Carrickfergus Borough Council Elections 1993-2011

Very much a case of 'as you were' in Carrickfergus in 2011. Party representation on the council is identical to 2005 with no seats changing hands. The Alliance vote share improved moderately and they were unfortunate to not gain an additional seat in Knockagh. Despite a significantly inferior first preference vote, the UUP managed to claim four seats to the Alliance's three. Carrickfergus had the lowest turnout of the election at 46.2%.


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Map by Conal Kelly


Electoral Area 2011 Results 2005 Results 2001 Results 1997 Results 1993 Results
Knockagh Monument 3 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 Alliance 3 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 Alliance 2 UUP, 2 DUP, 2 Alliance 2 UUP, 2 Alliance, 1 DUP, 1 Ind 2 UUP, 2 Alliance, 1 DUP, 1 Ind
Carrick Castle 2 DUP, 1 Alliance, 1 Ind, 1 UUP 2 DUP, 1 Alliance, 1 UUP, 1 Ind 2 DUP, 1 Alliance, 1 UUP, 1 Ind 1 Alliance, 1 DUP, 1 UUP, 2 Ind 2 Alliance, 1 DUP, 1 UUP, 1 Ind
Kilroot 3 DUP, 1 Alliance, 1 Ind, 1 UUP 3 DUP, 1 Alliance, 1 Ind, 1 UUP 2 DUP, 2 Alliance, 1 Ind, 1 UUP 2 Alliance, 1 UUP, 1 DUP, 1 Ind U, 1 Ind 2 Alliance, 2 UUP, 1 Con, 1 Ind


Summary

2011 Results 2005 Results 2001 Results 1997 Results 1993 Results
Votes by Party:
DUP: 5,356 (43.2%), 8 councillors
Alliance: 3,110 (25.1%), 3 councillors
UUP: 1,972 (15.9%), 4 councillors
Ind: 1,670 (13.5%), 2 councillors
Green: 294 (2.4%)
Votes by Party:
DUP: 6,015 (43.3%), 8 councillors
Alliance: 3,218 (23.2%), 3 councillors
UUP: 2,508 (18.0%), 4 councillors
*Ind: 2,159 (15.5%), 2 councillors
Votes by Party:
UUP: 3,728 (24.2%), 4 councillors
DUP: 4,905 (31.8%), 6 councillors
Alliance: 3,629 (23.5%), 5 councillors
PUP: 425 (2.8%)
*Ind: 2,734 (17.7%), 2 councillors
Votes by Party:
UUP: 2,330 (21.6%), 4 councillors
DUP: 2,160 (20.0%), 3 councillors
Alliance: 2,956 (27.4%), 5 councillors
PUP: 565 (5.2%)
U: 1,461 (13.5%), 2 councillors
Ind: 1,311 (12.2%), 3 councillors
Votes by Party:
UUP: 2,628 (24.0%), 5 councillors
DUP: 2,024 (18.5%), 2 councillors
Alliance: 3,520 (32.2%), 6 councillors
PUP: 183 (1.7%)
Lab: 352 (3.2%)
Cons: 776 (7.1%), 1 councillor
Ind: 1,461 (13.3%), 3 councillors
Electorate: 27,281; votes cast: 12,612; spoilt votes: 210 (1.7%); valid votes: 12,402 (98.3%) Electorate: 25,978; votes cast: 14,215; spoilt votes: 315 (2.2%); valid votes: 13,900 (97.8%) Electorate: 27,257; votes cast: 15,794; spoilt votes: 376 (2.4%); valid votes: 15,418 (97.6%) Electorate: 26,527; votes cast: 10,960; spoilt votes: 177 (1.6%); valid votes: 10,783 (98.4%) Electorate: 24,896; votes cast: 11,216; spoilt votes: 272 (2.4%); valid votes: 10,944 (97.6%)

2001 Census: 3,260 "Catholic" (8.66%); 32,042 "Protestant" (85.08%); 135 Other (0.36%); 2222 None (5.90%)

*A change in legislation in 2001 made it impossible to run as an "Independent Unionist", so a number of "Independent" candidates in 2001 had previously been "Independent Unionists". One of the two succesful Independents described himself as a "Unionist" on the council web-site.

