2005 Belfast City Council election

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All 51 seats to Belfast City Council
26 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party DUP Sinn Féin SDLP
Seats won 15 14 8
Seat change Increase 5 - Decrease 1

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party UUP Alliance PUP
Seats won 7 4 2
Seat change Decrease 4 Increase 1 Decrease 1

  Seventh party
 
Party Independent
Seats won 1
Seat change -

Party with the most votes by district.

Lord Mayor before election

Tom Ekin
Alliance

Lord Mayor

Wallace Browne
DUP

Elections to Belfast City Council were held on 5 May 2005 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used nine district electoral areas to elect a total of 51 councillors, most representing the more heavily populated north and west.

The DUP emerged as the largest party, and Wallace Browne became Lord Mayor.

Election results

Belfast Local Election Result 2005[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  DUP 15 5 0 Increase5 29.4 25.8 25,722 Increase7.7
  Sinn Féin 14 1 1 Steady 27.5 30.6 30,531 Increase2.2
  SDLP 8 0 1 Decrease1 15.7 17.1 17,058 Decrease0.3
  UUP 7 5 1 Decrease4 13.7 13.8 13,756 Decrease4.5
  Alliance 4 1 0 Increase1 7.8 6.8 6,808 Steady
  PUP 2 0 1 Decrease1 3.9 2.7 2,713 Decrease3.1
  Independent 1 0 0 Steady 2.0 1.0 1,007 Decrease2.0
  Green (NI) 0 0 0 New 0 0.8 801 New
  Workers' Party 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.7 698 Steady
  Socialist Party 0 0 0 New 0 0.3 338 New
  NI Conservatives 0 0 0 Steady 0 0.2 243 Steady

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Belfast City Council election, 2005
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
DUP Sinn Féin SDLP UUP Alliance PUP Others
Balmoral 22.2 2 10.3 0 33.1 2 19.7 1 12.9 1 0.0 0 1.8 0 6
Castle 38.6 2 18.6 1 27.1 2 10.5 1 2.5 0 0.0 0 2.7 0 6
Court 67.7 3 3.3 0 0.0 0 7.7 0 0.0 0 10.7 1 13.9 1 5
Laganbank 15.1 1 17.8 1 31.5 2 18.8 1 9.5 0 0.0 0 7.2 0 5
Lower Falls 0.0 0 85.2 5 11.9 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 3.5 0 5
Oldpark 22.3 1 47.5 3 15.9 1 7.9 1 0.0 0 3.8 0 3.2 0 6
Pottinger 41.7 3 8.9 0 6.3 0 22.0 1 7.5 1 11.0 1 2.5 1 6
Upper Falls 0.0 0 75.2 4 24.8 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 5
Victoria 37.5 3 0.0 0 2.4 0 33.0 2 23.4 2 2.1 0 1.7 0 7
Total 25.8 15 30.6 14 17.1 8 13.8 7 6.8 4 2.7 2 3.2 1 51

District results

Balmoral

2001: 2 x UUP, 2 x SDLP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x DUP
2005: 2 x SDLP, 1 x DUP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance
2001-2005 Change: DUP gain from UUP

Balmoral - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
SDLP Carmel Hanna* 17.34% 2,030                
SDLP Bernie Kelly 7.09% 906 908 1,137.84 1,949.84          
Alliance Tom Ekin* 12.88% 1,508 1,524 1,559.19 1,613.31 1,755.9        
UUP Bob Stoker* 10.08% 1,180 1,288 1,291.93 1,296.74 1,300.17 1,312.42 2,163.42    
DUP Jim Kirkpatrick 12.58% 1,473 1,484 1,485.19 1,485.19 1,487.15 1,488.13 1,642.79 1,934.39  
DUP Ruth Patterson* 9.65% 1,130 1,180 1,180.17 1,183.51 1,183.51 1,184 1,261.66 1,452.46 1,706.11
Sinn Féin Stiofán Long 10.26% 1,202 1,204 1,220.15 1,305.88 1,423.48 1,458.27 1,470.98 1,474.58 1,479.92
UUP Esmond Birnie 9.61% 1,125 1,137 1,142.95 1,153.16 1,160.51 1,183.05      
SDLP Mary Kennedy 8.05% 943 943 991.96            
Independent Thomas Wilson 1.82% 213                
Electorate: 18,382   Valid: 11,710 (63.70%)   Spoilt: 192   Quota: 1,673   Turnout: 11,902 (64.75%)

Castle

2001: 2 x DUP, 2 x SDLP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP
2005: 2 x DUP, 2 x SDLP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP
2001-2005 Change: No change

