1997 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 Alliance Ind U
Seats won 10 3 3
Seat change Steady Decrease 1 Decrease 1

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party DUP Newtownabbey Ratepayers Newtownabbey Labour
Seats won 2 2 2
Seat change Decrease 3 Increase 2 Increase 1

  Seventh party Eighth party Ninth party
 
Party SDLP Ulster Democratic PUP
Seats won 2 1 1
Seat change Steady Increase 1 Increase 1

Elections to Newtownabbey 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 25 councillors.

Election results

Newtownabbey Borough Council Election Result 1997[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  UUP 10 1 1 Steady 40.0 31.4 7,237 Decrease1.1
  Ind U 3 1 2 Decrease1 12.0 13.0 2,991 Decrease4.0
  Alliance 3 1 2 Decrease1 12.0 10.3 2,364 Decrease5.8
  DUP 2 0 3 Decrease3 8.0 10.7 2,454 Decrease10.6
  [[Newtownabbey Labour|Newtownabbey Labour Party]] 2 1 0 Increase1 8.0 7.4 1,708 Increase0.1
  [[Newtownabbey Ratepayers|Newtownabbey Ratepayers Association]] 2 0 0 New 8.0 6.2 1,424 New
  SDLP 1 0 0 Steady 1.0 6.5 1,500 Increase1.0
  Ulster Democratic 1 1 0 New 4.0 5.8 1,332 New
  PUP 1 1 0 Increase1 0.0 5.1 1,176 Increase5.1
  UK Unionist 0 0 0 New 0.0 3.0 681 New
  Independent 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.7 169 Increase0.7

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Newtownabbey Borough Council election, 1997
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
UUP Alliance DUP SDLP UDP PUP Others
Antrim Line 38.1 3 12.1 1 9.4 1 21.8 1 5.6 0 0.0 0 13.0 1 7
Ballyclare 42.6 3 14.9 1 17.8 1 0.0 0 3.5 0 5.7 0 15.5 0 5
Macedon 15.8 1 2.3 0 9.1 0 0.0 0 8.5 1 7.2 0 57.1 4 6
University 26.7 3 12.5 1 9.5 0 0.0 0 5.6 0 8.7 1 37.0 2 7
Total 31.4 10 10.3 3 10.7 2 6.5 1 5.8 1 5.1 1 30.2 7 25

Districts results

Antrim Line

1993: 2 x UUP, 2 x Alliance, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Independent Unionist
1997: 3 x UUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x DUP, 1 x Newtownabbey Ratepayers
1993-1997 Change: UUP and Newtownabbey Ratepayers gain from Alliance and Independent Unionist

Antrim Line - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
SDLP Tommy McTeague* 21.82% 1,500              
UUP Edward Crilly* 19.33% 1,329              
Alliance James Rooney* 7.17% 493 888.74            
UUP Ivan Hunter 7.74% 532 533.41 856.11 1,009.11        
UUP Arthur Kell* 10.94% 752 755.76 831.01 865.01        
DUP Elizabeth Snoddy 9.41% 647 648.41 662.06 745.51 823.51 823.51 1,033.51  
Newtownabbey Ratepayers John Blair* 6.72% 462 546.6 556.05 608.15 617.15 619.37 701.37 763.37
Alliance Tommy Frazer 4.89% 336 473.71 481.76 503.75 504.75 525.54 584.13 605.13
Ind U Arthur Templeton* 6.43% 442 445.76 458.01 486.86 505.86 506.1    
Ulster Democratic Billy Blair* 5.56% 382 382.94 403.24          
Electorate: 16,864   Valid: 6,875 (40.77%)   Spoilt: 120   Quota: 860   Turnout: 6,995 (41.48%)  

Ballyclare

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

Ballyclare - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
UUP James Bingham* 19.68% 847            
DUP Paul Girvan 16.38% 705 719.1          
Alliance Pat McCudden 13.62% 586 588.85 596.85 598.85 613.3 701.3 755.3
UUP Vera McWilliam 11.09% 477 532.8 549.95 565.7 610.05 670.05 729.05
UUP Edward Turkington 8.41% 362 384.65 401.4 424.45 479.9 518.65 641.3
UUP Peter Walker 8.09% 348 358.65 367.25 378.85 396.45 425.45 482
Ind U Samuel Cameron* 6.09% 262 268.75 286.9 316.15 354.3 399.6  
Newtownabbey Ratepayers Etta Mann 6.02% 259 259.9 269.9 275.05 296.35    
PUP Norman Lavery 5.23% 225 228.15 230.15 263.2      
Ulster Democratic Dave Burgess 3.18% 137 142.85 145        
Ind U Leslie Porter 2.21% 95 96.95          
Electorate: 11,796   Valid: 4,303 (36.48%)   Spoilt: 79   Quota: 718   Turnout: 4,382 (37.15%)  