See also results from 1985-89 and 1973-81.


Knockagh Monument

Westminster seat: East Antrim
Includes these wards: Burleigh Hill, Clipperstown, Gortalee, Greenisland, Knockagh, Woodburn


2011 Results

No change. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
May Beattie, (DUP) 1085
Stewart Dickson, (Alliance) 835
Andrew Wilson, (UUP) 568
Jim McClurg, (DUP) 560
John Stewart, (UUP) 454
Charie Johnston, (DUP) 431

Shireen Bell, (Alliance) 316
Louise Marsden, (DUP) 248
Brian Luney, (Green) 125
Votes by Party:
DUP: 2,324 (50.3%), 3 seats
Alliance: 1,151 (24.9%), 1 seat
UUP: 1,022 (22.1%), 2 seats
Green: 125 (2.7%)

Electorate: 10,090; seats: 6; votes cast: 4,703; spoilt votes: 81 (1.7%);
valid votes: 4,622 (98.3%); quota: 661


2005 Results

DUP gain from Alliance.  (spreadsheet)

First Count:
May Beattie, (DUP) 1718
Roy Beggs, (UUP) 1007
Stewart Dickson, (Alliance) 785
James McClurg, (DUP) 443

Shireen Bell, (Alliance) 296
Robert Rice, (Ind) 293
Mark Cosgrove, (UUP) 253
Louise Marsden, (DUP) 214

Jackie Glover, (UUP) 165
Votes by Party:
DUP: 2,375 (45.9%), 3 seats
UUP: 1,425 (27.5%), 2 seats
Alliance: 1,081 (20.9%), 1 seat
Ind: 293 (5.7%)

Electorate: 9,540; seats: 6; votes cast: 5,285; spoilt votes: 111 (2.1%);
valid votes: 5,174 (97.9%); quota: 740


2001 Results

DUP gain from Ind. (spreadsheet) 

First Count:
Roy Beggs Jr, (UUP) 1,575
May Beattie, (DUP) 1,420
Stewart Dickson, (Alliance) 1,165
Gwendoline Wilson, (UUP) 625
James McClurg, (DUP) 501
Noreen McIlwrath, (Alliance) 199
Carolyn Howarth, (PUP) 166
Votes by Party:
UUP: 2,200 (38.9%), 2 seats
DUP: 1,921 (34.0%), 2 seats
Alliance:1,364 (24.2%), 2 seats
PUP: 166 (2.9%)

Electorate: 9,812; seats: 6; votes cast: 5,790; spoilt votes: 139 (2.4%);
valid votes: 5,651 (97.6%); quota: 808
2001 Census: 1,080 "Catholic" (7.86%); 11,783 "Protestant" (85.74%); 50 Other (0.59%); 829 None (6.03%)

1997 Results

No change (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Stewart Dickson, (Alliance) 867
Thomas Creighton, (UUP) 754
May Beattie, (DUP) 580
Charles Johnston, (Ind) 457
Joseph Reid, (UUP) 377
William A Haggan, (DUP) 336
Noreen McIlwrath, (Alliance) 209
Carolyn Howarth, (PUP) 184

Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,131 (30.0%), 2 seats
Alliance: 1,076 (28.6%), 2 seats
DUP: 916 (24.3%), 1 seat
PUP: 184 (4.9%)
Ind: 457 (12.2%), 1 seat

Electorate: 9,549; seats: 6; valid votes: 3,764; quota: 538

1993 Results
(spreadsheet)

First Count:
Stewart Clyde Dickson, (Alliance) 947
David Henry Apsley, (UUP) 684
Charles Johnston, (Ind) 492
William Alexander Haggan, (DUP) 419

