2019 Belfast City Council election

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Belfast City Council election, 2019
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All 60 council seats
31 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Ciaran Beattie Lee Reynolds Michael Long[1]
Party Sinn Féin DUP Alliance
Leader's seat Black Mountain Titanic
(defeated)
Lisnasharragh
Seats before 19 13 8
Seats won 18 15 10
Seat change Decrease1 Increase2 Increase2

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Tim Attwood Georgina Milne Matthew Collins
Party SDLP Green (NI) People Before Profit
Leader's seat Did not stand Did not stand Black Mountain
Seats before 7 1 1
Seats won 6 4 3
Seat change Decrease1 Increase3 Increase2

  Seventh party Eighth party
 
Leader David Browne Billy Hutchinson
Party UUP PUP
Leader's seat Castle
(defeated)
Court
Seats before 7 3
Seats won 2 2
Seat change Decrease5 Decrease1

Belfast City Council Election, 2019 (District Electoral Areas Results).svg
Map showing winning party in each district electoral area by first preference votes and councillors by party.

Council control before election

No overall control

Council control after election

No overall control

The 2019 election to Belfast City Council, part of the Northern Ireland local elections on 2 May 2019, returned 60 members to the council via Single Transferable Vote.

Results by party[edit]

Party Votes % ± Seats % ±
Sinn Féin 31,771 28.2 Decrease1.0% 18 30.0 Decrease1
DUP 24,317 21.6 Increase2.6% 15 25.0 Increase2
Alliance 17,683 15.7 Increase4.3% 10 16.7 Increase2
SDLP 10,225 9.1 Decrease0.9% 6 10.0 Decrease1
UUP 6,987 6.2 Decrease2.8% 2 3.3 Decrease5
Green (NI) 6,785 6.0 Increase3.7% 4 6.7 Increase3
People Before Profit 5,888 5.2 Increase3.7% 3 5.0 Increase2
PUP 3,458 3.1 Decrease3.4% 2 3.3 Decrease1
Aontú 1,420 1.3 N/A 0 0.0 Steady
Workers' Party 773 0.7 Decrease0.2% 0 0.0 Steady
UKIP 751 0.7 Decrease0.4% 0 0.0 Steady
TUV 341 0.3 Decrease2.3% 0 0.0 Decrease1
South Belfast Unionists 233 0.2 0.0 0 0.0 Steady
Labour Alternative 160 0.1 N/A 0 0.0 N/A
Independent 2,065 1.8 Increase0.7% 0 0.0
Totals: 112,859 100.0 60 100.0
Source: Belfast City Council
Map showing seats currently held by each party in each DEA, in order elected.

Council composition[edit]

Following the previous election in 2014, the composition of the council was:

19 13 8 7 7 3 1 1 1
SF DUP Alliance SDLP UUP PUP GPNI PBPA TUV

After the election, the composition of the council was:

18 15 10 6 4 3 2 2
SF DUP Alliance SDLP GPNI PBPA UUP PUP

Results by Electoral Area[edit]

Incumbent candidates are indicated by an asterisk *

Balmoral[edit]

2014: 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Sinn Fein, 1, x UUP
2019: 2 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Sinn Fein
2014-2019 Change: DUP gain one seat from UUP

Balmoral[2][3] - 5 seats
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Alliance Kate Siobhan Nicholl* 20.00 1,842
DUP David Graham 15.62 1,442 1,447.44 1,494.44 1,705.44
SDLP Dónal Lyons* 14.18 1,306 1,374.51 1,396.55 1,461.75 1,469.94 1,608.94
DUP Sarah Louise Bunting 11.12 1,025 1,029.08 1,056.25 1,285.35 1,432.77 1,478.69
Sinn Féin Geraldine McAteer* 13.93 1,283 1,291.16 1,311.16 1,313.33 1,313.33 1,421.98
SDLP Michael Mulhern 8.82 813 863.15 896.55 930.31 934.86 1,233.18
Green (NI) Caoimhe O'Connell 5.47 504 616.37 752.02 862.6 870.79
UUP Jeffrey Dudgeon* 7.16 660 696.71 745.74
People Before Profit Pádraigín Mervyn 2.19 202 215.94
UKIP William Traynor 1.44 133 134.53
Electorate: 17,864   Valid: 9,210   Spoilt: 116   Quota: 1,536   Turnout: 9,326

