The Local Government Elections 1973-1981: Newtownabbey

Map by Conal Kelly

The Elections

1981 Results 1977 Results 1973 Results
Votes by Party:
DUP: 9,275 (34.7%), 5 Councillors
UUP: 9,210 (34.5%), 9 Councillors
Alliance: 4,174 (15.6%), 3 Councillors
NALP: 1,028 (3.8%), 1 Councillor
Ind U: 951 (3.6%), 1 Councillor
U: 598 (2.2%), 1 Councillor
WPRC: 375 (1.4%)
Ind AP: 323 (1.2%)
CPI: 32 (0.1%)
Independent: 807 (3.0%), 1 Councillor
Votes by Party:
UUP: 7,452 (38.1%), 8 Councillors
Alliance: 5,556 (28.4%), 6 Councillors
DUP: 3,066 (15.7%), 3 Councillors
UPNI: 689 (3.5%), 1 Councillor
DUP/UUUC: 646 (3.2%), 1 Councillor
Ind CMTY: 594 (3.0%)
Ind Lab: 484 (2.5%), 1 Councillor
Loyalist: 457 (2.3%), 1 Councillor
Rep Cl: 168 (0.9%)
DOMP: 147 (0.8%)
Independent: 321 (1.6%)
Votes by Party:
DUP: 1,295 (4.4%), 1 Councillor
UUP: 11,294 (38.4%), 9 Councillors
Unionist: 2,776 (9.4%), 3 Councillors
Alliance: 5,565 (18.9%), 3 Councillors
NILP: 1,793 (6.1%), 1 Councillor
SDLP: 508 (1.7%)
Ratepayers 483 (1.6%)
Comm Party: 152 (0.5%)
Non Party: 455 (3.2%)
LDU: 2,863 (9.7%), 2 Councillors
Un Loy: 748 (2.5%), 1 Councillor
Loyalist: 1,504 (5.1%), 1 Councillor
Electorate: 50,803; votes cast: 27,604; spoilt votes: 871 (3.2%); valid votes: 26,733 (96.8%) Electorate: 49,010; votes cast: 20,222; spoilt votes: 642 (3.2%); valid votes: 19,580 (96.8%) Electorate: 45,549*; votes cast: 29,747; spoilt votes: 311(1.0%); valid votes: 29,436 (99.0%)

*Electorate uncertain of one for this data this figure is composed of. See Newtownabbey C.


Newtownabbey A

1981 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
J. Wilson (UUP) 850
T. Kirkland (DUP) 830
Mrs M Harkness (DUP) 818
A. Templeton (UUP) 758

J. Anderson (UUP) 710
S.R. Cameron (U) 598
P. McCudden (Alliance) 550
Votes by Party:
UUP: 2,318 (45.3%), 2 seats
DUP: 1,648 (32.2%), 2 seats
U: 598 (11.7%), 1 seat
Alliance: 550 (10.8%)

Electorate: 8,958; seats: 5; votes cast: 5,243; spoilt votes: 129 (2.5%); valid votes: 5,114 (97.5%); quota: 853

1977 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
S.R. Cameron (UUP) 1,053
Mrs M. Harkness (DUP/UUUC) 646
J.M. Wilson (UUP) 572
P.B. McCudden (Alliance) 544
A.M. Templeton (UUP) 482
S. Todd (UUP) 199
K. Lindsay (DOMP) 147
Votes by Party:
UUP: 2,306 (63.3%), 3 seats
DUP/UUUC: 646 (17.7%), 1 seat
Allianc: 544 (14.9%), 1 seat
DOMP: 147 (4.0%)


Electorate: 8,644; seats: 5; votes cast: 3,752; spoilt votes: 109 (2.9%); valid votes: 3,643 (97.1%); quota: 608

1973 Results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Sidney Cameron (UUP) 1,379
Thomas Bell (LDU) 878
James Craig (UUP) 806
Samuel Todd (UUP) 593

Arthur Templeton (Unionist) 579

T.A. Peoples (Alliance) 367
Elizabeth McDowell (Alliance) 301
Margaret McGregor (UUP) 258
Alex Byrne (NILP) 53
Votes by Party:
Loyalist and Democratic Unionist: 878 (16.8%), 1 seat
UUP: 3,036 (58.2%), 3 seats
Unionist: 579 (11.1%), 1 seat
Alliance: 668 (12.8%)
NILP: 53 (1.0%)

