1977 Londonderry City Council election
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All 27 seats to Londonderry City Council
14 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party SDLP UUP Nationalist
Seats won 13 6 4
Seat change Increase 3 Increase 6 Increase 1

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party Alliance DUP United Loyalist
Seats won 2 2 0
Seat change Decrease 2 Increase 2 Decrease 9

  Seventh party
 
Party Republican Clubs
Seats won 0
Seat change Decrease 1

Elections to Londonderry City Council were held on 18 May 1977 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used five district electoral areas to elect a total of 27 councillors.

Election results

Londonderry City Council Election Result 1977[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SDLP 13 3 0 Increase3 48.1 42.1 12,462 Increase9.7
  UUP 6 6 0 New 22.2 23.5 6,969 New
  Nationalist 4 1 0 Increase1 14.8 8.9 2,638 Increase0.5
  Alliance 2 0 2 Decrease2 7.4 11.9 3,519 Decrease2.6
  DUP 2 2 0 New 7.4 6.7 1,986 New
  Independent Nationalist 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 2.4 706 Increase2.4
  Republican Clubs 0 0 1 Decrease1 0.0 1.9 551 Decrease4.3
  Vanguard 0 0 0 New 0.0 1.4 408 New
  Loyalist 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.8 273 Increase0.9
  NI Labour 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.1 44 Decrease0.2
  Independent Republican 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.2 61 Steady

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Londonderry City Council election, 1977
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
SDLP UUP Nationalist Alliance DUP Others
Area A 40.2 3 36.8 2 0.0 0 9.7 0 12.7 1 0.6 0 6
Area B 25.4 1 29.0 2 0.0 0 19.0 1 15.9 1 10.7 0 5
Area C 56.6 3 0.0 0 23.0 2 6.7 0 0.0 0 13.7 0 5
Area D 50.2 3 17.8 1 19.4 1 7.5 0 0.0 0 5.1 0 5
Area E 46.4 3 22.7 1 12.0 1 12.7 1 0.0 0 6.2 0 5
Total 42.1 13 23.5 6 8.9 4 11.9 2 6.7 2 6.9 0 27

Districts results

Area A

1973: 3 x United Loyalist, 2 x SDLP, 1 x Alliance
1977: 3 x SDLP, 2 x UUP, 1 x DUP
1973-1977 Change: UUP (two seats), DUP and SDLP gain from United Loyalists (three seats) and Alliance

Londonderry Area A - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
SDLP Thomas Doherty* 10.65% 762 780 781 781 1,124          
UUP Thomas Craig* 13.21% 945 948 963 1,002 1,004 1,004.29 1,430.29      
UUP Robert Bond* 10.12% 724 728 739 948 950 950 1,158      
DUP John Henry 9.70% 694 695 851 858 858 858 912 1,156    
SDLP John McNickle 12.33% 882 886 886 888 910 979.31 981.31 983.31 983.31 984.31
SDLP George Peoples* 10.69% 765 771 772 773 825 851.39 852.39 852.39 853.39 854.39
Alliance Arthur Barr* 7.35% 526 686 688 695 718 720.03 730.03 760.03 807.03 827.03
UUP Alan Lindsay 8.81% 630 631 642 716 717 717        
SDLP Patrick Boyle 6.49% 464 472 472 472            
UUP Vincent Lindsay 4.64% 332 332 347              
DUP Joseph Mooney 3.02% 216 217                
Alliance James Patterson 2.38% 170                  
NI Labour Delap Stevenson 0.62% 44                  
Electorate: 10,859   Valid: 7,154 (65.88%)   Spoilt: 268   Quota: 1,023   Turnout: 7,422 (68.35%)

Area B

1973: 3 x United Loyalist, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Alliance
1977: 2 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Alliance
1973-1977 Change: UUP (two seats) and DUP gain from United Loyalist (three seats)

Londonderry Area B - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Alliance Herbert Faulkner* 17.10% 1,156              
DUP Anna Hay* 10.18% 688 688 697 702 766 784 1,147  
UUP James Guy 12.31% 832 838 845 862 890 1,062 1,083 1,346
UUP Kathleen Milligan 11.48% 776 781 782 812 841 996 1,003 1,161
SDLP Michael Fegan* 15.09% 1,020 1,024 1,025 1,037 1,037 1,037 1,038 1,040
SDLP William Doherty 10.27% 694 699 700 718 718 719 722 728
Vanguard Samuel Barr 6.04% 408 409 412 428 475 486 527  
DUP Gregory Campbell 5.74% 388 389 393 393 436 447    
UUP Thomas Robinson 5.19% 351 351 352 360 380      
Loyalist Thomas Heatley 2.80% 189 190 246 247        
Alliance Florence Lewers 1.94% 131 148 148          
Loyalist William Gurney 1.24% 84 84            
NI Labour David Buchanan 0.62% 42              
Electorate: 10,601   Valid: 6,759 (63.76%)   Spoilt: 231   Quota: 1,127   Turnout: 6,990 (65.94%)