Black Mountain[edit]

2014: 5 x Sinn Fein, 1 x People Before Profit, 1 x SDLP
2019: 6 x Sinn Fein, 1 x People Before Profit
2014-2019 Change: Sinn Fein gain one seat from SDLP

Black Mountain[2][4] - 7 seats
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
People Before Profit Matt Collins* 16.14 2,268
Sinn Féin Ciarán Beattie* 13.47 1,893
Sinn Féin Steven Corr* 13.26 1,864
Sinn Féin Arder Carson* 11.63 1,634 1,686.78 1,710.65 1,715.95 1,773.95
Sinn Féin Micheal Donnelly 10.92 1,535 1,569.32 1,572.82 1,583.57 1,623.65 1,667.66
Sinn Féin Ronan McLaughlin 9.36 1,316 1,354.22 1,444.87 1,510.07 1,567.35 1,614.95
Sinn Féin Emma Groves* 10.18 1,431 1,465.32 1,470.43 1,473.98 1,520.58 1,590.64
SDLP Paul Doherty 5.57 783 903.9 906.35 908.05 1,175.18 1,432.89
Aontú Eoin Geraghty 5.34 750 796.02 797 797.9 861.98
Alliance Liam Norris 1.52 213 256.16 256.93 257.43
Green (NI) Stevie Maginn 1.45 204 282 283.05 283.8
Workers' Party Conor Campbell 1.15 162 210.88 213.05 214.45
Electorate: 26,022   Valid: 14,053   Spoilt: 345   Quota: 1,757   Turnout: 14,398

Botanic[edit]

2014: 1 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Sinn Fein, 1 x SDLP, 1 x UUP
2019: 1 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Sinn Fein, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Green
2014-2019 Change: Green gain one seat from UUP

Botanic[2][5] - 5 seats
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11
Green (NI) Áine Groogan 14.39 1,401 1,419 1,423 1,436 1,447 1,632
DUP Tracy Kelly 14.02 1,365 1,389 1,498 1,498 1,579 1,582 1,665
Sinn Féin Deirdre Hargey* 13.61 1,325 1,332 1,332 1,510 1,512 1,556 1,558 1,639
Alliance Emmet McDonough-Brown* 11.74 1,143 1,155 1,158 1,167 1,170 1,232 1,1301 1,432 1,433.77 1,437.68 2,118.68
SDLP Gary McKeown 10.36 1,009 1,020 1,021 1,039 1,042 1,091 1,119 1,363 1,363 1,372.2 1,500.12
DUP Graham Craig* 6.32 615 633 653 653 700 702 829 878 916.35 916.58 931.17
Alliance Micky Murray 7.74 754 755 758 762 765 786 824 902 902.59 903.97
Independent Declan Boyle* 6.25 609 612 613 616 623 634 663
UUP Richard Kennedy 3.42 333 341 363 363 437 445
People Before Profit Paul Loughran 3.93 383 415 418 420 422
South Belfast Unionists Billy Dickson 2.39 233 247 256 256
Sinn Féin Caitríona Mallaghan 2.35 229 229 229
PUP Ian Shanks 1.75 170 178
Workers' Party Paddy Lynn 0.89 87
TUV John Andrew Hiddleston 0.84 82
Electorate: 21,987   Valid: 9,738   Spoilt: 104   Quota: 1,624   Turnout: 9,842

Castle[edit]

2014: 2 x DUP, 1 x Sinn Fein, 1 x Alliance, 1 x SDLP, 1 x UUP
2019: 2 x DUP, 1 x Sinn Fein, 1 x Alliance, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Green
2014-2019 Change: Green gain one seat from UUP

