1973 Northern Ireland local elections

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Northern Ireland local elections, 1973
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30 May 1973 1977 →

All council seats
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Brian Faulkner Gerry Fitt Oliver Napier
Party UUP SDLP Alliance
Seats won 194 82 63

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader N/A N/A Ian Paisley
Party Independent Independent Unionist DUP
Seats won 52 26 21

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Colours denote the winning party with outright control

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Colours denote the party with the most seats

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Local government in Northern Ireland was reorganised in 1973 by the Local Government (Boundaries) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971 and the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972. The county councils, county borough and municipal borough corporations and urban and rural district councils were replaced by twenty-six local government districts.

Elections took place for all the seats on the district councils on 30 May 1973. Elections were by proportional representation, using the single transferable vote system. The district councils came into their powers on 1 October.[1][2][3][4]

Results[edit]

Overall[edit]

Party[5] Councillors Votes
Total +/- % share Total
UUP 194 N/A 17.0 255,187
Alliance 63 N/A 13.7 94,474
SDLP 82 N/A 13.4 92,600
Independent 52 N/A 7.0 48,947
Independent Unionist 26 N/A 4.4 31,866
United Loyalist 20 N/A 4.2 28,906
DUP 21 N/A 4.1 28,811
Republican Clubs 8 N/A 3.0 20,680
NI Labour 4 N/A 2.5 17,422
Independent Loyalist 16 N/A 1.4 17,360
Vanguard 10 N/A 1.6 13,305
Unity 6 N/A 1.5 10,281
Loyalist Coalition 3 N/A 1.0 7,495
Nationalist 4 N/A 0.5 3,784
Independent Community 3 N/A 0.4 3,036
Republican Labour 0 N/A 0.4 2,594
Independent Republican 3 N/A 0.2 1,911
Ulster Liberal 0 N/A 0.1 704
Independent Ratepayer 1 N/A 0.1 841
Independent Radical 1 N/A 0.1 533
Communist Party 0 N/A 0.1 363
Irish Labour 0 N/A 0.0 290
Independent Nationalist 0 N/A 0.0 147
Independent Labour 0 N/A 0.0 91

Results by council[edit]

Council Control 1st party 1973 2nd party 1973 Councillors
Antrim UUP UUP (8) Alliance (2) 15
Belfast City No overall control UUP (25) Alliance (8) 51
Ards UUP UUP (11) Alliance (2) 17
Armagh No overall control UUP (10) SDLP (4) 20
Ballymena No overall control
Ballymoney No overall control
Banbridge UUP
Carrickfergus No overall control
Castlereagh No overall control
Coleraine UUP
Cookstown No overall control
Craigavon No overall control
Down No overall control
Dungannon UUP
Fermanagh No overall control
Larne Loyalist Loyalist (8) Alliance (3) 15
Limavady United Unionist United Unionist (8) SDLP (4) 15
Lisburn UUP UUP (14) Alliance (3) 23
Londonderry No overall control SDLP (10) United Loyalist (9) 27
Magherafelt No overall control
Moyle No overall control
Newry and Mourne No overall control
Newtownabbey No overall control
North Down No overall control
Omagh No overall control
Strabane No overall control
All councils UUP (194) SDLP (82) 517

References[edit]

  1. ^ Local Government Elections 1973 (Ark Social & Political Archive)
  2. ^ Big Roman Catholic turnout in poll despite threats, The Times, 31 May 1973
  3. ^ Party accused over Ulster poll, The Times, 31 May 1973
  4. ^ Unionist supporters elect many hard-line men in Ulster local government poll, The Times, 2 June 1973
  5. ^ Local Government Elections 1973, Northern Ireland Elections