1981 Castlereagh Borough Council election
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All 19 seats to Castlereagh Borough Council
10 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party DUP UUP Alliance
Seats won 9 5 4
Seat change Increase 5 Decrease 1 Decrease 3

  Fourth party
 
Party Ind U
Seats won 1
Seat change Decrease 1

Elections to Castlereagh Borough Council were held on 20 May 1981 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used three district electoral areas to elect a total of 19 councillors.

Election results

Castlereagh Borough Council Election Result 1981[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  DUP 9 5 0 Increase5 47.4 44.8 11,307 Increase25.6
  UUP 5 0 1 Decrease1 26.3 25.2 6,355 Increase0.4
  Alliance 4 0 3 Decrease3 21.1 21.1 5,339 Decrease11.4
  Ind U 1 1 2 Decrease1 5.3 5.0 1,261 Decrease4.2
  UPUP 0 0 0 New 0.0 1.7 420 New
  NI Labour 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.7 169 Decrease0.1

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Castlereagh Borough Council election, 1981
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
DUP UUP Alliance Others
Area A 33.4 2 28.8 2 20.9 1 16.9 1 6
Area B 51.9 4 24.5 2 19.9 2 3.7 0 8
Area C 55.3 3 21.3 1 23.4 1 0.0 0 5
Total 44.8 9 25.2 5 21.1 4 8.9 1 19

Districts results

Area A

1977: 2 x Alliance, 2 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x Independent Unionist
1981: 2 x DUP, 2 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Independent Unionist
1977-1981 Change: DUP gain from Alliance

Castlereagh Area A - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
DUP Ernest Harper* 17.81% 1,555              
UUP John Glass 12.64% 1,104 1,109.6 1,123.6 1,238.8 1,250.8      
UUP Frederick Kane* 9.91% 865 873.6 883 931.2 936.2 1,383.2    
DUP John Hillis 6.22% 543 760.8 986.4 1,066.4 1,067.4 1,098 1,596  
Ind U William Clulow 12.09% 1,056 1,079.2 1,094.6 1,127.6 1,129.6 1,172.6 1,212.4 1,332.4
Alliance Philip Grosse* 8.58% 749 750.2 752.4 766.4 1,044.6 1,065.8 1,074 1,107
Alliance Samuel Finlay 6.56% 573 574.4 575.4 586.4 791.8 802.8 811 836
DUP James Lowe* 5.02% 438 459.8 571.4 625.6 628.6 657.6    
UUP Bryan Milford 6.28% 548 555.6 563.6 593.6 600.6      
Alliance Ann Smith 5.75% 502 502.8 502.8 521.8        
UPUP John Moore 4.81% 420 420.4 426.6          
DUP Robin Newton 4.34% 379 400.4            
Electorate: 14,838   Valid: 8,732 (58.85%)   Spoilt: 248   Quota: 1,248   Turnout: 8,980 (60.52%)

Area B

1977: 3 x Alliance, 2 x UUP, 2 x DUP, 1 x Independent Unionist
1981: 4 x DUP, 2 x UUP, 2 x Alliance
1977-1981 Change: DUP (two seats) gain from Alliance and Independent Unionist

Castlereagh Area B - 8 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
DUP Roy Allen 31.17% 3,098                    
DUP John Boyle 3.49% 347 1,584.6                  
DUP Alan Carson 9.93% 987 1,234.65                  
DUP John Gilpin* 4.47% 444 514.85 940.73 1,029.63 1,038.14 1,041.14 1,041.14 1,049.96 1,107.96    
UUP William Ward 9.18% 912 966.6 971.54 975.74 979.04 982.34 986.34 989.34 1,014.8 1,091.57 1,124.57
Alliance Addie Morrow* 7.30% 725 753.4 736.44 737.84 737.84 739.84 788.1 804.1 816.1 824.87 1,100.76
Alliance Felicity Boyd* 7.47% 742 798.55 800.89 802.64 803.29 805.29 826.29 867.94 885.24 898.4 1,029.48
UUP Matthew Anderson* 7.89% 784 903.6 906.98 909.78 911.08 912.34 917.99 926.94 952.61 1,008.24 1,024.12
UUP Leslie Farrington* 7.46% 741 752.05 756.21 757.26 757.91 759.91 763.91 765.91 796.59 844.3 855.95
Alliance Amy McKeown 3.85% 383 407.7 410.82 411.52 413.82 422.82 462.82 478.82 494.98 511.45  
DUP John Lamont* 2.79% 277 345.9 372.94 395.34 399.16 403.72 403.72 407.02 459.24    
Ind U Michael Brooks 1.95% 194 247.3 258.74 261.89 266.84 267.84 269.84 272.84      
NI Labour James Bate 0.76% 76 83.8 84.58 84.93 94.58 141.58 141.58        
Alliance Samuel Pyper 1.25% 124 124.65 124.91 124.91 124.91 128.91          
NI Labour William Gunning 0.65% 65 68.25 69.29 69.99 83.99            
NI Labour William Copley 0.28% 28 29.3 29.82 30.17              
Loyalist Annetta Hynes 0.11% 11 24 24.52 24.87              
Electorate: 18,808   Valid: 9,938 (52.84%)   Spoilt: 397   Quota: 1,105   Turnout: 10,335 (54.95%)

Area C

1977: 2 x Alliance, 2 x UUP, 1 x DUP
1981: 3 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x UUP
1977-1981 Change: DUP (two seats) gain from Alliance and UUP

Castlereagh Area C - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
DUP Peter Robinson* 45.58% 3,562        
DUP Denny Vitty 0.45% 35 2,062.22      
DUP Cedric Wilson 0.49% 38 206.36 1,149.5    
UUP Herbert Johnstone* 12.67% 990 1,090.05 1,100.94    
Alliance Patricia Archer* 13.41% 1,048 1,072.84 1,075.15 1,078.71 1,503.71
UUP Walter McFarland* 5.26% 411 495.18 503.1 550.86 577.86
Alliance Bryan Davidson* 6.31% 493 521.98 525.61 528.01  
Electorate: 14,751   Valid: 7,815 (52.98%)   Spoilt: 220   Quota: 977   Turnout: 8,035 (54.47%)

References

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