7 0 7
Area C 21.5 2 28.5 2 9.7 1 10.8 1 7.8 0 9.5 0 12.2 0 6
Area D 46.0 4 8.9 0 26.0 2 5.9 0 13.2 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 7
Total 31.4 10 23.4 6 17.3 4 11.3 3 6.8 1 5.6 1 4.2 0 25

Districts results

Area A

1973: 1 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x DUP, 1 x Independent Nationalist
1977: 3 x SDLP, 1 x Republican Clubs, 1 x UUP
1973-1977 Change: SDLP and Republican Clubs gain from Alliance and DUP, Independent Nationalist joins SDLP

Craigavon Area A - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
SDLP James McDonald* 18.68% 1,013          
SDLP Sean McCavanagh 16.56% 898 964.4        
Republican Clubs Malachy McGurran 16.00% 868 875.5 877.5 882.72 1,072.72  
SDLP Patrick Crilly* 10.71% 581 595.6 596.7 646.83 916.83  
UUP James Gillespie 8.19% 444 444.5 723.6 723.6 751.69 767.69
DUP Frederick Baird* 12.83% 696 696.2 737.6 737.6 740.97 742.97
Alliance Donnell Deeny* 10.75% 583 591.3 601.4 605.27    
UUP Eric McKeown 6.29% 341 341.8        
Electorate: 8,541   Valid: 5,424 (63.51%)   Spoilt: 321   Quota: 905   Turnout: 5,745 (67.26%)

Area B

1973: 2 x UUP, 2 x Alliance, 2 x Vanguard, 1 x Independent Unionist
1977: 3 x UUP, 2 x Alliance, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP
1973-1977 Change: DUP and SDLP gain from Vanguard (two seats), Independent Unionist joins UUP

Craigavon Area B - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
UUP Herbert Whitten* 25.60% 1,863                      
UUP John Wright* 6.28% 457 919.57                    
UUP Alan Locke* 6.32% 460 779.66 808.21 812.76 834.33 931.33            
DUP Gladys McCullough 7.50% 546 562.83 565.83 593.34 682.91 712.03 910.03          
SDLP Daniel Murphy 11.05% 804 804 804 804 804 804 804 1,203        
Alliance Sean Hagan* 11.31% 823 827.08 834.08 835.08 841.08 850.08 854.08 900.08 1,130.63      
Alliance William Ramsay* 6.64% 483 511.56 511.56 516.56 525.56 559.17 570.25 577.25 637.28 788.66 797.66 800.42
DUP James Forsythe 6.84% 498 508.71 510.22 519.73 561.81 605.95 782.21 783.21 784.08 784.08 795.96 798.19
SDLP Mary Mackle 6.28% 457 457 457 458 458 458 459          
DUP William Stothers 4.75% 346 364.36 364.36 376.87 400.91 424.48            
Vanguard Samuel McCammick* 2.90% 211 245.68 274.7 279.21 292.74              
UUUP John Lyttle 1.98% 144 159.3 163.81 231.34                
UUUP James McBratney 1.80% 131 137.12 139.12                  
Vanguard William Lappin 0.74% 54 58.59                    
Electorate: 12,358   Valid: 7,277 (58.88%)   Spoilt: 390   Quota: 910   Turnout: 7,667 (62.04%)

Area C

1973: 3 x UUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Vanguard
1977: 2 x UUP, 2 x SDLP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x DUP
1973-1977 Change: SDLP and DUP gain from UUP and Vanguard

Craigavon Area C - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
SDLP Hugh News* 15.90% 1,194                      
SDLP Robert McEvoy 8.99% 675 735.5 741.2 790 790 792 807.5 817.1 1,082.9      
UUP Frank Dale* 11.37% 854 854 854 854 870 966 966 974 974 1,088    
DUP Ronald Williamson 9.67% 726 726 726 726 741 747 747 748 748 798 832 1,175
UUP Mary Simpson 7.07% 531 531 538 538 539.1 634.1 634.1 634.1 634.1 719.1 946.1 1,069.1
Alliance Brian English 6.01% 451 453.6 519.7 530.8 534.8 543.8 543.8 773.1 787.3 802.3 965.5 974.5
Republican Clubs Patrick O'Malley 6.02% 452 464.3 465.5 490.1 490.1 490.1 738 746.4 796 796 796 798
UUUP William Cooper 5.10% 383 383 385 387 512 518 518 521 521 563 592  
Unionist Party NI Florence Woodman 5.67% 426 426.3 438.3 438.3 445.3 454.3 454.3 456.4 456.4 491.4    
Vanguard Frederick Crowe* 4.45% 334 334 336 336 355 358 358 360 360      
SDLP Virginia King 3.58% 269 300.2 301.3 336.9 336.9 336.9 341.6 357        
Alliance William Blanton 3.26% 245 246.5 263.6 281.2 287.2 290.2 293.2          
Republican Clubs Roger Monteith 3.44% 258 260.2 260.4 280.8 281.8 282.8            
UUP James Glenn 3.01% 226 226 227 228 235              
UUUP Robert Anderson 2.69% 202 202.1 203.1 203.1                
Independent Hugh Casey 2.22% 167 172.2 172.3                  
Alliance Michael Stevenson 1.56% 117 118.5                    
Electorate: 13,624   Valid: 7,510 (55.12%)   Spoilt: 325   Quota: 1,073   Turnout: 7,835 (57.51%)

Area D

1973: 4 x UUP, 2 x DUP, 1 x Vanguard
1977: 4 x UUP, 2 x DUP, 1 x UUUP
1973-1977 Change: Vanguard joins UUUP

Craigavon Area D - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
DUP David Calvert* 13.63% 1,081            
UUUP Philip Black* 10.68% 847 969 1,011        
UUP James Baird* 11.54% 915 928 933 937 1,016    
DUP Thomas Willey* 8.55% 678 703 922 989.76 994.76    
UUP Sydney Cairns* 10.55% 837 849 874 880.64 927.64 1,197.64  
UUP Eric Crozier 8.94% 709 715 720 723.12 791.28 917.6 998.94
UUP Thomas Creith* 8.62% 684 687 689 690.76 765.76 876 997.52
SDLP Brid Rodgers 8.88% 704 704 704 704.08 802.16 808.16 810.12
UUP Thomas Megarrell* 6.38% 506 511 520 521.52 565.52    
Alliance Charles Phillips 5.94% 471 472 472 472.32      
DUP Harold Glass 3.78% 300 313          
UUUP John Dummigan 2.52% 200            
Electorate: 13,004   Valid: 7,932 (61.00%)   Spoilt: 366   Quota: 992   Turnout: 8,298 (63.81%)

References

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