Macedon

1993: 2 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Newtownabbey Labour, 1 x Independent Unionist
1997: 2 x Newtownabbey Labour, 1 x UUP, 1 x UDP, 1 x Newtownabbey Ratepayers, 1 x Independent Unionist
1993-1997 Change: Newtownabbey Labour, Newtownabbey Ratepayers and UDP gain from UUP, DUP and Alliance

Macedon - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Newtownabbey Labour Mark Langhammer* 21.16% 1,103              
UUP David Hollis 10.34% 539 563.15 568.85 593.55 658.3 792.3    
Ind U Andrew Beattie* 11.42% 595 617.05 627.1 655.5 710.25 752.25    
Newtownabbey Labour Robert Kidd 7.54% 393 534.05 563.95 581.65 603.75 630.75 718.55 731.75
Ulster Democratic Tommy Kirkham 8.48% 442 460.2 462.2 468.2 486.55 508.6 682.3 695.5
Newtownabbey Ratepayers Billy Webb 9.15% 477 534.4 585.95 624.1 646.45 664.25 690.05 694.45
DUP Billy Snoddy* 9.02% 470 485.05 487.05 506.05 545.45 580.5 644.6 660.55
PUP Bob Gourley 7.14% 372 396.15 398.85 406.55 426.9 452.05    
UUP Ricky Walker 5.33% 278 296.9 299.25 313.3 339      
UK Unionist Norman Boyd 4.89% 255 265.5 266.85 283.85        
Independent George Reynolds 3.24% 169 177.75 189.8          
Alliance Julie Greaves 2.28% 119 136.5            
Electorate: 12,642   Valid: 5,212 (41.23%)   Spoilt: 139   Quota: 745   Turnout: 5,351 (42.33%)  

University

1993: 3 x UUP, 2 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Independent Unionist
1997: 3 x UUP, 2 x Independent Unionist, 1 x Alliance, 1 x PUP
1993-1997 Change: PUP and Independent Unionist gain from DUP (two seats)

University - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Ind U Fraser Agnew* 13.21% 878                      
UUP Ken Robinson 10.62% 706 708.2 748.35 760.45 764.5 770.5 800.75 801.8 832.8      
Alliance Lynn Frazer* 6.94% 461 462.3 464.3 471.35 472.35 529.35 565.4 568.4 573.4 874.4    
Ind U George Herron* 9.52% 633 648.55 653.55 682.7 688.7 693.7 716.8 740 822.25 837.25    
UUP Barbara Gilliland* 7.37% 490 496.65 507.7 512.85 516.85 519.85 537.9 550.05 572.05 606.15 751.6 772.48
UUP Bill Johnston 7.51% 499 501.1 507.1 513.5 517.5 520.5 531.75 545.9 567.95 584.05 715.55 729.95
PUP William Greer 6.74% 448 449 452.05 452.2 537.3 548.3 560.3 571.45 654.55 671.6 708.4 713.8
DUP Tony Lough* 5.01% 333 333.75 334.75 339.85 342.85 346.85 357.85 560.7 614.9 616.95 686.3 688.46
UK Unionist Billy Boyd 6.41% 426 432.65 433.7 439.8 440.85 446.85 470.95 486.05 518.35 530.45    
Alliance William McKimmon 5.55% 369 369.55 371.55 376.55 378.55 442.55 506.55 506.55 510.55      
Ulster Democratic Harry Speers 5.58% 371 372 375 377 395 400 407 425.1        
DUP Alan Hewitt* 4.50% 299 300.7 300.7 300.85 301.85 302.85 307.85          
Newtownabbey Ratepayers Samuel Neill 3.40% 226 226.75 228.8 230.8 231.85 264.85            
Newtownabbey Labour William McClinton 3.19% 212 212 213 214 216              
PUP Alexander Knell 1.97% 131 131.2 131.2 134.3                
Ind U Jack McDonald 1.29% 86 88.45 89.45                  
UUP Louie Robinson 1.17% 78 78.35                    
Electorate: 16,179   Valid: 6,646 (41.08%)   Spoilt: 99   Quota: 831   Turnout: 6,745 (41.69%)  

References

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