Live: DUP disaster as Nigel Dodds and Emma Little-Pengelly lose seats
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Senior DUP member Jeffrey Donaldson said unionists were giving away seats "on a plate".
The Lagan Valley MP told the BBC's Radio Ulster his party had to reflect on its plan for the future.
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald hsa said the party's negotiating team "stand ready" to enter talks aimed at restoring the devolved institutions at Stormont.
Speaking after the party won seven seats, Ms McDonald said her party was entering talks, prepared to "work towards securing agreement on outstanding issues".
Jeremy Corbyn has indicated he will quit as Labour leader in the early part of next year after the party suffered its worst General Election defeat since 1935. Read more
Council chiefs in Greater Manchester are searching for the owner of a wedding ring that was left in a ballot box during the General Election.
The ring, described on the Trafford Council Twitter account as having “distinctive features”, was discovered in a ballot box from Cloverlea Primary School.
He may have thrown his support behind Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party, who failed to win a single seat at the General Election, but Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin was £44 million richer today.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has congratulated Boris Johnson and welcomed his outright majority.
The DUP has a badly bloodied nose and Sinn Féin a bruised backside, says Irish News political correspondent John Manley.
Both Stromont’s big two will be reflecting on a poor electoral performance, which will no doubt help focus minds when talks aimed at restoring devolution begin on Monday.
Cartoonist Ian Knox is spot on as always.
After such disaster not only for the DUP, but for unionism, this from veteran DUP MP Gregory Campbell seems delusional: "I think it's a mixed bag. I don't think you can say it's a bad election result for the DUP. We will bounce back from it; our vote help up very well...".— Sam McBride (@SJAMcBride) December 13, 2019
An angry Ian Paisley has denied an investigation is underway a parliamentary investigation into his foreign holidays.
Earlier this week his party leader, Arlene Foster, had suggested a second investigation was underway by the parliamentary commissioner for standards.
When asked if he was relieved to have retained his seat in the midst of the controversy he said:
“One thing has to be made very, very clear. The facts of the matter are that there is not an investigation going on as far as I’m aware,” said Mr Paisley.
“All investigation has ceased. Whatever happens now is up to the new parliament and I can face any of these things, as I always do, head on.”
When challenged by a BBC reporter, he said: “Your legal department, and don’t play the silly boy with me, you know the situation, your legal department has been involved in it, the BBC has been involved in it.
“If the BBC has anything to say about me, send it to parliament and say it. Don’t try and twist and get me to say it for you.”
Northern Ireland's Alliance Party leader Naomi Long has said Brexit could reignite calls for Irish unity.
She said: "If Boris Johnson chooses to use his mandate to pursue a no-deal or a hard Brexit, then it is inevitable that Scotland will push for a second referendum on independence and it is almost inevitable that there will be a push for an Irish unity referendum.
"I think that Boris Johnson, despite everything that is said about him, ultimately is a pragmatist."
Ms Long told BBC Radio Ulster's the Nolan Show that the Prime Minister wanted to deliver more than Brexit.
"The people of North Down do want to Remain, the people of Northern Ireland do want to Remain, that is the resounding message of the election, but what we need to do now is have the reality check.
"We are now in the situation where, having had the opportunity to influence two successive UK governments, the DUP failed to do that in the best interests of Northern Ireland because they rejected the softer Brexit that was available and went for a hard Brexit.
"Now we have a Prime Minister who no longer cares or needs the DUP to be able to deliver the hardest Brexit that he wants to deliver and so our options are limited."
She may not have been at the election count, but Green Party leader @ClareBaileyGPNI received a special thanks for her 'enormous courage and political generosity' from new MP @ClaireHanna after standing aside to bolster the pro-Remain vote in South Belfast.#GE19 @irish_news pic.twitter.com/UXZyVOI2tP— Brendan Hughes (@brendanhughes64) December 13, 2019
The moment it's confirmed DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has lost the North Belfast seat he has held since 2001. Sinn Féin's John Finucane is the new MP - the first time a non-unionist has been elected member of parliament for North Belfast. #GE19 @irish_news pic.twitter.com/v30eA7KG9l— Brendan Hughes (@brendanhughes64) December 13, 2019
The results are symbolically significant, as there are now more nationalist and republican MPs from Northern Ireland (nine) than unionists (eight), reversing the 11/seven split from the 2017 election.
DUP leader Arlene Foster said she was hugely disappointed but rejected any suggestion that her leadership was under threat.