Area C

1973: 3 x SDLP, 1 x Nationalist, 1 x Republican Clubs
1977: 3 x SDLP, 2 x Nationalist
1973-1977 Change: Nationalist gain from Republican Clubs

Londonderry Area C - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
SDLP Patrick Devine* 22.47% 1,004            
SDLP Hugh Doherty* 17.50% 782            
SDLP Leonard Green 9.67% 432 624.4 644.68 661.58 763.58    
Nationalist John McChrystal 10.43% 466 471.2 472.2 515.1 533.7 588.96 595.92
Nationalist Gerard Barr* 10.70% 478 480.6 481.32 530.58 541.88 566.88 578.48
Republican Clubs Michael Montgomery* 9.36% 418 420.08 420.52 537.12 546.68 561.1 561.1
SDLP Joseph Moran 6.98% 312 358.8 365.52 370.38 419.22    
Alliance Gerard O'Grady 6.67% 298 301.9 302.7 322.34      
Republican Clubs Liam Gallagher 2.98% 133 135.34 135.82        
Nationalist George O'Connor 1.88% 84 85.04 85.16        
Independent Republican Patrick Quinn 1.37% 61 62.04 62.08        
Electorate: 9,318   Valid: 4,468 (47.95%)   Spoilt: 312   Quota: 745   Turnout: 4,780 (51.30%)

Area D

1973: 2 x SDLP, 1 x Nationalist, 1 x Alliance, 1 x United Loyalist
1977: 3 x SDLP, 1 x Nationalist, 1 x UUP
1973-1977 Change: SDLP and UUP gain from Alliance and United Loyalist

Londonderry Area D - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
SDLP Raymond McClean* 26.15% 927            
UUP Marlene Jefferson* 17.80% 631            
SDLP William Keys 16.87% 598            
SDLP William McCartney 7.14% 253 530.2 530.97 536.06 541.07 594.07  
Nationalist Liam Bradley 10.55% 374 379.76 379.98 380.08 438.17 459.54 661.54
Alliance Joe Cosgrove* 7.48% 265 284.44 317.99 318.24 325.08 375.08 385.08
Nationalist Charles McDaid 4.32% 153 163.08 163.63 163.73 240.09 245.66  
Independent Nationalist James Hegarty* 5.22% 185 198.32 200.52 200.77 208.78    
Nationalist John McQuaide 4.49% 159 162.24 162.46 162.51      
Electorate: 5,973   Valid: 3,545 (59.35%)   Spoilt: 174   Quota: 591   Turnout: 3,719 (62.26%)

Area E

1973: 2 x SDLP, 2 x United Loyalist, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Nationalist
1977: 3 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Nationalist
1973-1977 Change: SDLP gain from United Loyalist

Londonderry Area E - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
UUP Jack Allen* 17.38% 1,337            
SDLP Frank Donnelly 17.28% 1,329            
Alliance Ivor Canavan* 10.73% 825 833.64 842.31 980.07 1,036.75 1,296.75  
Nationalist Fergus McAteer* 9.79% 753 764.62 763.97 884.49 1,078.69 1,087.35 1,094.35
SDLP William O'Connell 11.38% 875 875.54 917.19 922.36 954.7 962.22 967.22
SDLP William McCorriston 8.26% 635 635.72 742.48 751.65 838.52 845.82 854.82
SDLP Noel McKenna 9.47% 728 728.18 775.44 784.61 823.63 828.73 835.73
UUP Albert McCartney 5.34% 411 628.26 628.94 636.56 638.73    
Independent Nationalist Michael Durey* 6.23% 479 479.18 484.96 503.31      
Alliance Edith Roulston 1.92% 148 152.5 153.01        
Nationalist Hugh Bell 1.46% 112 114.34 114.85        
Nationalist Kathleen Heraghty 0.77% 59 59.36 60.04        
Electorate: 13,995   Valid: 7,691 (54.96%)   Spoilt: 312   Quota: 1,099   Turnout: 8,003 (57.18%)

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Elections 1973-1981: Derry/Londonderry". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Local Government Results 1977". EONI. Retrieved 12 August 2021.