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Constituency Profile: Emma Little Pengelly wins South Belfast

Emma Little Pengelly hailed her long time mentor Peter Robinson for helping mastermind her victory.

The former DUP leader and Stormont first minister came out of political retirement to manage his one-time special adviser's Westminster campaign.

As Mr Robinson looked on, amid a crowd of DUP supporters cheering the capture of a seat long held by the SDLP's Alasdair McDonnell, Mrs Little Pengelly paid tribute.

"I know Peter has come out of retirement to help and support me in this campaign and he has been absolutely invaluable," she said.

"I think many people have referenced that he was looking very relaxed and I hope he does not look a bit more stressed than he was six weeks ago.

"I want to thank him absolutely for doing that for me and I know everybody in our team appreciates that as well."

Months after narrowly losing out on securing an Assembly seat in the constituency, Mrs Little Pengelly was overjoyed to revive her political career with a 2,000-vote win over Mr McDonnell.

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"This is an incredible day for unionism in South Belfast," she said.

The former Stormont junior minister said she wanted to build a brighter future in the area, filled with "tolerance and respect, regardless of our difference on policy or politics, on race or religion".

"Together we will move forward to build the beautiful, brighter future I know we all want to see," she said.

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