1977 North Down Borough Council election
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All 20 seats to North Down Borough Council
11 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Alliance UUP Vanguard
Seats won 7 7 2
Seat change Steady Decrease 2 Increase 2

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party Unionist Party NI DUP UUUP
Seats won 1 1 1
Seat change Increase 1 Increase 1 Increase 1

  Seventh party Eighth party
 
Party Ind U Loyalist
Seats won 1 0
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 4

Elections to North Down 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 20 councillors.

Election results

North Down Borough Council Election Result 1977[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Alliance 7 0 0 Steady 35.0 38.5 7,364 Increase9.0
  UUP 7 0 2 Decrease2 35.0 27.3 5,220 Decrease18.7
  Vanguard 2 2 0 New 10.0 7.2 1,373 New
  Unionist Party NI 1 1 0 New 5.0 9.2 1,761 New
  DUP 1 1 0 New 5.0 8.3 1,625 New
  UUUP 1 1 0 New 5.0 3.1 593 New
  Ind U 1 1 0 Steady 5.0 6.0 1,184 Increase4.8

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the North Down Borough Council election, 1977
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
Alliance UUP Vanguard UPNI DUP UUUP Others
Area A 37.2 2 17.1 1 0.0 0 20.3 1 10.8 0 0.0 0 14.6 1 5
Area B 27.8 1 33.5 2 18.0 1 0.0 0 13.1 1 0.0 0 7.6 0 5
Area C 44.0 2 26.8 2 12.2 1 8.2 0 8.9 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 5
Area D 46.0 2 35.0 2 0.0 0 5.0 0 0.0 0 14.0 1 0.0 0 5
Total 38.5 7 27.3 7 7.2 2 9.2 1 8.3 1 3.1 1 6.4 1 20

Districts results

Area A

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

North Down Area A - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Alliance Bertie McConnell* 23.71% 1,372          
Unionist Party NI William Bailie 20.38% 1,179          
Ind U Edmund Mills* 14.45% 836 863 943.37 980.37    
Alliance James Hamilton* 7.17% 415 667.9 703.81 711.78 729.06 1,074.06
UUP Thomas Barkley 8.14% 471 478.8 516.23 595.41 933.1 941.1
DUP Sammy Wilson 10.82% 626 628.7 636.11 645.11 663.53 666.53
Alliance Clifford Creighton 6.33% 366 472.2 492.53 494.21 502.35  
UUP Hugh Irvine 4.84% 280 286.3 304.35 415.1    
UUP Lillie Navan 4.17% 241 244.9 257.44      
Electorate: 11,231   Valid: 5,786 (51.52%)   Spoilt: 121   Quota: 965   Turnout: 5,907 (52.60%)  

Area B

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

North Down Area B - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Vanguard George Green* 18.00% 823        
Alliance James Magee* 17.08% 781        
UUP Bruce Mulligan 10.89% 498 539 554.92 555.6 864.6
DUP James Boyle 4.58% 598 713 721.96 722.28 748.76
UUP John Shields 12.05% 551 594 610.16 610.78 742.68
Alliance John Hoy 10.69% 489 522 526.88 539.56 570.22
UUP Amy Corry* 10.61% 485 514 526.72 527.32  
Ind U William Ash 4.02% 184        
Ind U William Alexander 3.59% 164        
Electorate: 12,454   Valid: 4,573 (36.73%)   Spoilt: 172   Quota: 763   Turnout: 4,745 (38.10%)  

Area C

1973: 2 x Alliance, 2 x UUP, 1 x Loyalist
1977: 2 x Alliance, 2 x UUP, 1 x Vanguard
1973-1977 Change: Loyalist joins Vanguard

North Down Area C - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
UUP Hazel Bradford 14.05% 635 717 793        
Alliance William Morrow 15.95% 721 725 791        
Vanguard Mary O'Fee* 12.17% 550 565 624 630.6 797.6    
Alliance Thomas Rollins 14.09% 637 643 701 707.6 710.6 711.04 732.16
UUP Maisie McMullan 7.19% 325 439 496 519.1 662.1 703.9 709.02
Alliance Jane Copeland 13.96% 631 635 674 676.2 680.2 681.52 691.76
DUP Alan Graham 8.87% 401 413 423 423      
Unionist Party NI Frank Gill 8.16% 369 376          
UUP Archibald Pollock 5.55% 251            
Electorate: 9,940   Valid: 4,520 (45.47%)   Spoilt: 77   Quota: 754   Turnout: 4,597 (46.25%)  

Area D

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

North Down Area D - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
UUP John Auld* 24.57% 1,042          
Alliance Keith Jones* 21.72% 921          
Alliance Kenneth Kennedy 12.24% 519 557.4 706.67 769.67    
UUP Thomas Bussell 5.99% 254 456.24 458.08 724.08    
UUUP Frederick White 13.98% 593 615.08 615.54 662.25 669.25 678.71
Alliance Susan O'Brien 12.07% 512 524.16 577.06 613.34 654.34 661.82
Unionist Party NI Robert Todd 5.02% 213 227.4 230.16      
UUP Henry Clouston 4.41% 187 226.04 227.65      
Electorate: 9,242   Valid: 4,241 (45.89%)   Spoilt: 157   Quota: 707   Turnout: 4,398 (47.59%)  

References

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