Causeway Coast and Glens District Council

The new council is geographically spread from the Sperrin Mountains to Rathlin Island, down to Cushendall. It is a simple amalgamation of the old Limavady, Coleraine, and Ballymoney Borough Councils, as well as the old Moyle District Council.

The DUP were the largest party here, but not by the margin they had enjoyed in 2011; the UUP won only one seat less, despite being almost 10% behind in first preferences, boosted by impressive balancing in Coleraine and Ballymoney. SF lost a seat to the SDLP on Unionist transfers in Bann, leaving them still the larger Nationalist party but by 7 to 6 rather than 8 to 5. The TUV had a good result here, winning two seats in the area held by their leader in the Assembly, and a third farther west in the person of veteran dissident Boyd Douglas. The PUP ran only one candidate, but he topped the poll and was comfortably elected in Coleraine.

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Map by Conal Kelly



Summary

Electoral Area 2014 Results
Causeway
2 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 TUV, 1 Alliance
Coleraine 2 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 PUP, 1 SDLP
Ballymoney 3 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 SF, 1 TUV
Bann 2 UUP, 2 DUP, 1 SDLP
Limavady 2 DUP, 1 SF, 1 UUP, 1 SDLP
The Glens
2 SF, 1 Ind, 1 SDLP, 1 UUP
Benbradagh 3 SF, 1 TUV, 1 SDLP
2014 Results 2011 Notional Results
Votes by Party:
DUP: 12,582 (26.9%) 11 councillors
Sinn Féin: 9,313 (19.9%) 7 councillors
UUP: 8,071 (17.3%) 10 councillors
SDLP: 5,852 (12.5%) 6 councillors
TUV: 4,846 (10.4%) 3 councillors
Alliance: 1,822 (3.9%) 1 councillor
PUP: 777 (1.7%) 1 councillor
UKIP: 518 (1.1%)
NI21: 378 (0.8%)
Conservative: 129 (0.3%)
Independent: 2,431 (5.2%) 1 councillor
Votes by Party:
DUP: 16,312 (32.8%), 15 councillors
SF: 10,110 (20.3%), 9 councillors
UUP: 7,688 (15.5%), 6 councillors
SDLP: 6,005 (12.1%), 5 councillors
TUV: 2,027 (4.1%) 1 councillor
Alliance: 1,963 (4.0%) 1 councillor
UKIP: 91 (0.2%)
Ind: 5,495 (11.1%) 3 councillors (1 Ind, 1 Un, 1 Nat)


Electorate: 95,915; votes cast: 47,298 (49.3%); spoilt votes: 598 (1.2%); valid votes:46,685 Electorate: 93,338; votes cast: 53,544; spoilt votes: 963 (1.8%); valid votes: 52,491 (98.2%)

2011 Census: 56,649 "Catholic" (40.21%); 77,182 "Protestant" (54.79%); 913 Other (0.65%); 6,133 None (4.35%)

The notional results given above are my best guess projection of the 2011 results on the new boundaries - a "backcast" rather than a forecast.

See also results for:

Limavady: 1993-2011, 1985-89, and 1973-81
Coleraine: 1993-2011, 1985-89, and 1973-81
Ballymoney: 1993-2011, 1985-89, and 1973-81
Moyle: 1993-2011, 1985-89, and 1973-81


Causeway (7 seats)

Westminster seat: North Antrim / East Londonderry
Includes these wards: Atlantic, Dervock, Dundooan, Giant's Causeway, Hopefield, Portrush & Dunluce, and Portstewart.

2014

Frank Campbell (DUP) 910
Sandra Hunter (UUP) 762
Barney Fitzpatrick (Alliance) 745
Maura Hickey (SDLP) 699
Norman Hillis (UUP) 669
Mark Fielding (DUP) 643
Sharon McKillop (TUV) 616
Bill Kennedy (DUP) 497
Robert McPherson (UUP) 464
Alison Torrens (Independent) 282
David Alexander (NI21) 265
Angela Knott (DUP) 260
Adrian Parke (UKIP) 229
Leanne Abernethy (Independent) 207
Thomas Stirling (TUV) 161
DUP 2,310 (31.2%) 2 seats
UUP 1,895 (25.6%) 2 seats
TUV 777 (10.5%) 1 seat
Alliance 745 (10.1%) 1 seat
SDLP 699 (9.4%) 1 seat
Inds 489 (6.6%)
NI21 265(3.6%)
UKIP 229 (3.1%)
Electorate 16,548; total poll: 7,508 (45.4%); invalid votes 99 (1.3%); valid votes 7,409; quota 927.

Hicvkey (SDLP) finished 104.39 votes ahead of Kennedy (DUP), with undistributed surpluses of 56 (UUP) 13 (DUP) and 7 (Alliance) which make the real margin much closer.