May Margaret Beattie, (DUP) 361
Joseph Clarence Reid, (UUP) 231
Mary McFall, (UUP) 175
Noreen McIlwrath, (Alliance) 146
Nicola Ellen Maud Eakin, (Cons) 121
Charles Moffett, (Cons) 94
Votes by Party:
Alliance: 1,093 (29.8%), 2 seats
UUP: 1,090 (27.7%), 2 seats
DUP: 780 (21.2%), 1 seat
Cons: 215 (5.8%)
Ind: 492 (13.4%), 1 seat

Electorate: 8,859; seats: 6; votes cast: 3,766; spoilt votes: 96 (2.5%);
valid votes: 3,670 (97.5%); quota: 526

2011: ***DUP 50%, *Alliance 25%, **UUP 22%, Green 3%
2005: ***DUP 46%, **UUP 27%, *Alliance 21%, Ind 6%
2001: **UUP 39%, **DUP 34%, **Alliance 24%, PUP 3%
1997: **UUP 30%, **Alliance 29%, *DUP 24%, *Ind 12%, PUP 5%
1993: **Alliance 30%, **UUP 30%, *DUP 21%, *Ind 13%, Cons 6%


Carrick Castle

Westminster seat: East Antrim
Includes these wards: Killycrot, Love Lane, Milebush, Northland, Sunnylands


2011 Results

No change (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Sean Neeson, (Alliance) 651
David Hilditch, (DUP) 507
William Hamilton, (Ind) 366
Deborah Emerson, (DUP) 260
Elizabeth McKnight, (UUP) 243

Patricia McKinney, (DUP) 186
Nick Wady, (Ind) 125
Noel Williams, (Alliance) 124
Votes by Party:
DUP: 953 (38.7%), 2 seats
Alliance: 775 (31.5%), 1 seat
Ind: 491 (19.9%), 1 seat
UUP: 243 (9.9%), 1 seat

Electorate: 5,761; seats: 5; votes cast: 2,513; spoilt votes: 51 (2.0%);
valid votes: 3,462 (98.0%); quota: 411


2005 Results

No change (spreadsheet)

First Count:
David Hilditch, (DUP) 1052
Sean Neeson, (Alliance) 792
William Hamilton, (Ind) 421
Albert Ferguson, (UUP) 275

Philip Mannis, (Ind) 203
Patricia Mckinney, (DUP) 186
Nicholas Wady, (Ind) 80
Votes by Party:
DUP: 1,238 (41.1%), 2 seats
Alliance: 792 (26.3%), 1 seat
UUP: 275 (9.1%), 1 seat
Ind: 704 (23.4%), 1 seat

Electorate: 5,944; seats: 5; votes cast: 3,092; spoilt votes: 83 (2.7%);
valid votes: 3,009 (97.3%); quota: 502


2001 Results

DUP gain from Ind. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
David Hilditch, (DUP) 996
Sean Neeson, (Alliance) 662
William Hamilton, (Ind) 552
Darin Ferguson, (UUP) 435
William Cameron, (Ind) 303
David Beck, (PUP) 259
Nicholas Wady, (Ind) 134
Patricia McKinney, (DUP) 130
Margaret Hawkins, (Alliance) 112
Votes by Party:
DUP: 1,126 (31.4%), 2 seats
Alliance: 774 (21.6%), 1 seat
UUP: 435 (12.1%), 1 seat
PUP: 259 (7.3%)
Ind: 989 (27.6%), 1 seat

Electorate: 6,542; seats: 5; votes cast: 3,675; spoilt votes: 92 (2.5%);
valid votes: 3,583 (97.5%); quota: 598
2001 Census: 797 "Catholic" (9.01%); 7,531 "Protestant" (85.17%); 20 Other (0.23%); 494 None (5.59%)

1997 Results

Ind gain from Alliance. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Sean Neeson, (Alliance) 741
David Hilditch, (DUP) 626
William Hamilton, (Ind) 494
Samuel McCamley, (UUP) 466
Nicholas Wady, (Ind) 233
Samuel Stewart, (PUP) 144
Arthur McQuitty, (Alliance) 54
Votes by Party:
Alliance: 795 (28.8%), 1 seat
DUP: 626 (22.7%), 1 seat
UUP: 466 (16.9%), 1 seat
PUP: 144 (5.2%)
Ind: 727 (26.4%), 2 seats