Castle[2][6] - 6 seats
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9
Alliance Nuala McAllister* 15.81 1,787
Sinn Féin John Finucane 14.60 1,650
DUP Fred Cobain 12.73 1,439 1,440.35 1,440.35 1,443.34 1,446.44 1,458.44 1,460.53 1,939.53
DUP Guy Spence* 12.45 1,407 1,408.08 1,408.08 1,412.17 1,418.26 1,425.26 1,426.35 1,783.35
Green (NI) Mal O'Hara 7.80 882 939.51 967.67 1,031.82 1,174.86 1,277.64 1,350.6 1,423.01 1,493.01
SDLP Carl Joseph Whyte 5.76 651 680.61 690.51 709.32 727.04 835.2 1,365.4 1,397.65 1,432.65
Sinn Féin Mary Ellen Campbell* 9.76 1,103 1,109.66 1,111.93 1,128.29 1,145.56 1,183.92 1,212.91 1,200 1,223
UUP David Browne* 8.97 1,014 1,022.46 1,024.64 1,027 1,033.27 1,042.72 1,049.35
SDLP Heather Wilson 4.87 551 572.78 586.23 604.31 614.58 686.57
Independent Patrick Convery* 3.33 377 384.47 398.19 406.46 426.18
People Before Profit Riley Johnston 1.80 204 211.83 215.83 245.46
Workers' Party Gemma Weir 1.38 156 166.92 171.32
Independent Cathal Mullaghan 0.67 76 81.49
Electorate: 22,262   Valid: 11,300   Spoilt: 136   Quota: 1,615   Turnout: 11,436

Collin[edit]

2014: 5 x Sinn Fein, 1 x SDLP
2019: 4 x Sinn Fein, 1 x SDLP, 1 x People Before Profit
2014-2019 Change: People Before Profit gain one seat from Sinn Fein

Collin[2][7] - 6 seats
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Sinn Féin Danny Baker* 18.15 2,196
People Before Profit Michael Collins 12.93 1,565 1,601.54 1,667.96 1,738.96
Sinn Féin Séanna Walsh* 11.58 1,402 1,666.81 1,672.81 1,684.44 1,684.44 1,700.07 1,700.07
Sinn Féin Stephen Magennis* 13.35 1,616 1,646.66 1,653.5 1,658.5 1,659.5 1,673.92 1,673.92
SDLP Brian Heading* 8.02 970 980.92 1,002.97 1,044.39 1,094.39 1,430.39 1,430.39
Sinn Féin Matt Garrett* 10.44 1,264 1,342.75 1,351.17 1,360.8 1,362.8 1,391.64 1,391.64
Sinn Féin Charlene O'Hara* 9.81 1,187 1,205.48 1,210.48 1,213.9 1,213.9 1,226.53
Aontú Nichola McClean 5.54 670 675.67 681.67 691.67 702.67 743.67
Alliance Donnamarie Higgins 3.66 443 445.31 460.31 538.94 637.94
DUP David McKee 2.55 309 309 389 393
Green (NI) Ellen Murray 1.99 241 244.15 255.15
UUP Fred Rodgers 1.07 130 130
Workers' Party Paddy Crossan 0.90 109 111.73
Electorate: 23,300   Valid: 12,102   Spoilt: 221   Quota: 1,729   Turnout: 12,323

Court[edit]

2014: 2 x DUP, 2 x Sinn Fein, 1 x PUP, 1 x TUV
2019: 3 x DUP, 2 x Sinn Fein, 1 x PUP
2014-2019 Change: DUP gain one seat from TUV

Court[2][8] - 6 seats
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11
DUP Frank McCoubrey* 19.70 2,227
DUP Brian Kingston* 14.60 1,648
DUP Nicola Verner 9.90 1,119 1,533.18 1,548.13 1,549.41 1,549.41 1,652.41
PUP Billy Hutchinson* 8.20 929 1,016.48 1,018.08 1,023.35 1,024.35 1,077.13 1,077.55 1,090.55 1,096.55 1,264.73 1,622.32
Sinn Féin Claire Canavan* 12.80 1,447 1,447 1,447 1,455 1,466 1,467 1,467 1,489 1,565 1,468 1,569
Sinn Féin Tina Black* 12.30 1,396 1,396.27 1,396.28 1,405.29 1,458.29 1,458.29 1,458.29 1,473.29 1,549.29 1,552.56 1,560.56
People Before Profit Cailín McCaffery 6.10 686 686.27 686.33 724.33 765.60 767.60 781.88 864.88 968.89 985.43 1,010.75
UUP Dave Anderson 3.40 385 411.19 411.89 418.90 420.90 481.45 498.67 529.22 534.22 668.93
Independent Jolene Bunting* 3.10 351 380.43 380.84 383.84 383.24 423.30 427.50 438.50 450.50
SDLP Tiernan Fitzlarkin 2.60 298 298.54 298.54 306.54 320.55 320.55 320.55 359.83
Alliance Ciara Campbell 2.20 253 254.35 254.88 296.38 302.38 305.65 305.65
TUV Eric Smyth 2.30 259 287.43 287.97 287.98 287.98
Workers' Party Joanne Lowry 1.50 166 166 166.02 180.29
Green (NI) Sinéad Magner 1.30 147 148.08 148.13
Electorate: 22,116   Valid: 11,310   Spoilt: 218   Quota: 1,616   Turnout: 11,528