Electorate: 8,286; seats: 5; votes cast: 5,274; spoilt votes: 60 (1.1%); valid votes: 5,214 (98.9%); quota: 870

Newtownabbey B

1981 Results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
D. Hanna (DUP) 1,964
F. Agnew (UUP) 1,090
Mrs L. McCartney (UUP) 547
C.W. Stringer (UUP) 450

R. Kidd (NALP) 433

A.K. Kelly (WPRC) 375
J.G. Elliott (Alliance) 363

H. Montgomery (Alliance) 291
A. Keery (NALP) 102
W. Stewart (CPI) 32
Votes by Party:
UUP: 2,087 (37.0%), 3 seats
DUP: 1,964 (34.8%), 1 seat
Alliance: 654 (11.6%), 1 seat
NALP: 535 (9.5%), 1 seat
WPRC: 375 (6.6%)
CPI: 32 (0.6%)

Electorate: 12,043; seats: 6; votes cast: 5,920; spoilt votes: 273 (4.6%); valid votes: 5,647 (95.4%); quota: 807

1977 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:457
I. Hunter (UUP) 737
G. Herron (DUP) 693
Miss D.E. Robb (UUP) 529

J.G. Elliott (Alliance) 516
C.W. Stringer (Loy) 457
R. Kidd (Ind Lab) 367
J.H.R. Mellor (Alliance) 304
T. Gourley (Ind) 231
J. McWatters (UUP) 210
J.J. Magee (Rep Cl) 168
B.P. Caul (Ind Lab) 117
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,476 (34.1%), 2 seats
Alliance: 820 (18.9%), 1 seat
DUP: 693 (16.0)%), 1 seat
Ind Lab: 484 (11.2%), 1 seat
Loyalist: 457 (10.6%), 1 seat
Independent: 231 (5.3%)
Republican Clubs: 168 (3.9%)

Electorate: 12,734; seats: 6; votes cast: 4,537; spoilt votes: 208 (4.6%); valid votes: 4,329 (95.4%); quota: 619

1973 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Alex McGowan (UUP) 1,665
William Stringer (Loyalist) 1,106
J.G. Elliott (Alliance) 789
T. Gourley (Un Loy) 748
Agnes Moore (UUP) 709
Dorothea Robb (UUP) 488
Edna Slack (Ratepayers) 483
R.J. Kidd (NILP) 437
John Watson (Loyalist) 398
Phyllis Fortune (Alliance) 264
William Byrne (NILP) 215
Joseph Sherrard (UUP) 210
Deirdre Byrne (NILP) 209
R. Johnston (NILP) 151
Colm Mullan (NILP) 111
Joseph Bowers (Comm Party) 107
Votes by Party:
UUP: 3,072 (38.0%), 2 seats
Loyalist: 1,504 (18.6%), 1 seat
NILP: 1,123 (13.9%), 1 seat
Alliance: 1,053 (13.0%), 1 seat
United Loyalist: 748 (9.2%), 1 seat
Ratepayers: 483 (6.0%)
Communist Party: 107 (1.3%)

Electorate: 13,188; seats: 6; votes cast: 8,200; spoilt votes: 110 (1.3%); valid votes: 8,090 (98.7%); quota: 1,156

 

Newtownabbey C

1981 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
D. Neill (DUP) 2,737
C. Forsythe (UUP) 1,
499
L. Caul (UUP) 1,277

D. Dowds (Ind) 807

Mrs C.M. Martins (Alliance) 560

G. Jones (Aalliance) 534
G.H. Mawhinney (Alliance) 460
B. Caul (NALP) 252
Votes by Party:
UUP: 2,776 (34.2%), 2 seats
DUP: 2,737 (33.7%), 1 seat
Alliance: 1,554 (19.1%), 1 seat
Independent: 807 (9.9%), 1 seat
NALP: 252 (3.1%)

Electorate: 15,006; seats: 5; votes cast: 8,332; spoilt votes: 206 (2.5%); valid votes: 8,126 (97.5%); quota: 1,355