"It was very clear in both North Belfast and South Belfast that nationalism came together and decided they were going to get rid of Emma (Little-Pengelly) and Nigel (Dodds)," she said.
"We fought very hard against that but the numbers were against us in both constituencies."
She claimed that, while there might be more nationalist MPs than unionists, more votes were cast overall for pro-Union parties.
"If you look at the votes you will find the greater number of people in Northern Ireland still want to remain within the UK - that to me is a very important point," she said.
Speaking after her win in Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew said: "We have many issues relating to this constituency, not least with the news coming from London.
"We are likely to see an increase in the number of years that our constituents have Tory austerity and that's an awful pity because as we know food poverty has increased, we have more people using food banks, there are a lot of outstanding issues.
"We have negotiations starting next week and we know there is a lot of work to be done here to make politics work.
"We won't be found wanting in that respect as always and we will be ready to negotiate.
"This election was called because of Brexit, 59% of people in this constituency voted to remain, and unfortunately it looks like things are going to happen outside of our control that we can't stop.
"The people of Ireland are ready to take on a new challenge."
Ulster Unionist Tom Elliott, who polled 21,929 votes in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency, thanked all who voted for him, including people from the nationalist background.
He added: "I was hoping to build a better future for Fermanagh and South Tyrone. I would still hope to be a part of building a better future in Fermanagh and South Tyrone as I think there is a lot of work to be done.
"I am certainly prepared to be that community activist, even if I am not elected, I will still work for the community."
Polls are closed!— E Little-Pengelly (@little_pengelly) December 12, 2019
This was always going to be a huge battle with Sinn Fein pulling out of South Belfast & Brexit not resolved. We have given it our all. Thank you so much to my team who have worked tirelessly & to all those supporters who have come out and voted
Thank you pic.twitter.com/ikFcHPV5v8
7.10am: The final tally for the parties is Sinn Féin 7, SDLP 2, DUP 8, Alliance Party 1. There are now more nationalist MPs than unionist from the north.
6.59am: Confirmation of that result from the count centre in Omagh:
6.48am: Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew is returned as MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone with a majority of 57
6.45am: Sinn Féin look set to be declared winners in Fermanagh and South Tyrone:
6.25am: The end could be in sight...
NI Election Results: Total Votes Polled 803,367 total turnout 62.09% #GeneralElection2019— Electoral Office NI (@eoni_official) December 13, 2019
5.57am: The Fermanagh and South Tyrone recount continues in earnest:
5.46am: Labour's Dennis Skinner has lost the seat he has held for 49 years as his party's woes continue:
Tories take Bolsover, Skinner gone, but Labour JUST hold Dagenham— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) December 13, 2019
5.24am: Despite some hope among his opponents that British prime minister Boris Johnson would lost his seat, he has been elected in Uxbridge and Ruislip South. Here he is giving his victory speech. That's him on the right, by the way.
5.17am: All of the north's constituencies have now declared apart from Fermanagh and South Tyrone
5.24am: Despite some hope among his opponents that he could be unseated, British prime minister Boris Johnson has been returned as an MP
5.11am: The Conservative Party has officially hit a majority in the House of Commons. It's presumably full steam ahead for Brexit.
The Conservative Party have received the 326 seats to win a majority in the General Election. #GE2019— Election Maps UK (@ElectionMapsUK) December 13, 2019
5.05am: Mickey Brady returned as Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh
4.59am: Arlene Foster has rejected speculation that the election results have placed her leadership of the DUP in jeopardy.
Asked if her future as leader was in doubt, she told PA: "No, not at all.
"There are very clear reasons why we lost North Belfast and South Belfast in relation to pan-nationalism coming together to unseat (DUP MPs) under the umbrella of Remain.
"This election was not about that, this election was about the return of devolution and people wanting us all to get back into devolution, and that's certainly where my focus is next week and I hope all of the other parties have the same focus to get the assembly and executive back and running again."
4.54am: Ian Paisley returned as DUP MP for North Antrim. His majority is reduced by around 8,000.
4.46am: Carla Lockhart has been returned as DUP MP in Upper Bann
5.04am: Mickey Brady returned as MP for Sinn Féin in Newry and Armagh
4.42am: Defeated Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson said she lost her seat to the SNP after a "wave of nationalism" swept politics on both sides of the border.
Ms Swinson was ousted in East Dunbartonshire by the SNP's Amy Callaghan, who took just 149 votes more.
