1981 Coleraine Borough Council election
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All 20 seats to Coleraine Borough Council
11 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party UUP DUP Independent
Seats won 8 6 3
Seat change Decrease 2 Increase 4 Steady

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party SDLP Alliance Independent Unionist
Seats won 2 1 0
Seat change Steady Decrease 1 Decrease 1

Elections to Coleraine 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 20 councillors.

Election results

Coleraine Borough Council Election Result 1981[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  UUP 8 0 2 Decrease2 40.0 34.2 7,670 Decrease4.0
  DUP 6 4 0 Increase4 30.0 33.2 7,440 Increase15.6
  Independent 3 1 1 Steady 15.0 10.8 2,421 Decrease3.8
  SDLP 2 1 1 Steady 10.0 11.7 2,620 Increase1.2
  Alliance 1 0 1 Decrease1 5.0 6.3 1,417 Decrease4.3
  Independent Unionist 0 0 1 Decrease1 0.0 3.1 705 Decrease0.3
  Green (NI) 0 0 0 New 0.0 0.6 142 New

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Coleraine Borough Council election, 1981
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
UUP DUP SDLP Alliance Others
Area A 34.2 2 26.1 2 28.0 2 1.7 0 10.0 0 6
Area B 43.4 4 34.2 2 10.0 0 11.4 1 1.0 0 7
Area C 27.4 2 38.1 2 0.0 0 6.3 0 28.2 3 7
Total 34.2 8 33.2 6 11.7 2 6.3 1 14.6 3 20

Districts results

Area A

1977: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Independent Unionist
1981: 2 x UUP, 2 x DUP, 2 x SDLP
1977-1981 Change: DUP and SDLP gain from UUP and Independent Unionist

Coleraine Area A - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
SDLP John Dallat* 15.14% 1,061              
SDLP Gerard O'Kane 12.86% 901 925 975.7          
UUP William King* 12.33% 864 883 883.1 890.15 943.15 1,235.15    
UUP George McIlrath* 9.85% 690 702 702.25 712.25 910.25 1,058.25    
DUP Thomas Malone 11.17% 783 784 784 983 992 1,026    
DUP Robert Catherwood* 9.70% 680 682 682 802 827 888 969 998.68
Independent Unionist William Watt* 10.06% 705 725 725.65 745.65 773.65 788.65 898.65 924.41
UUP James Anderson* 6.36% 446 460 460 464 562      
UUP Mayne Long 5.64% 395 405 405 413        
DUP Irwin Holmes 5.22% 366 368 368.1          
Alliance Anne Lambert 1.67% 117              
Electorate: 8,960   Valid: 7,008 (78.21%)   Spoilt: 179   Quota: 1,002   Turnout: 7,187 (80.21%)

Area B

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

Coleraine Area B - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
DUP William Creelman 17.09% 1,119                  
UUP William Glenn* 10.29% 674 692.2 695.2 809.72 810.72 819.28        
UUP Albert Clarke* 9.62% 630 637.54 638.54 683.32 697.32 713.1 877.1      
DUP Matthew Kane 8.25% 540 611.76 614.76 621.02 624.02 777.64 790.16 791.27 1,105.27  
UUP Elizabeth Connolly 6.46% 423 425.6 425.6 508.6 517.6 562.16 630.24 666.13 735.82 808.82
Alliance Patrick McGowan 6.92% 453 453.78 466.78 468.3 730.3 731.3 754.08 755.93 761.64 764.64
UUP Robert Mitchell 7.53% 493 494.82 494.82 508.6 519.6 531.86 583.9 599.07 636.44 718.44
SDLP Sean Farren* 10.05% 658 658.52 669.52 669.52 673.52 674.78 678.56 678.93 679.56 679.56
DUP Roy Hilldrup 4.15% 272 423.58 426.84 432.4 435.4 520.42 535.5 537.72    
UUP John Earl* 5.08% 333 341.32 341.32 351.58 356.58 357.84        
DUP William Sweeney 4.72% 309 331.36 332.36 334.36 335.36          
Alliance Peter Scott 4.47% 293 293 311 316            
UUP Thomas Henry 4.44% 291 295.68 295.68              
Green (NI) Malcolm Samuel 0.93% 61 61.26                
Electorate: 10,492   Valid: 6,549 (62.42%)   Spoilt: 166   Quota: 819   Turnout: 6,715 (64.00%)

Area C

1977: 3 x UUP, 2 x Independent, 1 x DUP, 1 x Alliance
1981: 3 x Independent, 2 x DUP, 2 x UUP
1977-1981 Change: DUP and Independent gain from UUP and Alliance

Coleraine Area C - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
DUP James McClure* 36.16% 3,203                  
UUP Robert White* 15.51% 1,374                  
Independent James McFeely* 13.25% 1,174                  
UUP Paul Baxter 6.94% 615 800.46 863.35 864.13 872.8 959.61 979.83 1,186.83    
Independent William McNabb 8.42% 746 909.02 935.24 953.72 968.95 1,007.37 1,018.35 1,096.82 1,116.82  
Independent Randall Crawford* 5.28% 468 627.72 652.23 658.77 664.87 686.75 707.44 798.61 815.66 1,086.08
DUP Robert Bolton 0.78% 69 634.62 637.85 637.85 637.85 643.55 781.35 824.6 847.15 873.36
DUP Robert McElfatrick 0.68% 60 588.66 591.32 591.5 594.48 601.63 729.34 764.44 773.79 794.16
Alliance William Mathews* 5.64% 500 525.08 545.6 571.34 573.84 663.43 667.94 700.07 709.42  
UUP Matthew Adams* 4.01% 355 469.84 537.29 538.01 541.2 573.36 581.32      
DUP Elizabeth Gaston 0.44% 39 328.08 329.22 329.4 329.4 336.61        
UUP Antony Alcock 0.54% 48 58.56 90.86 90.86 90.86          
Green (NI) Avril McCandless 0.91% 81 84.3 84.49 86.77 88.89          
UUP Robert Hunter 0.44% 39 56.82 67.65 67.71 68.77          
Alliance Margaret Smith 0.61% 54 57.3 58.63 59.95 62.01          
Independent James Leonard 0.37% 33 43.56 45.46 47.8            
Electorate: 12,636   Valid: 8,858 (70.10%)   Spoilt: 215   Quota: 1,108   Turnout: 9,073 (71.80%)

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Elections 1973-1981: Coleraine". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c "Local Government Results 1981". EONI. Retrieved 15 July 2021.