Electorate: 6,744; seats: 5; valid votes: 2,758; quota: 460

1993 Results 

(spreadsheet)
First Count:
Sean Neeson, (Alliance) 1,096
David William Hilditch, (DUP) 696
William Samuel Hamilton, (Ind) 580

Samuel Young McCamley, (UUP) 231
Samuel James Stewart, (PUP) 183
Robert Mearns McCartney, (UUP) 174
Arthur Alexander McQuitty, (Alliance) 92
Votes by Party:
Alliance: 1,188 (38.9%), 2 seats
DUP: 696 (22.8%), 1 seat
UUP: 405 (13.3%), 1 seat
PUP: 183 (6.0%)
Ind: 580 (19.0%), 1 seat

Electorate: 6,731; seats: 5; votes cast: 3,119; spoilt votes: 67 (2.1%);
valid votes: 3,052 (97.9%); quota: 510

2011: **DUP 39%, *Alliance 31%, *Inds 20%, *UUP 10%
2005: **DUP 41%, *Alliance 26%, *Inds 23%, *UUP 9%
2001: **DUP 31%, *Inds 28%, *Alliance 22%, *UUP 12%, PUP 7%
1997: *Alliance 29%, **Inds 26%, *DUP 23%, *UUP 17%, PUP 5%
1993: **Alliance 39%, *DUP 23%, *Ind 19%, *UUP 13%, PUP 6%

Best vote share for Alliance in Northern Ireland in 1993.


Kilroot

Westminster seat: East Antrim
Includes these wards: Blackhead, Bluefield, Boneybefore, Eden, Victoria, Whitehead


2011 Results

No change. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Jim Brown, (Ind) 1179
Billy Ashe, (DUP) 1173
Isobel Day, (Alliance) 691
Terence Clements, (DUP) 515

Robert Logan, (Alliance) 493
Lynn McClurg, (DUP) 391

Eric Ferguson, (UUP) 359
Cathy Vizard, (UUP) 348
Mark Bailey, (Green) 169
Votes by Party:
DUP: 2,079 (39.1%), 3 seats
Alliance: 1,184 (22.3%), 1 seat
Ind: 1,179 (22.2%), 1 seat
UUP: 707 (13.3%), 1 seat
Green: 169 (3.2%)

Electorate: 11,430; seats: 6; votes cast: 5,396 spoilt votes: 78 (1.4%);
valid votes: 5,318 (98.6%); quota: 760


2005 Results

DUP gain from Alliance (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Billy Ashe, (DUP) 1775
Charles Brown, (Ind) 1162
Isobel Day, (Alliance) 709

Robert Logan, (Alliance) 636
Eric Ferguson, (UUP) 622
Terence Clements, (DUP) 375
Lynn McClurg, (DUP) 252

Carolyn Howarth, (UUP) 186
Votes by Party:
DUP: 2,402 (42.0%), 3 seats
Alliance: 1,345 (23.5%), 1 seat
UUP: 808 (14.1%), 1 seat
Ind: 1,162 (20.3%), 1 seat

Electorate: 10,494; seats: 6; votes cast: 5,838; spoilt votes: 121 (2.1%);
valid votes: 5,717 (97.9%); quota: 817


2001 Results

DUP gain from Ind U (spreadsheet)

First Count:
William Ashe, (DUP) 1,425
James Brown, (Ind) 1,275
Eric Ferguson, (UUP) 1,093
Janet Crampsey, (Alliance) 807
Robin Cavan, (Alliance) 684
Samuel Crowe, (Ind) 470
Robert Clements, (DUP) 430
Votes by Party:
DUP: 1,855 (30.0%), 2 seats
Alliance: 1,491 (24.1%), 2 seats
UUP: 1,093 (17.7%), 1 seat
Ind: 1,745 (28.2%), 1 seat

