This Council area effectively amalgamates Ballymena, Larne and Carrick Councils.
Unionist-Loyalist heartlands and as the saying goes, keeping “your head as low as a catholic in Larne”
Ballymena is in North Antrim constituency.
Larne and Carrick are in East Antrim.
DUP 16. UUP 9. TUV 5. UKIP 1.
SF 3 SDLP 1.
Poor. SDLP did not run any candidates in Carrick and will be disappointed in not taking a seat in Larne. This looks bad for 2016. Sinn Fein did take a seat in Larne (and did not stand in Carrick). SDLP took its sole seat in the Ballymena area and SF took two there.
Alliance are usually the beneficiaries of nationalist reluctance to stand in these areas but dont look to have done as well as they should. The Alliance Assembly seat in East Antrim is still safe. Less so, the Sinn Fein seat.
The North Antrim Sinn Fein seat looks safe. SDLP regaining a seat there looks impossible, even when the nationalist heartland of The Glens are added (The Glens is in the Causeway Council area.)
The erstwhile spiritual home of the DUP is increasingly the spiritual home of Jim Allister’s breakaway TUV. Looks like the TUV could pick up Assembly seats in North Antrim and East Antrim.