2019 Ards and North Down Borough Council election
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All 40 council seats
21 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
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Naomi Long
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Leader Arlene Foster Naomi Long Robin Swann
Party DUP Alliance UUP
Seats before 17 7 9
Seats won 14 10 8
Seat change Decrease 3 Increase 3 Decrease 1

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
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Leader Clare Bailey Jim Allister Colum Eastwood
Party Green (NI) TUV SDLP
Seats before 3 1 1
Seats won 3 1 1
Seat change Steady Steady Steady

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Party Independent
Seats before 2
Seats won 3
Seat change Increase 1

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Ards and North Down 2019 Council Election Results by DEA (Shaded by plurality of FPVs)

The second election to Ards and North Down Borough Council, part of the Northern Ireland local elections on 2 May 2019, returned 40 members to the council via Single Transferable Vote.[1][2] The Democratic Unionist Party once again won a plurality of seats.

Election results

Ards and North Down Borough Council Election Result 2019[3]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  DUP 14 0 3 Decrease 3 35.0 33.4 16,759 Decrease2.0
  Alliance 10 3 0 Increase 3 25.0 22.2 11,162 Increase8.8
  UUP 8 1 2 Decrease 1 20.0 17.8 8,943 Increase0.4
  Green (NI) 3 0 0 Steady 0 7.5 10.2 5,106 Increase5.8
  Independent 3 2 1 Increase 1 7.5 8.6 4,321 Decrease1.1
  SDLP 1 0 0 Steady 0 2.5 3.2 1,621 Decrease1.0
  TUV 1 0 0 Steady 0 2.5 1.4 695 Decrease3.4
  UKIP 0 0 0 Steady 0 0 1.3 672 Decrease1.2
  NI Conservatives 0 0 0 Steady 0 0 1.3 660 Decrease2.0
  Sinn Féin 0 0 0 Steady 0 0 0.5 267 Decrease0.3

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

The overall turnout was 43.80% with a total of 50,206 valid votes cast. A total of 660 ballots were rejected.

Districts summary

Results of the Ards and North Down Borough Council election, 2019
by district
Ward %
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Cllrs
DUP Alliance UUP Green SDLP Sinn Féin Others
Ards Peninsula 47.8 3 10.6 1 10.6 1 4.1 0 20.7 1 2.5 0 3.7 0 6
Bangor Central 26.1 2 18.3 1 17.7 1 14.2 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 23.8 1 6
Bangor East and Donaghadee 31.2 2 17.1 1 30.1 2 9.7 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 11.9 0 6
Bangor West 30.5 1 32.5 2 17.2 1 16.6 1 0.0 0 1.2 0 2.0 0 5
Comber 37.9 2 23.2 1 21.4 1 5.7 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 11.7 0 5
Holywood and Clandeboye 26.6 1 38.7 2 13.5 1 19.2 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 2.1 0 5
Newtownards 32.4 3 20.0 2 14.6 1 4.5 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 28.6 1 7
Total 33.4 14 22.2 10 17.8 8 10.2 3 3.2 1 0.5 0 12.6 4 40

District results

Ards Peninsula

2014: 3 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance
2019: 3 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance
2014-2019 Change: No change

Ards Peninsula - 6 seats[3]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
DUP Robert Adair* 27.93% 2,189            
SDLP Joe Boyle* 20.68% 1,621            
DUP Nigel Edmund* 9.38% 735 1,511.5          
DUP Eddie Thompson* 10.48% 821 931 934.15 1,273.15      
UUP Angus Carson* 10.62% 832 943.5 968.7 995.45 1,020.2 1,132  
Alliance Lorna McAlpine* 10.62% 832 849 1,079.65 1,083.9 1,085.75 1,088.95 1,124.95
Green (NI) Michele Strong 4.07% 319 333 372.9 375.9 383.25 388.25 434.25
Sinn Féin Murdoch McKibbin 2.50% 196 197.5 380.9 381.4 382.4 382.6 384.6
UKIP Matt Davey 2.98% 234 267.5 274.15 279.15 291.15 322.55  
NI Conservatives Tim Mullen 0.74% 58 61 62.05 63.05      
Electorate: 17,582   Valid: 7,837 (44.57%)   Spoilt: 119   Quota: 1,120   Turnout: 7,956 (45.25%)  

Bangor Central

2014: 2 x DUP, 2 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Greens
2019: 2 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Greens, 1 x UUP, 1 x Independent
2014-2019 Change: Independent gain from UUP