Castle - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
DUP Nigel Dodds* 28.96% 3,161            
SDLP Pat Convery* 16.66% 1,818            
UUP David Browne* 10.52% 1,148 1,454.51 1,563.59        
SDLP Cathal Mullaghan 10.41% 1,136 1,139.57 1,408.14 1,614.92      
DUP Ian Crozier* 4.01% 438 1,390.68 1,408.23 1,408.65 2,010.65    
Sinn Féin Tierna Cunningham 9.43% 1,029 1,032.06 1,066.06 1,087.34 1,109.25 1,133.25 1,163.17
Sinn Féin David Kennedy 9.17% 1,001 1,003.04 1,032.55 1,046.41 1,068.4 1,090.4 1,111.4
DUP Lydia Patterson 5.66% 618 908.7 918.74 919.16      
Alliance Marjorie Hawkins 2.47% 270 279.69          
Green (NI) Shane Ó Heorpa 1.68% 183 183.51          
Workers' Party John Lavery 1.03% 112 117.61          
Electorate: 18,413   Valid: 10,914 (59.27%)   Spoilt: 253   Quota: 1,560   Turnout: 11,167 (60.65%)

Court

2001: 2 x DUP, 1 x UUP, 1 x PUP, 1 x Independent
2005: 3 x DUP, 1 x PUP, 1 x Independent
2001-2005 Change: DUP gain from UUP

Court - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
DUP Diane Dodds 55.73% 4,176        
DUP William Humphrey 9.06% 679 2,320.52      
DUP Elaine McMillen* 2.95% 221 730.07 1,577.39    
Independent Frank McCoubrey* 10.60% 794 1,107.11 1,186.23 1,244.66 1,312.41
PUP Hugh Smyth* 10.66% 799 1,003.48 1,043.96 1,065.41 1,174.86
UUP Chris McGimpsey* 7.67% 575 777.35 860.61 903.08 1,022.96
Sinn Féin Francis Hamilton 3.32% 249 266.04 267.42    
Electorate: 13,582   Valid: 7,493 (55.17%)   Spoilt: 233   Quota: 1,249   Turnout: 7,726 (56.88%)

Laganbank

2001: 2 x SDLP, 2 x UUP, 1 x Sinn Féin,
2005: 2 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x DUP
2001-2005 Change: DUP gain from UUP

Laganbank - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Sinn Féin Alex Maskey* 17.77% 1,600        
SDLP Patrick McCarthy* 16.21% 1,459 1,503.8      
SDLP Peter O'Reilly* 15.28% 1,376 1,402.6 1,489.47 1,609.47  
UUP Michael McGimpsey* 14.80% 1,332 1,333.68 1,350.82 1,647.82  
DUP Christopher Stalford 15.13% 1,362 1,362.07 1,367.07 1,417.28 1,512.44
Alliance Allan Leonard 9.54% 859 861.94 901.78 1,172.51 1,222.53
Green (NI) Andrew Frew 4.10% 369 375.16 467.66    
UUP Paula Bradshaw 4.04% 364 364.28 366.35    
Socialist Party James Barbour 1.94% 175 181.86      
Workers' Party Paddy Lynn 1.19% 107 110.01      
Electorate: 15,223   Valid: 9,003 (59.14%)   Spoilt: 205   Quota: 1,501   Turnout: 9,208 (60.49%)

Lower Falls

2001: 4 x Sinn Féin, 1 x SDLP
2005: 5 x Sinn Féin
2001-2005 Change: Sinn Féin gain from SDLP

Lower Falls - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
Sinn Féin Janice Austin 19.42% 2,071      
Sinn Féin Fra McCann* 19.17% 2,045      
Sinn Féin Tom Hartley* 18.39% 1,962      
Sinn Féin Máire Cush* 15.33% 1,764 1,797    
Sinn Féin Marie Moore* 11.67% 1,245 1,253 1,528.1 1,764.42
SDLP Margaret Walsh* 11.86% 1,265 1,439 1,449.95 1,476.27
Workers' Party John Lowry 2.94% 314      
Electorate: 16,334   Valid: 10,666 (65.30%)   Spoilt: 392   Quota: 1,778   Turnout: 11,058 (67.70%)

Oldpark

2001: 3 x Sinn Féin, 1 x SDLP, 1 x DUP, 1 x PUP
2005: 3 x Sinn Féin, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x UUP
2001-2005 Change: UUP gain from PUP