While the SNP won seats from Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland, south of the border Boris Johnson's Conservatives appeared to be on track for a large Westminster majority.
With her leadership of the Liberal Democrats now in question, Ms Swinson said she would make a further statement later on Friday.
4.33am: Jeffrey Donaldson has been returned as DUP MP for Lagan Valley
4.30am: Former secretary of state James Brokenshire has been re-elected:
Humbled to have been re-elected as Conservative MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup and with an increased majority. Thank you for placing your trust in me to continue to serve this fantastic constituency. #Conservatives #GeneralElection pic.twitter.com/YwtBzOD2U0— James Brokenshire (@JBrokenshire) December 13, 2019
4.16am: Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed he will stand down as Labour leader
Congratulations @columeastwood on your impressive victory. I look forward to working with you in the future. It has been an huge honour and privilege to represent the people of Derry. I will continue to fight for Derry tomorrow and every day.— Elisha McCallion (@ElishaMcC_SF) December 13, 2019
"Republicans don't retire" pic.twitter.com/r368pc9L96
4.12am: Colum Eastwood returned as MP for Foyle in SDLP gain from Sinn Féin
4.08am: Just to make that recount news official:
Official: Total recount to begin in Fermanagh South Tyrone in 10 mins. SF confirm 62 vote lead. Time for more caffeine. #GE19— Ryan McAleer (@RyanMcAleerbiz) December 13, 2019
4.02am: Fermanagh and South Tyrone is once again incredibly close - we are heading for a recount:
Break: UUP sources stating that Michelle Gildernew is 62 votes ahead of Tom Elliott in FST. Awaiting official announcement of a recount. #GE19— Ryan McAleer (@RyanMcAleerbiz) December 13, 2019
Here's the figures for North Belfast— Brendan Hughes (@brendanhughes64) December 13, 2019
Sinn Féin's John Finucane had a larger win than many expected in the closely fought contest against the DUP's Nigel Dodds. #GE19 @irish_news pic.twitter.com/pPuxl98L6i
3.46am: Jo Swinson has lost her seat in a massive blow for the Lib Dems
3.43am: Claire Hanna is elected in South Belfast, gaining the seat from the DUP's Emma Little-Pengelly. Ms Hanna took the sear with 27k+ votes compared to Ms Pengelly's 11k+
3.39am: Results coming in thick and fast. So fast in fact that it's almost a relief that Fermanagh and South Tyrone still appears to be some way off, possibly with a recount:
Which pile is bigger? Incredibly close in FST between Tom Elliott on the left and Michelle Gildernew on the right. Each bundle is usually 1,000 votes. From here both look in the 21k+ territory. Entirely possible we could be back to 2010, recounts etc. #GE19 pic.twitter.com/Bg1Lk0MNxE— Ryan McAleer (@RyanMcAleerbiz) December 13, 2019
3.34am: Paul Girvan is returned as DUP MP for South Antrim
3.31am: Chris Hazzard is returned as Sinn Féin South Down MP
3.24am: Sammy Wilson is returned as MP for East Antrim
3.20am: Tories are making gains:
3.12am: Fermanagh and South Tyrone turnout:
3.09am: Gavin Robinson returned as DUP East Belfast MP. His majority is reduced to around 1,800 votes over Alliance's Naomi Long
3.07am: Francie Molloy returned as Mid Ulster MP
3.02am: Gregory Campbell returned as DUP MP in East Derry
2.58am: John Finucane has won the North Belfast seat from incumbent MP the DUP's Nigel Dodds
2.52am: Paul Maskey returned as Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast
2.50am: Jim Shannon's victory speech was really something:
Blistering attack on Boris Johnson in DUP MP Jim Shannon’s re-election victory speech- “He would take your Alsatian dog for a walk, he’d come back an hour later and he’d give you a Chihuahua - and he would say it was alright”— Siobhán Fenton (@SiobhanFenton) December 13, 2019
2.42am: John Finucane arrives at count centre as he is set to be confirmed as MP for North Belfast
Somewhere in this scrum arriving at the Belfast count centre you will find Sinn Féin's John Finucane, who tallies suggests looks like he could unseat DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds in North Belfast. #GE19 pic.twitter.com/y9LMNW0Z1Q— Brendan Hughes (@brendanhughes64) December 13, 2019
2.39am: Alliance surge evident in West Tyrone:
2.33am: It does indeed appear to be the end of Jeremy Corbyn's time as leader of the Labour Party:
Ken Livingstone to @PA: “The Jewish vote wasn’t very helpful... Jeremy should have tackled that issue far earlier than he did.— Stephen Jones (@SteveJonesPA) December 13, 2019
"It looks like the end for Jeremy, which is disappointing for me since I’m a close ally. I’m sure he’ll have to resign tomorrow."