Lisnasharragh[edit]

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

Lisnasharragh[2][9] - 6 seats
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10
Alliance Michael Long* 15.86 1,755
Alliance Eric Hanvey 12.91 1,429 1,556.98 1,582.98
DUP David Brooks 13.37 1,479 1,479.72 1,481.72 1,503.81 1,507.81 1,510.9 1,563.9 1,577.9 1,578.9 1,774.9
Green (NI) Brian Smyth 11.14 1,233 1,243.35 1,291.98 1,304.98 1,423.25 1,484.24 1,501.42 1,521.51 1,679.51 1,679.51
DUP Tommy Sandford* 8.59 951 951.9 954.9 985.9 989.9 991.9 1,104.99 1,118.99 1,123.99 1,588.99
SDLP Séamas De Faoite 8.93 988 993.76 1,005.12 1,005.12 1,017.21 1,098.02 1,100.11 1,100.29 1,521.27 1,523.45
UUP Chris McGimpsey* 4.59 508 509.98 510.07 528.25 539.25 545.34 591.34 1,017.33 1,018.42 1,089.69
DUP Aileen Graham* 5.96 660 660.63 663.63 684.63 687.72 694.72 753.81 772.99 775.17
Sinn Féin Stevie Jenkins 5.59 619 621.52 625.52 626.52 636.52 647.7 647.79 647.79
UUP Ben Manton 3.75 415 416.44 419.44 434.44 440.44 451.44 520.44
PUP Gwen Ferguson 3.28 363 363.63 364.72 387.72 393.72 395.72
Independent Kate Mullan* 1.84 204 206.16 207.25 209.34 219.43
Labour Alternative Amy Ferguson 1.45 160 160.27 191.54 195.54
UKIP Catherine Elizabeth McComb 1.52 169 169.45 169.45
People Before Profit Ivanka Antova 1.20 133 134.71
Electorate: 20,783   Valid: 11,066   Spoilt: 116   Quota: 1,581   Turnout: 11,182

Oldpark[edit]

2014: 3 x Sinn Fein, 1 x SDLP, 1 x DUP, 1 x PUP
2019: 3 x Sinn Fein, 1 x SDLP, 1 x DUP, 1 x People Before Profit
2014-2019 Change: People Before Profit gain one seat from PUP

Oldpark[2][10] - 6 seats
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10
SDLP Paul McCusker* 25.21 2,856
DUP Dale Pankhurst* 15.01 1,701
Sinn Féin Ryan Murphy* 10.46 1,185 1,326.60 1,333.00 1,333.04 1,333.04 1,341.44 1,341.44 1,362.20 1,835.20
Sinn Féin Shauneen Baker 9.77 1,107 1,264.44 1,278.48 1,278.76 1,279.24 1,298.12 1,302.12 1,374.24 1,680.72
Sinn Féin JJ Magee* 10.01 1,134 1,244.40 1,250.28 1,250.28 1,251.32 1,261.68 1,264.68 1,285.96 1,404.84 1,616.03
People Before Profit Fiona Ferguson 3.94 447 781.08 829.88 829.96 835.44 951.16 995.24 1,336.60 1,401.76 1,404.70
DUP Gillian Simpson 5.05 573 577.80 577.80 631.88 735.96 738.48 1,198.16 1,240.72 1,240.72 1,240.72
Sinn Féin Mary Clarke* 7.02 796 1,009.60 1,015.48 1,015.48 1,015.96 1,029.76 1,032.76 1,058.36
Alliance Jack Armstrong 3.44 390 535.92 554.04 554.08 576.16 691.32 756.88
PUP Julie-Anne Corr-Johnston* 5.07 575 582.20 584.68 595.68 677.28 689.32
Green (NI) Lesley Veronica 2.03 231 296.76 320.60 320.80 331.28
UUP Jason Docherty 2.11 239 242.84 242.84 244.84
Workers' Party Chris Bailie 0.82 93 141
Electorate: 22,024   Valid: 11,327   Spoilt: 218   Quota: 1,619   Turnout: 11,545