Oldpark - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
DUP Nelson McCausland* 22.27% 2,642            
Sinn Féin Danny Lavery* 17.64% 2,093            
Sinn Féin Margaret McClenaghan* 15.42% 1,829            
SDLP Alban Maginness* 11.90% 1,411 1,418.03 1,450.33 1,538.39 1,549.17 1,966.17  
UUP Fred Cobain 7.91% 938 1,594.01 1,594.01 1,652.29 1,652.43 1,663.1 1,685.1
Sinn Féin Caral Ni Chuilin 10.47% 1,242 1,243.48 1,468.63 1,495.01 1,585.31 1,600.85 1,657.85
PUP Billy Hutchinson* 3.84% 455 690.69 691.45 732.59 732.66 735.22 757.22
Sinn Féin Marie Mackessy 3.94% 467 468.85 586.08 600.22 622.2 651.74 715.74
SDLP Andrew Harding 4.01% 476 479.33 487.69 539.44 540.07    
Green (NI) Peter Emerson 2.10% 249 278.6 280.5        
Workers' Party Paul Treanor 0.51% 60 60.37 62.08        
Electorate: 22,444   Valid: 11,862 (52.85%)   Spoilt: 329   Quota: 1,695   Turnout: 12,191 (59.63%)

Pottinger

2001: 3 x DUP, 1 x UUP, 1 x PUP, 1 x Alliance
2005: 2 x DUP, 2 x UUP, 1 x PUP, 1 x Sinn Féin
2001-2005 Change: DUP and Alliance gain from UUP and Sinn Féin

Pottinger - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
DUP Sammy Wilson* 22.60% 2,385          
UUP Reg Empey* 18.65% 1,968          
DUP May Campbell 12.34% 1,302 1,530.29        
PUP David Ervine* 10.95% 1,156 1,248.87 1,324.71 1,394.99 1,556.39  
DUP Margaret McKenzie 6.79% 717 1,216.13 1,239.89 1,281.08 1,451.42 1,461.25
Alliance Máire Hendron 7.53% 795 800.92 830.92 895.09 1,008.55 1,428.28
Sinn Féin Deborah Devenny 8.94% 944 944 947.84 967.84 969.84 1,126.08
SDLP Mary Muldoon 6.35% 670 672.22 677.26 743.18 766.22  
UUP Sonia Copeland 2.62% 277 303.64 524.92 644.92    
Socialist Party Tommy Black 1.57% 163 165.96 168.36      
Workers' Party Joseph Bell 0.99% 105 105.74 106.74      
UUP Henry Wallace 0.68% 72 85.69 180.25      
Electorate: 19,621   Valid: 10,554 (53.79%)   Spoilt: 381   Quota: 1,508   Turnout: 10,935 (55.73%)

Upper Falls

2001: 4 x Sinn Féin, 1 x SDLP
2005: 4 x Sinn Féin, 1 x SDLP
2001-2005 Change: No change

Upper Falls - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
Sinn Féin Paul Maskey* 23.69% 3,084      
SDLP Tim Attwood 21.63% 2,815      
Sinn Féin Gerard O'Neill* 18.81% 2,448      
Sinn Féin Michael Browne* 17.34% 2,257      
Sinn Féin Christine Mac Giolla Mhín 10.97% 1,428 2,070.32 2,089.57 2,325.41
SDLP Roisin Mulholland 3.17% 413 467.56 1,025.56 1,031.83
Sinn Féin Caoimhín Mac Giolla Mhín 4.39% 571 779.54 843.44 863.79
Electorate: 19,767   Valid: 13,016 (65.85%)   Spoilt: 437   Quota: 2,170   Turnout: 13,453 (68.06%)

Victoria

2001: 3 x DUP, 2 x UUP, 2 x Alliance
2005: 3 x UUP, 2 x DUP, 2 x Alliance
2001-2005 Change: DUP gain from UUP

Victoria - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
DUP Wallace Browne* 18.60% 2,689            
Alliance Naomi Long* 17.74% 2,565            
UUP Jim Rodgers* 16.88% 2,441            
DUP Robin Newton* 13.86% 2,004            
UUP Ian Adamson* 12.98% 1,877            
DUP David Rodway 5.01% 725 1,527.4 1,549.72 1,635.12 1,810.52    
Alliance Mervyn Jones 5.61% 811 815.42 1,421.47 1,456.75 1,458.85 1,461.82 1,838.82
UUP Alan Crowe* 3.17% 459 508.98 582.76 1,041.76 1,050.86 1,099.16 1,366.16
SDLP John Ó Doherty 2.35% 340 343.4 374.09 379.69 379.99 380.14  
PUP John McQuillan 2.10% 303 310.82 321.36 337.88 340.38 340.89  
NI Conservatives Peter Gray 1.68% 243 252.52 265.23 287.35 288.45 289.53  
Electorate: 25,058   Valid: 14,457 (57.69%)   Spoilt: 349   Quota: 1,808   Turnout: 14,806 (59.09%)

References

  1. ^ a b "Belfast Council results". 11 May 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Local Government Results 2005". EONI. Retrieved 8 July 2021.