1997 Coleraine Borough Council election
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All 22 seats to Coleraine Borough Council
12 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party UUP DUP SDLP
Seats won 10 5 3
Seat change Decrease 2 Steady Steady

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party Alliance Independent
Seats won 3 1
Seat change Increase 1 Increase 1

Elections to Coleraine 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 22 councillors.

Election results

Coleraine Borough Council Election Result 1997[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  UUP 10 0 2 Decrease2 45.5 43.4 8,239 Decrease7.0
  DUP 5 0 0 Steady 22.7 23.2 4,401 Increase1.4
  SDLP 3 0 0 Steady 13.6 16.3 3,091 Increase3.6
  Alliance 3 1 0 Increase1 13.6 9.2 1,738 Decrease2.6
  Independent 1 1 0 Increase1 4.5 4.8 909 Increase2.8
  Ind U 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 2.8 530 Increase2.8
  NI Women's Coalition 0 0 0 New 0.0 0.3 58 New

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Coleraine Borough Council election, 1997
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
UUP DUP SDLP Alliance Others
Bann 47.2 3 19.4 1 30.9 2 2.5 0 0.0 0 6
Coleraine Central 49.9 3 24.2 1 14.5 1 10.2 1 1.2 0 6
Coleraine East 32.6 2 37.7 2 0.0 0 12.0 1 17.7 0 5
The Skerries 39.3 2 16.0 1 11.0 0 14.9 1 18.8 1 5
Total 43.4 10 23.2 5 16.3 3 9.2 3 7.9 1 22

Districts results

Bann

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

Bann - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
SDLP John Dallat* 20.31% 1,234          
UUP Olive Church* 16.84% 1,023          
UUP William Watt* 16.29% 990          
SDLP Eamon Mullan 10.57% 642 990.6        
UUP William King* 14.07% 855 856.8 963.75      
DUP Robert Bolton* 10.83% 658 659.2 685.75 708.25 716.05 785.07
DUP James McCloskey 8.59% 522 524.1 533.7 554 566 613.09
Alliance Ian McEwan 2.50% 152 157.4 161      
Electorate: 9,982   Valid: 6,076 (60.87%)   Spoilt: 112   Quota: 869   Turnout: 6,188 (61.99%)  

Coleraine Central

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

Coleraine Central - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
UUP David McClarty* 24.94% 1,255              
DUP James McClure* 18.70% 941              
SDLP Gerry McLaughlin* 14.49% 729              
UUP David Barbour 10.51% 529 702.8 714.8 724.8        
UUP Elizabeth Johnston* 8.70% 438 627.64 644.68 668.92 871.92      
Alliance Eamon O'Hara 5.96% 300 327.72 328.2 542.36 591.44 631.44 640.48 644.32
DUP Marie McAllister* 5.50% 277 324.96 498.24 502.92 555.72 639.72 640 641.92
UUP Daniel Christie 5.78% 291 367.56 378.36 389.24        
Alliance Yvonne Boyle 4.25% 214 226.76 227.48          
NI Women's Coalition Avril Watson 1.15% 58 63.76 64.68          
Electorate: 10,971   Valid: 5,032 (45.87%)   Spoilt: 75   Quota: 719   Turnout: 5,107 (46.55%)  

Coleraine East

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

Coleraine East - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
DUP Maurice Bradley 24.21% 833            
UUP Elizabeth Black* 17.61% 606            
DUP William Creelman* 13.48% 464 658.06          
UUP Robert McPherson 10.32% 355 366.16 389.74 413.1 513.38 554.12 572.32
Alliance William Mathews* 12.00% 413 416.72 419.42 456.42 462.42 497.02 499.47
Ind U David Gilmour* 8.22% 283 303.77 329.87 360.59 391.64 474.71 480.81
Ind U Martin Hunter 5.84% 201 214.33 229.81 234.99 259.69    
UUP Gary Wolfe 4.68% 161 168.44 179.06 191.37      
Independent Trevor Cooke 3.63% 125 126.55 128.17        
Electorate: 8,639   Valid: 3,441 (39.83%)   Spoilt: 69   Quota: 574   Turnout: 3,510 (40.63%)  

The Skerries

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

The Skerries - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
UUP Pauline Armitage* 19.04% 841              
Independent Christine Alexander 17.75% 784              
UUP Norman Hillis* 10.64% 470 477 534.6 543.12 570.26 586.4 876.4  
DUP Robert Stewart* 10.12% 447 450 453.84 457.68 662.52 666.06 786.06  
Alliance Barbara Dempsey 8.13% 359 362 368.84 379.04 383.34 603.66 625.92 672.92
SDLP Patricia Farren 11.00% 486 486 486.24 492.36 493.48 537.5 539.8 540.8
UUP Samuel Kane* 9.62% 425 444 462.6 468.36 489.08 501.44    
Alliance Patrick McGowan* 6.79% 300 300 304.68 308.76 309.76      
DUP James Milliken 5.86% 259 264 268.68 271.02        
Ind U Thomas Mackay 1.04% 46              
Electorate: 8,975   Valid: 4,417 (49.21%)   Spoilt: 92   Quota: 737   Turnout: 4,509 (50.24%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Coleraine Council Elections 1993-2011". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c d "Local Government Results 1997". EONI. Retrieved 14 July 2021.