1985 Ballymoney Borough Council election
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All 16 seats to Ballymoney Borough Council
9 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party DUP UUP SDLP
Seats won 6 6 2
Seat change Decrease 1 Increase 3 Steady

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party Sinn Féin Independent Alliance
Seats won 1 1 0
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 2 Decrease 1

Elections to Ballymoney Borough Council were held on 15 May 1985 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used three district electoral areas to elect a total of 16 councillors.

Election results

Ballymoney Borough Council Election Result 1985[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  DUP 6 0 1 Decrease1 37.5 41.9 4,044 Increase1.6
  UUP 6 3 0 Increase3 37.5 29.9 2,886 Increase5.9
  SDLP 2 0 0 Steady 12.5 12.7 1,225 Increase2.8
  Independent 1 0 2 Decrease2 6.3 7.1 687 Decrease10.7
  Sinn Féin 1 1 0 New 6.3 5.5 532 New
  Alliance 0 0 1 Decrease1 0.0 2.6 248 Decrease5.5
  Green (NI) 0 0 0 New 0.0 0.3 35 New

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Ballymoney Borough Council election, 1985
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
DUP UUP SDLP Sinn Féin Others
Ballymoney Town 39.9 2 35.0 2 0.0 0 0.0 0 25.1 1 5
Bann Valley 41.2 2 25.1 2 13.9 1 13.5 1 6.3 0 6
Bushvale 44.6 2 31.5 2 22.7 1 0.0 0 1.2 0 5
Total 41.9 6 29.9 6 12.7 2 5.5 1 10.0 1 16

Districts results

Ballymoney Town

1985: 2 x DUP, 2 x UUP, 1 x Independent

Ballymoney Town - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Independent Robert McComb* 25.07% 687        
UUP James Simpson 16.53% 453 502.45      
DUP Cecil Cousley* 15.47% 424 457.97      
DUP Kenneth Blair 13.87% 380 395.91 396.77 613.77  
UUP Adam McNeilly 10.00% 274 326.03 347.53 381.12 430.12
UUP James McKeown 8.50% 233 293.63 311.69 345.99 412.99
DUP Ralph Stronge* 10.55% 289 304.05 307.06    
Electorate: 5,278   Valid: 2,740 (51.91%)   Spoilt: 63   Quota: 457   Turnout: 2,803 (53.11%)  

Bann Valley

1985: 2 x DUP, 2 x UUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Sinn Féin

Bann Valley - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
DUP James Patterson* 16.96% 669        
DUP Robert Wilson* 12.27% 484 564.1      
SDLP Malachy McCamphill 13.94% 550 550.15 712.15    
Sinn Féin Margaret Hogan 13.49% 532 532 557.15 622.15  
UUP Kenneth Bamford* 12.34% 487 491.8 524.95 556.95 567.95
UUP Joe Gaston* 12.72% 502 505.9 518.05 522.05 522.05
DUP Robert Halliday* 11.99% 473 483.2 487.35 487.35 490.35
Alliance Hugh McFarland* 6.29% 248 248.75      
Electorate: 5,997   Valid: 3,945 (65.78%)   Spoilt: 57   Quota: 564   Turnout: 4,002 (66.73%)  

Bushvale

1985: 2 x UUP, 2 x DUP, 1 x SDLP

Bushvale - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
DUP Charles Steele* 19.18% 570            
DUP William Gracey* 18.74% 557            
UUP John Ramsay 16.96% 504            
SDLP Harry Connolly* 14.97% 445 445.13 445.46 445.48 453.48 680.48  
UUP William Logan* 14.57% 433 447.3 453.02 457.4 471.62 471.63 522.63
DUP Bertie McIlhatton* 6.66% 198 255.46 306.39 306.77 311 311.13 318.13
SDLP John Mulholland 7.74% 230 230.39 230.61 230.62 231.62    
Green (NI) William Hartin 1.18% 35 35 35.77 35.78      
Electorate: 4,883   Valid: 2,972 (60.86%)   Spoilt: 71   Quota: 496   Turnout: 3,043 (62.32%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Election 1985-1989: Ballymoney". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c "Local Government Results 1985". EONI. Retrieved 11 July 2021.