1985 Banbridge District Council election
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All 15 seats to Banbridge District Council
8 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party UUP DUP SDLP
Seats won 8 3 3
Seat change Steady Decrease 1 Increase 1

  Fourth party
 
Party Independent Nationalist
Seats won 1
Seat change Steady

Elections to Banbridge District 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 15 councillors.

Election results

Banbridge District Council Election Result 1985[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  UUP 8 0 0 Steady 53.3 47.2 7,022 Increase5.1
  DUP 3 0 1 Decrease1 20.0 25.4 3,775 Decrease1.1
  SDLP 3 1 0 Increase1 20.0 18.7 2,787 Increase3.8
  Independent Nationalist 1 0 0 Steady 6.7 4.7 694 Decrease1.7
  Alliance 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.6 234 Decrease3.0
  Independent 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 2.4 364 Increase0.5

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Banbridge District Council election, 1985
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
UUP DUP SDLP Others
Banbridge Town 44.2 3 25.5 1 18.6 1 11.7 0 5
Dromore 49.5 3 31.5 1 19.0 1 0.0 0 5
Knockiveagh 48.0 2 19.1 1 18.6 1 14.3 1 5
Total 47.2 8 25.4 3 18.7 3 8.7 1 15

Districts results

Banbridge Town

1985: 3 x UUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x DUP

Banbridge Town - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
DUP Jim Wells 17.85% 912          
UUP Archie McKelvey 17.40% 889          
SDLP James Walsh* 12.33% 630 630.24 685.24 1,023.24    
UUP Joan Baird 15.87% 811 818.62 844.68 847.68 854.68  
UUP Ivan Gault 10.96% 560 564.32 600.38 600.38 602.38 853.38
Independent Leslie Mathews 7.12% 364 366.46 435.56 442.46 580.46 618.44
DUP Gareth Bennett* 7.67% 392 431.6 432.6 432.6 433.6  
SDLP James Smyth 6.22% 318 318 353      
Alliance Frank McQuaid 4.58% 234 234.12        
Electorate: 8,320   Valid: 5,110 (61.42%)   Spoilt: 81   Quota: 852   Turnout: 5,191 (62.39%)  

Dromore

1985: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP

Dromore - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
DUP Brian Biggerstaff* 18.79% 923            
UUP Robert Barr 17.48% 859            
UUP Robert Hill* 13.13% 645 662 684.66 833.66      
SDLP Cassie McDermott 9.44% 464 465 466.1 473.1 474.15 474.15 904.15
UUP William Martin 11.66% 573 580 582.42 760.28 787.73 800.45 809.45
DUP Robert McIlroy 8.51% 418 575 640.78 660.99 668.34 669.9 670.9
SDLP Bernard Rice 9.57% 470 471 471 471 471.2 471.2  
UUP James McRoberts 7.21% 354 373 380.04        
DUP Robert McGregor 4.21% 207            
Electorate: 7,240   Valid: 4,913 (67.86%)   Spoilt: 116   Quota: 819   Turnout: 5,029 (69.46%)  

Knockiveagh

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

Knockiveagh - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
DUP Wilfred McFadden* 15.78% 766 904        
UUP Samuel Cowan* 14.94% 725 728 744.72 991.72    
UUP Raymond McCullough* 15.52% 753 758 799.8 829.8    
Independent Nationalist Laurence McCartan* 14.30% 694 695 695.76 714.76 718.91 810.91
SDLP Peter McGreevy 10.51% 510 510 510 510 510 809
UUP Herbert Heslip* 10.34% 510 516 538.04 588.4 766.02 766.02
SDLP Helen Stewart 8.14% 395 395 395 395 395  
UUP William Hamilton 7.07% 343 345 358.68      
DUP Elizabeth McDowell 3.24% 157          
Electorate: 7,012   Valid: 4,853 (69.21%)   Spoilt: 88   Quota: 809   Turnout: 4,941 (70.46%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Elections 1985-1989: Banbridge". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c "Local Government Results 1985". EONI. Retrieved 21 July 2021.