2001 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 DUP UUP Alliance
Seats won 9 8 4
Seat change Increase 4 Decrease 2 Decrease 1

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party


Party SDLP Independent Independent Unionist
Seats won 1 1 0
Seat change Steady Increase 1 Decrease 2

Elections to Ards Borough Council were held on 7 June 2001 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 2001[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  DUP 9 4 0 Increase4 39.1 37.0 8,133 Increase14.4
  UUP 8 0 2 Decrease2 34.8 31.7 6,968 Decrease7.9
  Alliance 4 0 1 Decrease1 17.4 16.7 3,668 Decrease4.4
  Independent 1 1 0 Increase1 4.3 9.8 2,135 Increase8.2
  SDLP 1 0 0 Steady 4.3 3.9 860 Decrease0.7
  NI Conservatives 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.9 190 Increase0.9

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Ards Borough Council election, 2001
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
DUP UUP Alliance SDLP Others
Ards East N/A 2 N/A 3 N/A 1 N/A 0 N/A 0 6
Ards West 36.9 3 42.2 2 18.5 1 0.0 0 2.4 0 6
Newtownards 37.5 2 33.3 2 12.2 1 0.0 0 17.0 0 6
Peninsula 36.8 2 17.9 1 19.2 1 12.5 1 13.6 0 5
Total 37.0 9 31.7 8 16.7 4 3.9 1 10.7 0 23

Districts results

Ards East

1997: 4 x UUP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance
2001: 3 x DUP, 2 x DUP, 1 x Alliance
1997-2001 Change: DUP gain from UUP

Ards East - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Alliance Linda Cleland* N/A N/A
UUP Ronald Ferguson* N/A N/A
DUP Hamilton Gregory* N/A N/A
UUP Jeffrey Magill* N/A N/A
UUP John Shields* N/A N/A
DUP Terence Williams N/A N/A
Electorate: N/A   Valid: N/A   Spoilt: N/A   Quota: N/A   Turnout: N/A

Ards West

1997: 3 x UUP, 2 x Alliance, 1 x DUP
2001: 3 x DUP, 2 x UUP, 1 x Alliance
1997-2001 Change: DUP (two seats) gain from UUP and Alliance

Ards West - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
UUP Robert Gibson* 30.56% 2,454          
DUP Margaret Craig* 15.32% 1,230          
UUP Philip Smith 7.78% 625 1,516.55        
DUP William Montgomery 12.94% 1,039 1,098.95 1,100.56 1,117.89 1,124.49 1,175.49
Alliance Thomas McBriar* 9.41% 756 835.75 840.35 866.23 867.07 1,023.47
DUP David Gilmore* 8.63% 693 789.25 794.08 810.63 873.15 1,001.09
Alliance Kathleen Coulter* 9.12% 732 791.4 795.08 842.96 843.92 965.11
UUP Arthur Spence 3.87% 311 412.75 762.35 829.73 830.93  
NI Conservatives Christopher Connolly 2.37% 190 205.4 207.01      
Electorate: 13,602   Valid: 8,030 (59.04%)   Spoilt: 223   Quota: 1,148   Turnout: 8,253 (60.67%)

Newtownards

1997: 2 x UUP, 2 x Independent Unionist, 1 x DUP, 1 x Alliance
2001: 2 x DUP, 2 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Independent Unionist
1997-2001 Change: DUP gain from Independent Unionist, Independent Unionist becomes Independent

Newtownards - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
DUP George Ennis* 22.81% 1,608        
UUP Thomas Hamilton* 18.27% 1,288        
UUP David Smyth* 15.04% 1,060        
Independent Wilbert Magill* 12.61% 889 923.2 1,043.2    
Alliance Alan McDowell* 12.18% 859 863.94 915.32 1,075.9  
DUP Hamilton Lawther 5.15% 363 838 877.14 944.41 967.66
DUP Bobby McBride* 9.52% 671 734.46 779.5 830.96 852.04
Independent Nancy Orr 4.43% 312 322.66      
Electorate: 12,965   Valid: 7,050 (54.38%)   Spoilt: 218   Quota: 1,008   Turnout: 7,268 (56.06%)

Peninsula

1997: 2 x DUP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x SDLP
2001: 2 x DUP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x SDLP
1997-2001 Change: No change

Peninsula - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
DUP Jim Shannon* 26.53% 1,824              
Alliance Kieran McCarthy* 18.71% 1,286              
DUP Robert Drysdale* 10.25% 705 1,222.92            
SDLP Daniel McCarthy* 12.51% 860 865.85 899.51 918.84 1,025.08 1,025.88 1,430.88  
UUP Angus Carson 10.33% 710 748.22 755.81 766.28 864.5 894.8 944.8 1,008.8
UUP Paul Carson* 7.56% 520 583.96 593.97 603.82 671.15 710.75 731.42 765.42
Independent Joe Boyle 7.65% 526 528.73 543.58 553.75 646.87 648.67    
Independent Robert Ambrose 3.71% 255 289.32 298.01 307.13        
Independent James McMullan 2.23% 153 155.73 162.99 166.58        
Alliance Stephen McSherry 0.51% 35 38.12 85.2          
Electorate: 11,849   Valid: 6,874 (58.01%)   Spoilt: 211   Quota: 1,146   Turnout: 7,085 (59.79%)

References

  1. ^ a b "Ards Council Elections 1993-2011". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c d "Local Government Results 2001". EONI. Retrieved 8 July 2021.