1997 Antrim Borough Council election
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All 19 seats to Antrim Borough Council
10 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party UUP SDLP DUP
Seats won 9 4 3
Seat change Increase 1 Steady Steady

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party Alliance Sinn Féin Ind U
Seats won 2 1 0
Seat change Steady Steady Decrease 1

Elections to Antrim Borough Council were held on 21 May 1997 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

Antrim Borough Council Election Result 1997[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  UUP 9 1 0 Increase1 47.4 43.0 6,050 Increase4.5
  SDLP 4 0 0 Steady 21.1 26.0 3,632 Increase5.0
  DUP 3 0 0 Steady 15.8 16.0 2,205 Decrease0.3
  Alliance 2 0 0 Steady 10.5 8.2 1,173 Decrease0.3
  Sinn Féin 1 0 0 Steady 5.3 4.3 612 Decrease1.0
  PUP 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 2.5 358 Increase2.5

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Antrim Borough Council election, 1997
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
UUP SDLP DUP Alliance Sinn Féin Others
Antrim North West 30.7 1 36.0 2 15.9 1 3.1 0 14.3 1 0.0 0 5
Antrim South East 48.4 4 19.6 1 15.2 1 10.6 1 0.0 0 6.2 0 7
Antrim Town 46.1 4 22.7 1 15.4 1 10.2 1 0.0 0 5.6 0 7
Total 43.0 9 26.0 4 16.0 3 8.2 2 4.3 1 2.5 0 19

Districts results

Antrim North West

1993: 2 x SDLP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x DUP, 1 x UUP
1997: 2 x SDLP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x DUP, 1 x UUP
1993-1997 Change: No change

Antrim North West - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
SDLP Robert Loughran* 25.99% 1,115        
UUP James Graham* 24.78% 1,063        
SDLP Donovan McClelland* 10.02% 430 774.1      
DUP Wilson Clyde* 15.92% 683 685.96 767.14    
Sinn Féin Henry Cushinan* 14.27% 612 644.56 644.56 655.41 708.21
UUP Avril Swann 5.92% 254 257.7 508.5 594.46 597.32
Alliance George Picken 3.10% 133 147.8 159.02    
Electorate: 8,059   Valid: 4,290 (53.23%)   Spoilt: 90   Quota: 716   Turnout: 4,380 (54.35%)  

Antrim South East

1993: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Independent Unionist
1997: 4 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Alliance
1993-1997 Change: Independent Unionist joins UUP

Antrim South East - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
UUP Roy Thompson* 17.18% 996                
SDLP Thomas Burns 16.61% 963                
UUP Edgar Wallace* 13.16% 763                
UUP Mervyn Rea* 12.35% 716 818.87              
Alliance David Ford* 10.58% 613 621.91 642.91 643.69 656.02 659.62 693.73 796.73  
DUP Samuel Dunlop* 8.54% 495 509.85 512.35 517.03 526.5 530.1 613.56 617.56 621.56
UUP Roderick Swann 3.11% 180 242.37 242.37 270.45 433.17 458.47 547.18 558.18 565.18
DUP William Harkness 6.64% 385 416.59 417.84 433.96 441.95 444.15 508.29 517.79 519.79
SDLP Lucia Trowlen 3.05% 177 178.08 386.08 386.34 386.34 386.34 392.34    
PUP Ken Wilkinson 6.18% 358 367.99 368.99 371.85 380.64 381.54      
UUP Roy Stinson 2.59% 150 181.86 182.11 221.89          
Electorate: 12,301   Valid: 5,796 (47.12%)   Spoilt: 76   Quota: 725   Turnout: 5,872 (47.74%)  

Antrim Town

1993: 4 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Alliance
1997: 4 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Alliance
1993-1997 Change: No change

Antrim Town - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
UUP Paddy Marks* 25.51% 1,066                
DUP Robert McClay 15.36% 642                
UUP Andrew Ritchie* 6.87% 287 646.04              
SDLP Oran Keenan* 12.30% 514 516.04 516.04 516.24 520.75 531.75      
UUP Andrew Thompson* 5.22% 218 314.39 410.95 479.55 495.72 504.18 562.18    
UUP Adrian Cochrane-Watson 8.54% 357 410.04 427.38 464.38 474.03 485.18 524.24    
Alliance James McConnell* 6.41% 268 279.73 281.09 282.69 292.4 412.2 458.8 467.8 470.71
SDLP Sean McKee 10.36% 433 436.06 436.23 436.43 437.43 446.43 458.43 460.43 466.25
Independent Maurice Lynn 2.97% 124 126.55 127.06 130.06 193.19 202.1      
Alliance Mary Wallace 3.80% 159 167.16 169.03 170.63 178.05        
Independent Samuel Greer 2.66% 111 115.59 116.44 121.24          
Electorate: 11,780   Valid: 4,179 (35.48%)   Spoilt: 92   Quota: 523   Turnout: 4,271 (36.26%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Antrim Borough Council, 1993-2001". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c "Local Government Results 1997". EONI. Retrieved 8 July 2021.