Newtownabbey is made up of parts of both East Antrim and North Belfast Westminster constituencies. In the 2011 council elections the party strengths
were:DUP 12, UUP 5, Alliance 5, SF 2 and SDLP 1. It may surprise people therefore that the census returned the following results, clearly alliance are doing very well here. primarily at the expense of nationalist representation.
Catholics 20.9% (+19.4%)
Protestants 69.4% (- 5.7%)
The actual figures are:
|Change since 2001||3717||-3274||651||4054|
Below is the Ward by Ward changes since 2001. Of the 25 Wards below all except 3 have shown an increase in catholic background residents. Mallusk is the most striking to my eye. I wonder how Nigel Dodd’s outreach efforts are progressing? On this evidence he’ll need some success on that front.
|Catholic Change||Protestant Change|
|95WW02 Ballyclare North||0.5%||-5.4%|
|95WW03 Ballyclare South||1.0%||-8.6%|