Bangor Central - 6 seats[3]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Alliance Karen Douglas* 18.29% 1,346                    
Green (NI) Stephen Dunlop 14.22% 1,046 1,220.9                  
DUP Alistair Cathcart* 10.70% 787 789.86 789.86 789.86 816.86 832.86 1,052.08        
UUP Craig Blaney 10.29% 757 774.38 777.38 788.16 818.04 862.24 871.46 903.76 1,324.76    
DUP Wesley Irvine* ‡ 11.93% 878 879.1 879.1 880.42 915.42 926.42 956.64 966.08 1,047.84 1,191.84  
Independent Ray McKimm 6.84% 503 517.08 526.74 553.36 572.36 603.46 608.46 783.76 827.98 903.98 933.98
Independent Noelle Robinson* 5.75% 423 446.76 461.3 491.88 513.1 543.2 544.2 681.46 723.62 769.62 788.62
UUP Ian Henry 7.37% 542 555.86 556.86 568.74 588.96 635.6 641.6 664.8      
Independent Maria Lourenço 4.92% 362 389.6 392.5 441.78 454.32 472.2 473.42        
DUP James Cochrane 3.47% 255 255.66 256.66 256.88 273.88 277.88          
NI Conservatives Frank Shivers 2.85% 210 215.06 215.06 221.66 238.1            
UKIP John Montgomery 2.92% 215 217.42 217.42 220.06              
Independent Gavan Reynolds 0.45% 33 35.86                  
Electorate: 18,166   Valid: 7,357 (40.50%)   Spoilt: 93   Quota: 1,052   Turnout: 7,450 (41.01%)  

Bangor East and Donaghadee

2014: 3 x DUP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Independent
2019: 2 x UUP, 2 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Independent
2014-2019 Change: UUP gain from Independent, Independent leaves DUP

Bangor East and Donaghadee - 6 seats[3]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
UUP Mark Brooks* 17.47% 1,327              
Alliance Gavin Walker* 17.15% 1,303              
UUP David Chambers* 12.67% 963 1,006 1,144.78          
DUP Peter Martin* † 11.87% 902 905 908.24 913.28 916.97 1,413.97    
DUP Bill Keery* ‡ 10.06% 764 775 784 787.6 799.12 965.2 1,280.72  
Independent Tom Smith* 10.06% 765 805 844.06 904.9 922.27 966.31 973.79 1,056.75
Green (NI) Hannah McNamara 9.67% 735 752 772.88 915.62 929.3 947.44 950.16 986.2
DUP Janice MacArthur 9.24% 702 711 733.14 737.28 746.82      
NI Conservatives Paul Leeman 1.80% 137              
Electorate: 17,416   Valid: 7,598 (43.63%)   Spoilt: 98   Quota: 1,086   Turnout: 7,696 (44.19%)  

Bangor West

2014: 2 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x UUP, 1 x Green
2019: 2 x Alliance, 1 x DUP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Green
2014-2019 Change: Alliance gain from DUP

Bangor West - 5 seats[3]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3
Alliance Connie Egan 20.16% 1,151    
DUP Jennifer Gilmour 17.34% 990    
UUP Marion Smith* 17.20% 982    
Green (NI) Barry McKee 16.62% 949 1,022  
Alliance Scott Wilson* 12.32% 703 746 930.79
DUP Alan Graham* 13.12% 749 787 791.42
NI Conservatives Ben English 2.00% 114    
Sinn Féin Kieran Maxwell 1.24% 71    
Electorate: 13,585   Valid: 5,709 (42.02%)   Spoilt: 85   Quota: 952   Turnout: 5,794 (42.65%)  

Comber

2014: 2 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x UUP, 1 x TUV
2019: 2 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x UUP, 1 x TUV
2014-2019 Change: No change

Comber - 5 seats[3]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Alliance Deborah Girvan* 23.23% 1,516          
UUP Philip Smith 16.58% 1,082 1,178.3        
DUP Trevor Cummings* 12.91% 843 856.8 895.5 901.8 1,298.8  
DUP Robert Gibson* 15.09% 985 992.5 1,024.5 1,028.7 1,201.7  
TUV Stephen Cooper* 10.65% 695 716 819.3 828 887 1,065
Green (NI) Ricky Bamford 5.70% 372 582.3 737.4 780.6 797.6 816.6
DUP John Montgomery 9.85% 643 648.7 689.5 693.1    
UUP Michael Palmer 4.87% 318 361.8        
Independent John Sloan 1.12% 73 100        
Electorate: 14,244   Valid: 6,527 (45.82%)   Spoilt: 60   Quota: 1,088   Turnout: 6,587 (46.24%)  