2.31am: While West Tyrone remains a safe seat for Sinn Féin, the party's vote was down compared to the 2017 election:
SF hold the safe seat of west Tyrone but percentage vote down by 10.6%, the rest of the NI results should start coming in much faster now— Allison Morris (@AllisonMorris1) December 13, 2019
2.20am: Órfhlaith Begley returned as MP for West Tyrone
2.12am: SDLP candidate Claire Hanna is expected to comfortably win in South Belfast, taking the seat from the DUP's Emma Little Pengelly, according to SDLP sources.
2.10am: DUP vote down in both North Down and Strangford:
In Strangford Jim Shannon holds the seat for the DUP but with a reduced majority, his vote is down by almost 15% @Kelmba increased the Alliance vote by almost 14%— Allison Morris (@AllisonMorris1) December 13, 2019
2.04am: Proud moment for us here at The Irish News:
1.54am: The DUP's Jim Shannon retains his seat in Strangford
1.50am: First result from the north is in and Alliance deputy leader Stephen Farry is confirmed to have won the North Down seat ahead of the DUP's Alex Easton
1.49am: The DUP's Gregory Campbell says the onus is now on Boris Johnson to deliver on his promises.
"Well, whatever majority Boris has there will be an onus on him to deliver on no (border) checks east-west and an even bigger issue on how does he preside over the UK, Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and how does he cement that and build that for the future?," he said.
"In my view he has to do that on an economic basis so that people here and in Scotland see a tangible benefit of staying in the UK, and then people will want to stay.
On a border down the Irish Sea, he said: "Boris has said there won't be so, we shall see."
And on whether he trusts Mr Johnson: "We shall see".
1.42am: SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said if his party wins in Scotland Boris Johnson should allow a referendum on independence to be held in 2020.
Speaking to ITV News, he said: "We've now won every election in Scotland since (2014) so if Boris Johnson respects democracy then he has to respect the right of the people of Scotland to determine their own future."
He added: "If Scotland votes for the SNP, Boris Johnson, or any other prime minister, has to respect the views, the votes and the wishes of the Scottish.
"To do otherwise is an affront to democracy. All he will do is push people into arms of the SNP.
"We won this election tonight for Scotland, that should be respected. The Scottish government is pushing through legislation for a referendum, it should be recognised, we should be having that referendum on independence in 2020."
1.36am: The Alliance Party are "quietly confident" of victory in the North Down seat.
Stephen Farry is predicted to triumph over the DUP's Alex Easton and his margin could be in the thousands.
The party's deputy leader has argued strongly for Remain during his short election campaign to replace anti-Brexit unionist MP Lady Sylvia Hermon in one of the north's most affluent constituencies.
The piles on the election workers' tables strongly indicated a Farry majority.
West Tyrone turnout is 62.44% #ge19— Ryan McAleer (@RyanMcAleerbiz) December 13, 2019
1.33am: Arron Banks, the co-founder of the Leave.EU campaign, said it was "job done" after Tory Remainer MPs were "purged" from the party.
Speaking to the BBC, he said: "This has always been about pressure. What we've tried to do is return the Conservative party to its core roots which I think we have done."
He said: "Let's say 40 or so strong Remainers in parliament, 30 are gone."
Mr Banks was sitting in the studio next to former Liberal Democrat MP Heidi Allen, who quit the Tories over Brexit, who chipped in and said the word "purged".
Mr Banks agreed and said: "Purged, I would say," adding: "We set out to make the Conservative party conservative again and I think it's job done. Well done to Boris."
1.31am: Are there signs that a significant number of Remainer unionist voters have turned against the DUP?
North Down expected to be called for Alliance shortly and SF making positive noises in North Belfast although far from over yet, will the DUP be forced to admit they made an error of judgement backing Brexit?— Allison Morris (@AllisonMorris1) December 13, 2019
1.29am: Turnout down in West Belfast:
1.23am: First mention of a recount tonight. Seems likely if some seats are as close as predicted.