Ormiston[edit]

2014: 2 x Alliance, 2 x DUP, 2 x UUP, 1 x Green
2019: 3 x Alliance, 2 x DUP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Green
2014-2019 Change: Alliance gain one seat from UUP

Ormiston[2][11] - 7 seats
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Alliance Ross McMullan 19.74 2,622
Alliance Peter McReynolds* 13.28 1,764
Alliance Sian O'Neill* 8.77 1,165 1,948
DUP Tom Haire* 11.00 1,462 1,465.6 1,470.08 1,507.8 1,629.64 1,633.96 2,183.96
UUP Jim Rodgers* 10.66 1,416 1,444.8 1,478.24 1521.68 1608.8 1649.84 1697.84
Green (NI) Anthony Flynn 9.79 1,301 1,380.56 1,579.12 1,663.24 1,663.24 1,663.24 1,663.24
DUP John Colin Hussey* 9.55 1,269 1,274.04 1,276.76 1,304.76 1,343.12 1,348.24 1,618.48
UUP Peter Johnston* 5.70 757 776.8 797.76 823 939.92 988.56 1,007.2
DUP Gareth Spratt 6.45 857 859.88 862.44 877.44 897.6 900.48
PUP William Ennis 2.97 394 398.68 406.52 433.88
UKIP Keith Derek Lonsdale 1.66 221 221 222.44
Sinn Féin Laura Misteil 0.43 57 70.32 77.3
Electorate: 25,617   Valid: 13,285   Spoilt: 147   Quota: 1,661   Turnout: 14,332

Titanic[edit]

2014: 2 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x UUP, 1 x PUP, 1 x Sinn Fein
2019: 2 x DUP, 2 x Alliance, 1 x UUP, 1 x PUP
2014-2019 Change: Alliance gain one seat from Sinn Fein

Titanic[2][12] - 6 seats
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
DUP George Dorrian* 13.41 1,270 1,317 1,328 1,332 1,353
DUP Adam Newton* 9.64 913 928 932 961 997.9 1,520.9
UUP Sonia Copeland* 9.00 852 890 1,096 1,230 1,247.22 1,277.68 1,307.68 1,410.28
PUP John Kyle* 10.85 1,027 1079 1,104 1,209 1,216.38 1,257.3 1,309.3 1,368.7
Alliance Michelle Kelly 11.28 1,068 1,072 1,079 1,094 1,094 1,100 1,353 1,353
Alliance Carole Howard 11.14 1,055 1,061 1,075 1,096 1,096.82 1,099.64 1,314.64 1,318.24
Sinn Féin Mairead O’Donnell* 11.64 1,102 1,103 1,103 1,103 1,103 1,103 1,145 1,145
Green (NI) Ben Smylie 6.77 641 652 656 680 680.82 680.82
DUP Lee Reynolds 6.19 586 597 602 610 625.58
Independent Karl Bennett 4.73 448 468 473
UUP Colin Hall-Thompson 2.94 278 286
UKIP Paul David Girvan 2.41 228
Electorate: 22,653   Valid: 9,468   Spoilt: 184   Quota: 1,353   Turnout: 9,652

References[edit]

Footnotes
Citations
  1. ^ "Cllr Michael Long". Allianceparty.org. Alliance Party of Northern Ireland. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Belfast City Council: Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll
  3. ^ "Balmoral - Belfast City Council". www.belfastcity.gov.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Black Mountain". www.belfastcity.gov.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  5. ^ Belfast City Council: Botanic Election results 2019
  6. ^ "Castle - Belfast City Council". www.belfastcity.gov.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  7. ^ Belfast City Council: Collin Election results 2019
  8. ^ "Court - Belfast City Council". www.belfastcity.gov.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Lisnasharragh - Belfast City Council". www.belfastcity.gov.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  10. ^ Belfast City Council: Oldpark Election results 2019
  11. ^ Belfast City Council: Ormiston Election results 2019
  12. ^ Belfast City Council: Titanic Election results 2019