1985 Newtownabbey Borough Council election
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All 25 seats to Newtownabbey Borough Council
13 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party UUP DUP Independent Unionist
Seats won 10 9 3
Seat change Increase 1 Increase 4 Steady

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party Alliance Newtownabbey Labour
Seats won 2 1
Seat change Decrease 1 Steady

Elections to Newtownabbey Borough Council were held on 15 May 1985 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used five district electoral areas to elect a total of 25 councillors.

Election results

Newtownabbey Borough Council Election Result 1985[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  UUP 10 1 0 Increase1 40.0 37.6 9,560 Increase3.1
  DUP 9 4 1 Increase4 36.0 30.8 7,823 Decrease3.9
  Independent Unionist 2 0 0 Decrease1 8.0 8.1 2,059 Increase2.3
  Alliance 2 0 1 Decrease1 8.0 10.3 2,608 Decrease5.3
  Independent 1 1 0 Increase1 0.0 3.2 826 Increase2.0
  Newtownabbey Labour 1 0 0 Steady 4.0 3.1 792 Decrease0.7
  SDLP 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 3.8 972 Increase3.8
  PUP 0 0 0 New 0.0 1.3 333 New
  All Night Party 0 0 0 New 0.0 0.9 235 New
  Workers' Party 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.3 332 Decrease0.1

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Newtownabbey Borough Council election, 1985
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
UUP DUP Alliance Others
Antrim Line 40.5 2 26.7 2 15.5 1 17.3 0 5
Ballyclare 22.0 1 25.5 1 5.6 0 46.9 3 5
Doagh Road 34.3 2 37.8 2 6.4 0 21.5 1 5
Manse Road 52.2 3 32.3 2 11.5 1 4.0 0 5
Shore Road 38.9 2 32.3 2 12.1 1 16.7 0 5
Total 37.6 10 30.8 9 10.3 2 21.3 4 25

Districts results

Antrim Line

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

Antrim Line - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
UUP William Green 17.12% 873          
Alliance James Rooney* 15.51% 791 843 872      
UUP Ivan Hunter* 13.10% 668 675 676 1,112    
DUP William McDonnell 14.22% 725 729 731 766 885.72  
DUP Mary Harkness* 12.51% 638 642 642 680 818.58 852.08
SDLP Tommy McTeague 8.86% 452 462 756 757 759.46 759.46
UUP Arthur Kell 10.24% 522 524 527      
SDLP Margaret Harrison 6.14% 313 334        
Newtownabbey Labour Thomas Davidson 1.59% 81          
Newtownabbey Labour Lindsay Prior 0.73% 37          
Electorate: 10,194   Valid: 5,100 (50.03%)   Spoilt: 138   Quota: 851   Turnout: 5,238 (51.38%)

Ballyclare

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

Ballyclare - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Independent Unionist Arthur Templeton* 19.29% 1,007            
DUP Samuel Gardiner 17.24% 900            
Independent Unionist Sidney Cameron* 14.46% 755 804.79 822.61 823.42 881.42    
UUP James Wilson* 11.61% 606 636.68 679.63 680.2 713.59 734.14 1,058.14
Independent Leonard Hardy 7.45% 389 392.77 402.9 403.17 481.56 774.63 828.64
DUP Winston Hanna 8.27% 432 449.68 470.59 494.71 501.9 521.15 598.25
UUP William Christie 7.22% 377 389.35 463.38 464.04 482.59 507.72  
Independent Nan Foster 5.71% 298 301.12 304.12 304.42 372.55    
Alliance Albert Reid 5.55% 290 292.21 295.21 295.3      
UUP Robert McKenzie 3.20% 167 176.36          
Electorate: 10,303   Valid: 5,221 (50.67%)   Spoilt: 115   Quota: 871   Turnout: 5,336 (51.79%)

Doagh Road

1985: 2 x UUP, 2 x DUP, 1 x Newtownabbey Labour

Doagh Road - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
DUP Jim Allister 30.01% 1,381                  
UUP Fraser Agnew* 19.90% 916                  
DUP David Hollis 5.61% 258 726.16 737.2 738.2 738.2 844.08        
Newtownabbey Labour Robert Kidd* 9.47% 436 449.64 452.84 455.84 548 556.08 563.08 693.24 760.12 908.8
UUP Andrew Beattie 7.71% 355 406.04 507.48 509.48 510.48 518.72 534.72 537.04 572.64 653.24
UUP Letitia McCartney* 6.67% 307 325.04 348.08 349.24 350.24 360.8 372.8 373.8 381.96 424.36
Alliance John Elliott* 6.37% 293 298.72 302.08 303.52 309.52 309.68 309.68 334.68 347.68  
All Night Party Mark Langhammer 4.41% 203 207.84 208.48 229.64 232.64 237.52 241.52 270.68    
Workers' Party Austin Kelly 4.19% 193 193 193.48 195.64 214.64 215.64 215.64      
DUP Charles South 2.17% 100 142.68 144.44 145.88 145.88          
Newtownabbey Labour David Lowrie 2.78% 128 128 128.16 128.16            
All Night Party Roy Wallace 0.28% 13 13 13              
All Night Party David Coburn 0.26% 12 12.44 12.92              
All Night Party Douglas Edwards 0.13% 6 6.44 6.44              
All Night Party William McClinton 0.02% 1 1 1              
Electorate: 9,960   Valid: 4,602 (46.20%)   Spoilt: 184   Quota: 768   Turnout: 4,786 (48.05%)

Manse Road

1985: 3 x UUP, 2 x DUP

Manse Road - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
UUP George Herron* 26.91% 1,400            
DUP Edward Cassells 18.87% 982            
UUP James Robinson 14.15% 736 1,064.32          
DUP Samuel Neill* 13.47% 701 753.44 764.66 766.04 800.86 898.32  
UUP James Smith* 7.61% 396 468.2 515.5 516.5 803.22 809.27 836.27
Alliance George Jones 11.45% 596 616.14 617.9 809.12 826.34 828.54 829.54
UUP Agnes Sloan 3.56% 185 235.54 362.92 364.36      
SDLP Bernard Conlon 3.98% 207 207.76 208.64        
Electorate: 10,827   Valid: 5,203 (48.06%)   Spoilt: 104   Quota: 868   Turnout: 5,307 (49.02%)

Shore Road

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

Shore Road - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
DUP Billy Boyd 25.97% 1,370            
UUP Robert Caul* 25.40% 1,340            
UUP Ken Robinson 13.50% 712 751.6 1,099.42        
DUP Billy Gillespie 6.37% 336 712.2 726.48 802.32 810.16 840.62 997.06
Alliance Leo McKenna 12.09% 638 640.16 657.16 682.12 753.84 800.46 818.72
Independent Unionist Desmond Dowds* 5.63% 297 341.28 400.78 492.94 502.12 538.78 668.48
PUP John Niblock 6.31% 333 342.36 347.8 363.4 368.64 378.82  
Independent Helen Craig 2.35% 124 134.44 139.2 146.4 160    
Newtownabbey Labour Thomas Crawford 1.16% 61 63.16 63.84 65.76      
Newtownabbey Labour James Devlin 0.93% 49 49.36 50.04 50.52      
Independent Claire Martin* 0.28% 15 15.36 15.7 16.66      
Electorate: 10,409   Valid: 5,275 (50.68%)   Spoilt: 117   Quota: 880   Turnout: 5,392 (51.80%)

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Elections 1985-1989: Newtownabbey". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Local Government Results 1985". EONI. Retrieved 8 July 2021.