Irish Observer projected 2 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 SDLP, 1 Alliance, 1 Ind, and Faha projected 3 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 SDLP, 1 Alliance. A veteran independent councillor did not contest the election, and it's fair to say that her seat, which might have been marginal with the DUP in 2011, was taken by the TUV.


Coleraine (6 seats)

Westminster seat: East Londonderry
Includes these wards: Churchland, Mountsandel, Quarry, University, Waterside, and Windy Hill.

2014

Russell Watton (PUP) 777
Stephanie Quigley (SDLP) 721
George Duddy (DUP) 710
William McCandless (UUP) 641
Trevor Clarke (DUP) 627
David Harding (UUP) 539

Tracy Craig (DUP) 483
Yvonne Boyle (Alliance) 408
Margaret Fleming (SF) 383
Phyllis Fielding (DUP) 360
Tommy Collins (TUV) 327
Billy Ellis (Independent) 284
William Ogilby (UKIP) 187
Christopher McCaw (NI21) 113
DUP 2,180 (33.2%) 2 seats
UUP 1,180 (18.0%) 2 seats
PUP 777 (11.8%) 1 seat
SDLP 721 (11.0%) 1 seat
Alliance 408 (6.2%)
SF 383 (5.8%)
TUV 327 (5.0%)
Ind 284 (4.3%)
UKIP 187 (2.9%)
NI21 113 (1.7%)

Electorate 15,443; total poll: 6,639 (43.0%); invalid votes 79 (1.2%); valid votes 6,560; quota 938.

Harding (UUP) finished 82.72 votes ahead of Craig (DUP). Another case of good balancing by the local UUP, who started a lot further from the second seat than the DUP were from their third.

Irish Observer projected 3 DUP, 1 UUP, 1 Alliance, 1 Ind, and
Faha projected 3 DUP, 1 UUP, 1 SDLP, 1 Ind. A good result for the UUP, then, and an excellent one for the PUP. Again, an incumbent independent did not stand.


Ballymoney (7 seats)

Westminster seat: North Antrim
Includes these wards: Ballymoney East, Ballymoney North, Ballymoney South, Clogh Mills, Dunloy, Rasharkin, and Route.

2014

John Finlay (DUP) 1,075
Philip McGuigan (SF) 941
William Blair (TUV) 846
Darryl Wilson (UUP) 754
Jamise McIlhagga (TUV) 632
Tom McKeown (UUP) 621
Leanne Peacock (SF) 615
Ian Stevenson (DUP) 593
Jonathan Wallace (DUP) 530
Alan McLean (DUP) 528
Harry Boyle (SDLP) 334
Stephen McFarland (Alliance) 304
Charley 'Pappy' O'Kane (Independent) 196
Angela Mulholland (SDLP) 149
James Simpson (Conservatives) 129
DUP 2,726 (33.1%) 3 seats
SF 1,556 (18.9%) 1 seat
TUV 1,478 (17.9%) 1 seat
UUP 1,375 (16.7%) 2 seats
SDLP 493 (5.9%)
Alliance 304 (3.7%)
Ind 196 (2.4%)
Cons 129 (1.6%)

Electorate 16,836; total poll: 8,362 (49.7%); invalid votes 115 (1.4%); valid votes 8,247; quota 1,031.

McLean (DUP) squeaked into the last place by 9.4 votes ahead of Peacock (SF), with all votes distributed.

There were almost two nationalist quotas here on the first count, but when Boyle (SDLP) was eliminated, 248 of his 569 votes were non-transferable. Kudos to the UUP whose impressive balancing saw both candidates elected without a quota on the last count, getting two seats where both the TUV and SF managed only one despite more first preferences.

Irish Observer projected 4 DUP, 2 SF, 1 UUP, and Faha projected 3 DUP, 2 SF, 1 UUP, 1 TUV. If that second SF seat had been there in 2011, it was not there this time, and it was a good result for the UUP.


Bann (5 seats)

Westminster seat: East Londonderry
Includes these wards: Aghadowey, Castlerock, Garvagh, Kilrea, and Macosquin.

2014 Candidates

William King (UUP) 1,127
Michelle Knight-McQuillan (DUP) 1,025
Ciaran Archibald (Sinn Féin) 994
Sam Cole (DUP) 892
Richard Holmes (UUP) 880
Roisin Loftus (SDLP) 875
Elizabeth Collins (TUV) 550
Charlie McConaghy (Alliance) 235
UUP 2,007 (30.5%) 2 seats
DUP 1,917 (29.1%) 2 seats
SF 994 (15.1%)
SDLP 875 (13.3%) 1 seat
TUV 550 (8.4%)
Alliance 235 (3.6%)

Electorate 12,175; total poll: 6,655 (54.7%); invalid votes 77 (1.2%); valid votes 6,578; quota 1,097.

