1997 Ards Borough Council election
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All 23 seats to Ards Borough Council
12 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party UUP DUP Alliance
Seats won 10 5 5
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 1 Decrease 1

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party SDLP Ind U Independent
Seats won 1 2 0
Seat change Increase 1 Increase 1 Decrease 1

Elections to Ards Borough Council were held on 21 May 1997 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used four district electoral areas to elect a total of 23 councillors.

Election results

Ards Borough Council Election Result 1997[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  UUP 10 1 0 Increase1 43.5 39.6 7,754 Increase4.9
  DUP 5 1 2 Decrease1 21.7 22.6 4,431 Decrease5.7
  Alliance 5 0 1 Decrease1 21.7 21.1 4,138 Decrease2.3
  Ind U 2 1 0 Increase1 8.7 6.3 1,240 Increase0.4
  SDLP 1 1 0 Increase1 4.3 3.9 901 Increase4.6
  Independent 0 0 1 Decrease1 0.0 1.6 337 Decrease1.8
  PUP 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 2.3 441 Increase2.3
  UK Unionist 0 0 0 New 0.0 1.4 269 New
  Ulster Democratic 0 0 0 New 0.0 0.3 55 New
  Green (NI) 0 0 0 New 0.0 0.2 33 New

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Ards Borough Council election, 1997
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
UUP DUP Alliance SDLP Others
Ards East 52.1 4 23.0 1 15.3 1 0.0 0 9.6 0 6
Ards West 56.1 3 18.8 1 25.1 2 0.0 0 0.0 0 6
Newtownards 26.6 2 18.6 1 15.4 1 0.0 0 39.4 2 6
Peninsula 22.6 1 29.7 2 28.8 1 18.2 1 0.7 0 5
Total 39.6 10 22.6 5 21.1 5 4.6 1 12.1 0 23

Districts results

Ards East

1993: 3 x UUP, 2 x DUP, 1 x Alliance
1997: 4 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x Alliance
1993-1997 Change: UUP gain from DUP

Ards East - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
UUP Thomas Benson* 17.40% 882              
UUP Ronald Ferguson* 13.33% 676 762.4            
DUP Hamilton Gregory 12.25% 621 628.2 629.53 656.71 811.71      
UUP John Shields* 11.95% 606 618.24 622.44 656.62 668.05 668.64 752.64  
Alliance Linda Cleland 8.24% 418 422.32 422.53 437.71 441.71 442.89 462.07 792.07
UUP Jeffrey Magill* 9.47% 480 508.98 533.69 582.23 616.56 621.87 680.76 694.05
DUP St Clair McAlister* 5.82% 295 299.32 299.95 309.95 369.2 447.67 509.28 518.64
Alliance Laurence Thompson* 6.94% 352 355.06 355.48 363.48 363.48 363.48 378.66  
UK Unionist Thomas Sheridan 5.31% 269 271.16 271.93 283.93 287.93 287.93    
DUP Hamilton Lawther 4.95% 251 254.96 255.87 274.87        
PUP Georgina McCrory 4.34% 220 221.26 221.33          
Electorate: 14,904   Valid: 5,070 (34.02%)   Spoilt: 114   Quota: 725   Turnout: 5,184 (34.78%)  

Ards West

1993: 3 x UUP, 2 x Alliance, 1 x DUP
1997: 3 x UUP, 2 x Alliance, 1 x DUP
1993-1997 Change: No change

Ards West - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
UUP Robert Gibson* 22.59% 1,103          
UUP David McNarry 21.83% 1,066          
Alliance Kathleen Coulter* 15.18% 741          
UUP Margaret Craig* 11.71% 572 871.52        
DUP David Gilmore 13.00% 635 683.75 877.19      
Alliance Thomas McBriar* 9.85% 481 511.03 595.27 599.43 654.81 693.81
DUP Lorraine Gilmore 5.84% 285 311.13 398.49 552.93 649.26 650.58
Electorate: 12,917   Valid: 4,883 (37.80%)   Spoilt: 70   Quota: 698   Turnout: 4,953 (38.34%)  

Newtownards

1993: 2 x UUP, 2 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Independent Unionist
1997: 2 x DUP, 2 x Independent Unionist, 1 x DUP, 1 x Alliance
1993-1997 Change: Independent Unionist gain from DUP

Newtownards - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Ind U Wilbert Magill* 19.41% 914                
Alliance Alan McDowell* 15.37% 724                
UUP David Smyth* 14.65% 690                
DUP George Ennis* 10.89% 653 692.44              
UUP Thomas Hamilton* 12.00% 565 628.22 635.8 651.6 656.36 666.68 728.68    
Ind U Bobby McBride 6.92% 326 377.33 382.33 388.83 391.38 391.78 426.07 507.6 534.6
Ind U Nancy Orr* 7.15% 337 393.26 407.42 430.62 433.68 434.68 461.61 503.67 510.67
DUP John Purdy 4.78% 225 238.63 245.08 246.28 253.76 254.62 305.39    
PUP Alfred McCrory 4.69% 221 231.15 245.15 249.45 250.47 250.73      
Ulster Democratic Billy McKeown 1.17% 55 59.93              
Electorate: 12,942   Valid: 4,710 (36.39%)   Spoilt: 120   Quota: 673   Turnout: 4,830 (37.32%)  

Peninsula

1993: 2 x Alliance, 1 x DUP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Independent
1997: 2 x DUP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x SDLP
1997-2001 Change: DUP and SDLP gain from Alliance and Independent

Peninsula - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
UUP Paul Carson 22.57% 1,114        
Alliance Kieran McCarthy* 21.21% 1,047        
DUP Jim Shannon* 20.12% 993        
DUP Robert Drysdale 10.25% 473 687.21 696.01 849.01  
SDLP Daniel McCarthy 15.60% 770 777.44 808.9 810.52 930.52
Alliance William Sheldon* 3.12% 154 202.98 315.62 325.16 346.72
Alliance John Smyth 4.48% 221 227.82 279.3 281.82 296.02
SDLP Iain Bell 2.65% 131 131 141.12 141.48  
Green (NI) Owen Crawford 0.67% 33 40.75 44.49 45.75  
Electorate: 11,165   Valid: 4,936 (44.21%)   Spoilt: 101   Quota: 824   Turnout: 5,037 (45.11%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Ards Council Elections 1993-2011". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c d "Local Government Results 1997". EONI. Retrieved 8 July 2021.