1977 Larne Borough Council election
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All 15 seats to Larne Borough Council
8 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Alliance Vanguard DUP
Seats won 4 3 3
Seat change Increase 1 Increase 3 Increase 3

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party UUP Independent SDLP
Seats won 2 2 1
Seat change Increase 1 Steady Increase 1

  Seventh party Eighth party
 
Party Loyalist Independent Unionist
Seats won 0 0
Seat change Decrease 8 Decrease 1

Elections to Larne 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

Larne Borough Council Election Result 1977[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Alliance 4 1 0 Increase1 26.7 25.8 1,965 Increase0.3
  Vanguard 3 3 0 New 20.0 27.2 2,067 New
  DUP 3 3 0 New 20.0 24.9 1,898 New
  Independent 2 1 1 Steady 13.3 11.1 844 Increase1.7
  UUP 2 1 0 Increase1 13.3 6.8 515 Increase2.0
  SDLP 1 1 0 Increase1 6.7 0.0 0 Decrease4.1
  Dominion Party 0 0 0 New 0.0 2.3 178 New
  UUUP 0 0 0 New 0.0 1.9 146 New

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Larne Borough Council election, 1977
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
Alliance Vanguard DUP UUP Others
Area A N/A 1 N/A 0 N/A 1 N/A 1 N/A 1 4
Area B 21.5 1 23.3 1 36.9 1 18.3 1 0.0 0 4
Area C 27.7 2 28.8 2 19.7 1 1.7 0 22.1 2 7
Total 25.8 4 27.2 3 24.9 3 6.8 2 15.3 3 15

Districts results

Area A

1973: 1 x Alliance, 1 x UUP, 1 x Loyalist, 1 x Independent
1977: 1 x Alliance, 1 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP
1973-1977 Change: SDLP gain from Independent, Loyalist joins DUP

Larne Area A - 4 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
DUP Samuel Martin* N/A N/A
UUP Thomas Robinson N/A N/A
Alliance Hugh Wilson* N/A N/A
SDLP John Turnly N/A N/A
Electorate: N/A   Valid: N/A   Spoilt: N/A   Quota: N/A   Turnout: N/A

Area B

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

Larne Area B - 4 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3
DUP Roy Beggs* 29.20% 675    
Alliance William Calwell 21.54% 498    
UUP Alexander Hunter* 18.30% 423 457.88 517.88
Vanguard Laurence Niblock 13.02% 301 309.64 464.64
DUP Horace Stronge 7.66% 177 321 336
Vanguard Robert Semple* 10.29% 238 261.04  
Electorate: 4,705   Valid: 2,312 (49.14%)   Spoilt: 103   Quota: 463   Turnout: 2,415 (51.33%)

Area C

1973: 4 x Loyalist, 2 x Alliance, 1 x Independent
1977: 2 x Alliance, 2 x Vanguard, 2 x Independent, 1 x DUP
1973-1977 Change: Independent gain from Loyalist, Loyalist (three seats) join Vanguard (two seats) and DUP

Larne Area C - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Vanguard Thomas Seymour* 24.01% 1,273                    
Alliance William Kelly* 17.34% 919                    
DUP Jack McKee* 11.94% 633 645 645.84 650.84 679.84            
Alliance Thomas Benson* 6.83% 362 419.6 564.36 572.8 575.28 575.28 577.76 579.04 735.04    
Independent Kathleen O'Brien 9.32% 494 550.64 561.56 580.84 610.68 611.35 626.83 636.87 675.03    
Vanguard Rosalie Armstrong* 3.24% 172 361.6 363 381.44 408.68 410.69 424.61 578.93 610.89 626.53 629.05
Independent Agnew Hamilton 6.60% 350 439.76 449.84 461.96 484.24 485.58 495.06 510.46 563.26 618.34 623.94
DUP Winston Fulton 7.79% 413 419.24 420.08 424.56 447.04 458.43 588.77 605.25 609.01 609.69 610.25
Alliance John Snoddy 3.51% 186 236.4 313.4 319.4 327.12 327.12 381.92 339.12      
Vanguard Frederick Dodds 1.57% 83 183.8 186.04 194.96 213.88 213.88 220.88        
Dominion Party James Wisely 3.36% 178 183.28 184.68 189.16 199.64 200.98          
UUUP Thomas McKeever* 2.75% 146 168.08 168.64 182.68              
UUP Alexander Marrs 1.74% 92 104.96 106.92                
Electorate: 10,203   Valid: 5,301 (51.96%)   Spoilt: 145   Quota: 663   Turnout: 5,446 (53.38%)

References

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