How the parties fared - Alliance, Greens, TUV and People Before Profit

Alliance leader Naomi Long topped the poll in East Belfast. Picture by Pacemaker
John Monaghan

IN an election which saw the polar extremes of nationalism and unionism receive further endorsement, Alliance will be delighted at maintaining all eight of its Assembly seats.

Its strong performance means that the party will have the choice - if devolution returns - of going into formal opposition or potentially taking a ministerial post.

Some of the seats were secured in style, with party leader Naomi Long topping the poll in East Belfast, and Kellie Armstrong the first MLA to be declared in the unionist stronghold of Strangford.

Former employment and learning minister Stephen Farry doubled his first preference vote in North Down, finishing third and being elected at the first count.

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In East Belfast, Chris Lyttle was also returned in a strong showing while across the city Paula Bradshaw beat the DUP and SDLP to third place in South Belfast.

The party also made some headway in unchartered territory, with Patrick Brown making a push for the final spot in South Down and coming close to unseating the SDLP's Colin McGrath.

Contesting all 18 constituencies, Alliance added nearly 25,000 extra first preference votes from last May while almost all of its candidates registered a respectable four-figure total.


Seats: 8 (no change)

First preference votes: 72,717

Share of vote: 9.1 per cent, up 2.1 percentage points

Verdict: Delighted


MUCH like the other smaller parties, an election fought along traditional lines was never going to benefit the Greens.

Added into the mix the fact that 18 MLAs were to be voted out, and the Greens will be relieved to hold onto their two seats, particularly in South Belfast.

Party leader Steven Agnew added on 1,000 first preference votes and his seat was never in danger in North Down.

Deputy leader Clare Bailey, who also saw her vote rise, managed to pip the DUP's Emma Little-Pengelly to the final seat in South Belfast in a race that went to the wire.

In a sign that the Green's appeal for the electorate has stalled, the party's first preference vote total decreased slightly across Northern Ireland.

Despite the drama in South Belfast, the Greens were never in contention for another seat.


Seats: 2 (no change)

First preference votes: 18,527

Share of vote: 2.3 per cent, down 0.4 percentage points

Verdict: Relieved



THE Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) was unable to shake off its reputation as a Jim Allister one-man band.

The TUV was one of only two of the main eight parties to see its number of total first preference votes drop, despite the increased turnout.

None of its candidates threatened to give Mr Allister some company at Stormont.


Seats: 1 (no change)

First preference votes: 20,523

Share of vote: 2.6 per cent, down 0.9 percentage points

Verdict: In free fall


TEN months is a long time in politics, as People Before Profit (PBP) have found out the hard way.

Last May, Gerry Carroll upset the Sinn Féin applecart in its West Belfast stronghold, spectacularly topping the poll with more than 8,000 first preference votes.

Sinn Féin has now re-asserted its dominance, with each of its four candidates gaining a higher vote than Mr Carroll.

In Foyle, Eamonn McCann, who was also elected just ten months ago, lost his seat.


Seats: 2 (one seat lost)

First preference votes: 14,100

Share of vote: 1.8 per cent, down 0.2 percentage points

Verdict: Very disappointing


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