Electorate: 10,903; seats: 6; votes cast: 6,329; spoilt votes: 145 (2.3%);
valid votes: 6,184 (97.7%); quota: 884
2001 Census: 1,383 "Catholic" (9.17%); 12,728 "Protestant" (84.44%); 64 Other (0.42%); 899 None (5.96%)

1997 Results

DUP and Ind U gain from UUP and Cons (spreadsheet)

First Count:
James Brown, (Ind U) 908
Janet Crampsey, (Alliance) 554
Samuel Crowe, (Ind) 553
Robin Cavan, (Alliance) 531
Eric Ferguson, (UUP) 371
Colin McAuley, (UUP) 362
William Ashe, (DUP) 357
Desmond Robinson, (DUP) 261
Billy Donaldson, (PUP) 237
Norman Dixon, (Ind) 127
Votes by Party:
Alliance: 1,085 (25.5%), 2 seats
UUP: 733 (17.2%), 1 seat
DUP: 618 (14.5%), 1 seat
PUP: 237 (5.6%)
Ind U: 908 (21.3%), 1 seat
Ind: 680 (15.9%), 1 seat

Electorate: 10,234; seats: 6; valid votes: 4,261; quota: 609

1993 Results

(spreadsheet)
First Count:
Janet Crampsey, (Alliance) 850
James Brown, (UUP) 521
Alexander Francis Beggs, (UUP) 463

Samuel Crowe, (Cons) 460
William Cross, (DUP) 403
William Donaldson, (Alliance) 389
Robert Barron Patton, (Ind) 389
Norman Bernard Dixon, (Ind Workers Representatives) 229
Eric Alexander Higgins, (DUP) 145
Robert Alexander Wilson, (Cons) 101
Ronald Mowat, (UUP) 93
Eric Ferguson, (UUP) 56
William Robert James Venables, (Ind Workers Representatives) 123
Votes by Party:
Alliance: 1,239 (29.3%), 2 seats
UUP: 1,133 (26.8%), 2 seats
DUP: 548 (13.0%)
Cons: 561 (13.3%), 1 seat
Ind Workers Representatives: 352 (8.3%)
Ind: 389 (9.3%), 1 seat

Electorate: 9,306; seats: 6; votes cast: 4,331; spoilt votes: 109 (2.5%); valid votes: 4,222 (97.5%); quota: 605

2011: ***DUP 39%, *Alliance 22%, *Ind 22%, *UUP 13, Green 3%
2005: ***DUP 42%, *Alliance 23%, *Ind 20%, *UUP 14%
2001: **DUP 30%, *Inds 28%, **Alliance 24%, *UUP 18%
1997: **Alliance 25%, *Ind U 21%, *UUP 17%, *Inds 16%, *DUP 15%, PUP 6%
(1994 by-election: *Alliance 49%, UUP 27%, DUP 24%)
1993: **Alliance 29%, **UUP 27%, *Cons 13%, DUP 13%, *Ind 9%, Independent Workers Representatives 8%


Carrickfergus Borough Council Election Results Since 1973

historical chart

2011: DUP 8, UUP 4, Alliance 3, Ind 2
2005: DUP 8, UUP 4, Alliance 3, Ind 2
2001: DUP 6, Alliance 5, UUP 4, Ind 2
1997: Alliance 5, UUP 4, DUP 3, U 2, Ind 3
1993: Alliance 6, UUP 5, DUP 2, Con 1, Ind 3
1989: UUP 4, Alliance 4, DUP 3, PUP 1, U 2, Ind 1
1985: OUP 7, DUP 3, Alliance 3, PUP 1, Ind 1
1981: DUP 7, UUP 3, Alliance 3, Loy 1, Ind U 1
1977: Alliance 5, UUP 5, DUP 3, UPNI 1, Loy 1
1973: U Loy 5, UUP 5, Alliance 3, Loy 1, Ind U 1

NB: 17 councillors since 1993 election, 15 before that.


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