1977 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Mrs C.M.D. Martin (Alliance) 1,128
R.L. Caul (UUP) 1,033
S.D. Neill (DUP) 1,030
G.E. Jones (Alliance) 880
B. Bickerstaff (UPNI) 689
D. Dowds (Ind CMTY) 594
Mrs L. McCartney (UUP) 552
Mrs O. Shannon (Ind) 90
Votes by Party:
Alliance: 2,008 (33.5%), 2 seats
UUP: 1,585 (26.4%), 1 seat
DUP: 1,030 (17.2%), 1 seat
UPNI: 689 (11.5%), 1 seat
Independent Community: 594 (9.9%)
Independent: 90 (1.5%)


Electorate: 14,483; seats: 5; votes cast: 6,153; spoilt votes: 157 (2.6%); valid votes: 5.996 (97.4%); quota: 1,000

1973 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Bertram Bickerstaff (UUP) 2,117
Samuel D. Neill (LDU) 1,985

P.H. Johnston (Alliance) 914

George Jones (Alliance) 644
Trevor Strain (Unionist) 576
Claire Martin (Alliance) 481
James McWatters (UUP) 421
Letitia McCartney (UUP) 373
D. Doris (NILP) 201
J.W. McDowell (NILP) 180
Thomas Williamson (NILP) 62
Votes by Party:
UUP: 2,911 (36.6%), 2 seats
Alliance: 2,039 (25.6%), 1 seat
Loyalist and Democratic Unionist: 1,985 (25.0%), 1 seat
Unionist: 576 (7.2%), 1 seat
NILP: 443 (5.6%)

Electorate: 12,142; seats: 5; votes cast: 8,032 (66%); spoilt votes: 78 (1.0%); valid votes: 7,954 (99.0%); quota: 1,326

Newtownabbey D

1981 Results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
J. Smith (DUP) 2,926

J. Rooney (Alliance) 1,068

G. Merron (Ind U) 951
I. HUnter (UUP) 949
A. Kell (UUP) 560

W. McKee (UUP) 520
J. Drysdale (Ind AP) 323
J. Smith (Alliance) 308
T. Davidson (NALP) 147
L. Prior (NALP) 94
Votes by Party:
DUP: 2,926 (37.3%), 1 seat
UUP: 2,029 (25.9%), 2 seats
Alliance: 1,376 (17.5%), 1 seat
Ind U: 951 (12.1%), 1 seat
Ind AP: 323 (4.1%)
NALP: 241 (3.1`%)

Electorate: 14,796; seats: 5; votes cast: 8,109; spoilt votes: 263 (3.2%); valid votes: 7,846 (96.8%); quota: 1,308

1977 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
J.F. Drysdale (Alliance) 1,553
J. Smyth (DUP) 1,343

J.A. Kell (UUP) 952
W. McKee (UUP) 625

J.J. Rooney (Alliance) 631

J.A. Michael (UUP) 508
Votes by Party:
Alliance: 2,184 (38.9%), 2 seats
UUP: 2,085 (37.2%), 2 seats
DUP:1,343 (23.9%), 1 seat

Electorate: 13,149; seats: 5; votes cast: 5,780; spoilt votes: 168 (2.9%); valid votes: 5,612 (97.1%); quota: 936

1973 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
J.A. Kell (UUP) 1,381
William McKee (Unionist) 1,324
James Smith (DUP) 1,295
J.F. Drysdale (Alliance) 890

Daniel Leckey (Alliance) 679
M.J. Alexander (UUP) 515
A. Carlin (SDLP) 508
George Rae (UUP) 379
R. Martin (Unionist) 297
G.L. Herron (Non Party) 278
M. Johnston (Alliance) 236
R.G. Maxwell (Non Party) 177
Eleanor McDowell (NILP) 69
David Lowrie (NILP) 64
William Somerset (Comm party) 45
James McFall (NILP) 41
Votes by Party:
UUP: 2,275 (27.8%), 2 seats
Alliance:1,805 (22.1%), 1 seat
Unionist: 1,621 (19.8%), 1 seat
DUP: 1,295 (15.8%), 1 seat
SDLP: 508 (6.2%)
Non Party: 455 (5.5%
)NILP: 174 (2.1%)
Communist Party: 45 (0.5%)

Electorate: 11,933; seats: 5; votes cast: 8,241; spoilt votes: 63 (0.8%); valid votes: 8,178 (99.2%); quota: 1,364

 

 


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