Holywood and Clandeboye

2014: 2 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Green, 1 x UUP
2019: 2 x Alliance, 1 x Green, 1 x DUP, 1 x UUP
2014-2019 Change: Alliance gain from DUP

Holywood and Clandeboye - 5 seats[3]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Alliance Andrew Muir* † 20.43% 1,397            
Green (NI) Rachel Woods †† 19.18% 1,311            
Alliance Gillian Greer 18.27% 1,249            
DUP Stephen Dunne* † 16.66% 1,139 1,171.4          
UUP Carl McClean 7.42% 507 557.04 599.82 683.19 725.94 729.9 1,143.9
DUP Roberta Dunlop 9.90% 677 681.32 697.13 712.49 721.23 730.23 742.23
UUP Tim Lemon 6.08% 416 505.64 563.92 645.74 701.6 705.92  
NI Conservatives Andrew Turner 2.06% 141 218.4 269.55        
Electorate: 15,052   Valid: 6,837 (45.42%)   Spoilt: 67   Quota: 1,140   Turnout: 6,904 (45.87%)  

Newtownards

2014: 3 x DUP, 2 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Independent
2019: 3 x DUP, 2 x Alliance, 1 x UUP, 1 x Independent
2014-2019 Change: Alliance gain from UUP

Newtownards - 7 seats[3]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Independent Jimmy Menagh* † 25.63% 2,138            
DUP Naomi Armstrong* 14.77% 1,232            
Alliance Nick Mathison 13.08% 1,091            
DUP Stephen McIlveen* 10.77% 898 1,127.1          
DUP Colin Kennedy 6.83% 570 771.84 919.59 924.07 988.03 1,055.03  
UUP Richard Smart* 8.82% 736 964.52 970.97 979.45 986.99 1,040.12 1,076.12
Alliance Alan McDowell* 6.88% 574 668.54 670.19 678.83 679.87 696.66 977.61
UUP Ian Dickson 5.77% 481 585.98 599.78 602.09 607.29 677.47 734.16
Green (NI) Maurice Macartney 4.49% 374 448.82 450.47 466.01 467.05 503.97  
UKIP Paul Corry 2.67% 223 341.32 348.07 358.34 361.2    
Independent Ben King 0.29% 24 61.12 61.42        
Electorate: 20,491   Valid: 8,341 (40.71%)   Spoilt: 138   Quota: 1,043   Turnout: 8,479 (41.38%)  

Changes during the term

† Co-options

Date co-opted Electoral Area Party Outgoing Co-optee Reason
11 October 2019 Holywood and Clandeboye Green (NI) Rachel Woods Kathryn McNickle Woods was co-opted to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
30 January 2020 Holywood and Clandeboye Alliance Andrew Muir Martin McRandal Muir was co-opted to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
11 May 2020 Bangor East and Donaghadee DUP Peter Martin Janice MacArthur Martin resigned.
19 July 2021 Holywood and Clandeboye DUP Stephen Dunne Peter Johnson Dunne was co-opted to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
12 October 2021 Holywood and Clandeboye Green (NI) Kathryn McNickle Lauren Kendall McNickle resigned.
5 May 2022 Newtownards Independent Jimmy Menagh Steven Irvine Menagh died.
25 May 2022 Newtownards Alliance Nick Mathison Vicky Moore Mathison was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
25 May 2022 Bangor West Alliance Connie Egan Hannah Irwin Egan was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

‡ Changes in affiliation

Date Electoral Area Name Previous affiliation New affiliation Circumstance
19 Apr 2021 Bangor East and Donaghadee Bill Keery DUP Independent Suspended from the DUP following controversial comments about Prince Philip.[4]
2 March 2022 Bangor Central Wesley Irvine DUP Independent Resigned from the DUP to support the re-election campaign of independent unionist MLA Alex Easton.[5]

– Suspensions

Colin Kennedy (DUP) was suspended from the council for six weeks from Friday 18 June 2021.[6]

Last update 25 May 2022.

Current composition: see Ards and North Down Borough Council.

References

  1. ^ "Ards and North Down Borough Council". BBC News. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Local Council Election Results 2019". Ards and North Down Borough Council. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Local Council Elections 2019 - Results by Stage". 2 May 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  4. ^ "DUP councillor suspended after suggesting Prince Philip may have "groomed" the Queen". Belfast News Letter. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  5. ^ "DUP councillor quits party to back Easton for election in May". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  6. ^ "DUP Newtownards councillor suspended for 'bullying and harassing' behaviour towards female colleague". Belfast Live. Retrieved 29 August 2019.