This was interesting; two of the Unionists were declared elected on the first count, and at the same time the Alliance and TUV candidates were excluded; the votes of the latter two elected the remaining two Unionists on the second count, incidentally closing the SF lead over the SDLP from 119 to 29; and the transferred surpluses from the four Unionist candidates then steadily shifted the margin to the point that Loftus (SDLP) beat Archibald (SF) by 41.95 on the last count, with everything else distributed.

Irish Observer projected 2 DUP, 1 UUP, 1 SF, 1 SDLP, but there were nowhere near two Nationalist quotas here.


Limavady (5 seats)

Westminster seat: East Londonderry
Includes these wards: Coolessan, Drumsurn, Greystone, Magilligan, and Roeside.

2014

Alan Robinson (DUP) 1,451
Brenda Chivers (SF) 797
Gerry Mullan (SDLP) 576
James McCorkell (DUP) 462
Aaron Callan (UUP) 452
Raymond Kennedy (UUP) 394
Rory Donaghy (SF) 372
Howard Gordon (TUV) 325
Jonathan Holmes (DUP) 292
Jason Allen (SDLP) 268
Richard Nicholl (UKIP) 102
DUP 2,205 (40.2%) 2 seats
SF 1,169 (21.3%) 1 seat
UUP 846 (15.4%) 1 seat
SDLP 844 (15.4%) 1 seat
TUV 325 (5.9%)
UKIP 102 (1.9%)

Electorate 10,998; total poll: 5,579 (50.7%); invalid votes 88 (1.6%); valid votes 5,491; quota 916.

Callan (UUP) finished 132.81 votes ahead of his running mate Kennedy (also UUP) with everything distributed. The UUP candidates were well balanced, but the votes were not there, with less than a quota between them.

Irish Observer and Faha both projected 2 DUP, 1 SF, 1 UUP, 1 SDLP, which was the actual result.


The Glens (5 seats)

Westminster seat: North Antrim / East Antrim
Includes these wards: Ballycastle, Kinbane, Loughguile & Stranocum, Lurigethan, and Torr Head & Rathlin.

2014

Cara McShane (SF) 839
Padraig Pearse McShane (Independent) 835
Kieran James Mulholland (SF) 745
Colum Thompson (SF) 702
Joan Baird (UUP) 675
Ambrose Laverty (Independent) 627
Margaret Anne McKillop (SDLP) 555
Donal Cunningham (SDLP) 513
Evelyne Robinson (DUP) 494
Cyril Quigg (TUV) 229
Joanne McKeown (SDLP) 143
Colin Mayrs (Alliance) 130
SF 2,286 (35.2%) 2 seats
Inds 1,462 (22.5%) 1 seat
SDLP 1,211 (18.7%) 1 seat
UUP 675 (10.4%) 1 seat
DUP 494 (7.6%)
TUV 229 (3.5%)
Alliance 130 (2.0%)

Electorate 12,011; total poll: 6,550 (54.5%); invalid votes 63 (1.0%); valid votes 6,487; quota 1,082.

Mulholland (SF) was 101.25 votes ahead of Laverty (Ind) on the last count, with an SDLP surplus of 9 undistributed.

Irish Observer projected 2 SF, 1 SDLP, 1 DUP, 1 Ind and Faha projected 2 SF, 2 SDLP, 1 DUP. This can therefore be counted as one of the seats where the UUP effectively took what would have been a DUP seat in 2011. The SDLP/Independent breakdown is more difficult to analyse because of the prevalnece of local factors (note that the top two candidates, standing under different designations, are brother and sister).


Benbradagh (5 seats)

Westminster seat: East Londonderry
Includes these wards: Altahullion, Ballykelly, Dungiven, Feeny, and Greysteel.

2014 Candidates

Sean McGlinchey (SF) 1,460
Boyd Douglas (TUV) 1,160
Dermot Nicholl (SF) 833
Edgar Scott (DUP) 750
Orla Beattie (SDLP) 686
Tony McCaul (SF) 632
Michael Coyle (SDLP) 392
SF 2,925 (49.5%) 3 seats
TUV 1,160 (19.6%) 1 seat
SDLP 1,078 (18.2%) 1 seat
DUP 750 (12.7%)

Electorate 11,904; total poll: 6,005 (50.4%); invalid votes 77 (1.5%); valid votes 5,913; quota 986.

Nicholl (SF) finished 43.50 votes ahead of Scott (DUP) with an undistributed SDLP surplus of just under 6 votes which would have widened the gap a little.

This one really was a numbers game, with Nationalists on 4.06 quotas (SF on 2.97) and Unionists on 1.94.

Irish Observer projected 3 SF, 1 DUP, 1 SDLP; I think he underestimated local strength for Douglas, but in any case this was a good result for him and the TUV.


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