North Belfast verification still underway and both Sinn Fein and DUP staying quiet on predictions although there is some muttering already that we may be in for recounts later. Too close to call remains the consensus— Rebecca Black (@RBlackPA) December 13, 2019
1.09am: As we await the first results from the north, there is more news from Count Binface over in Uxbridge.
Comedian Jon Harvey, who plays the Count, was seen mocking Lord Buckethead - making a thumbs down behind his back, shouting "Fake news" and singing the American national anthem.
Mr Harvey previously ran as Lord Buckethead in Theresa May's constituency in 2017, but cited "an unpleasant battle on the planet Copyright" as the reason behind the switch to Count Binface.
A different person has donned the Lord Buckethead costume, and the two were seen clashing at the count.
When asked to stand together for a photo, Lord Buckethead said: "We are going to violate some serious intergalactic treaties."
Count Binface has been critical of the prime minister on a number of issues, including "his get-Brexit-oven-ready-microwave nonsense", but he did promise to treat the Tory leader with respect should he meet him.
1.04am: Our reporter Seamus McKinney says SDLP leader Colum Eastwood looks likely to take the Foyle seat from Sinn Féin's Elisha McCallion:
Colum Eastwood on course to take Foyle. @irish_news— Seamus McKinney (@s1eamus) December 13, 2019
1.01am: Robert Peston speculates on what Boris might do with his majority:
12.56am: North Down announcement expected shortly. Signs point towards Stephen Farry taking the seat for Alliance.
12.55am: Strong words from former UUP leader Mike Nesbitt:
Former Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt in a BBC interview tonight-— Siobhán Fenton (@SiobhanFenton) December 13, 2019
"The great irony of all of this is that for decades unionists have looked over their shoulders and decided that Irish nationalists were the great threat...but actually it’s English nationalism"
12.49am: Turnout announced in Strangford amid speculation Alliance have polled well in one of the DUP's safest seats.
12.47am: Something we didn't expect to type in this blog: Here's some fashion news.
12.45am: Speculation has already begun on who could replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.
12.36am: With Boris Johnson not expected to appear in Uxbridge for some time, it was left to the fringe candidates to take centre stage.
Independent Count Binface told the PA news agency: "If I get a big fat zero that would be a record.
"I wouldn't mind it."
Here is Count Binface. He's the one on the right.
12.35am: Chat on social media seems to be moving from saying North Down is too close to call...
12.33pm: Sausage rolls aplenty in Omagh:
Mystery solved. Parties have been granted access to count centre for observers and talliers only. No extra bodies permitted. No wonder the cafe is only stocking sausage rolls this year. https://t.co/DQMdImW9X2— Ryan McAleer (@RyanMcAleerbiz) December 13, 2019
12.26am: Let's take a look at the Tory plan for the first 100 days of government.
12.23am: Turnout in North Down is 60.87 per cent as the DUP's Alex Easton and Alliance's Stephen Farry are locked in a tight battle to win the seat.
12.15am: The number of women MPs elected to the House of Commons has gone up at each of the past four general elections. Is the same likely to happen this year?
12.14am: North Down is similarly close:
12.12am: Noone willing to claim either victory or defeat in North Belfast. It could be very, very close between John Finucane and Nigel Dodds.
No one willing to call Belfast North, hearing high voter turnout across the board in what really will be the local story of the night, overshadowed of course by the predicted earthquake across the water— Allison Morris (@AllisonMorris1) December 12, 2019
12.08am: Speculation over Sammy Wilson's majority. If it is indeed reduced, there will no doubt be much discussion over the effect of the DUP's Brexit strategy.
12.06am: Better late than never I guess - here's a compelling argument about why it's important to vote:
11.58pm: Speculation that results from this general election could lead to the Republic going to the polls early:
Might the result of the UK election impact the timing of the Irish General Election? FF's Lisa Chambers says she believes it's likely an April election. FG’s Neale Richmond said he expects a May date https://t.co/VXmZ2lIne9— RTÉ News (@rtenews) December 12, 2019
11.56pm: Polling guru Sir John Curtice has said it was predicted in the exit poll that Blyth Valley would turn Conservative after being a Labour seat since 1950.
Speaking on the BBC, Sir John said: "The exit poll forecast that the Conservatives would narrowly win Blyth Valley with a 15-point drop in the Labour vote, and we had a 15-point drop in the Labour vote and the Tories narrowly won Blyth Valley."
He added that the 18-point drop for Labour in Sunderland South was "also anticipated".
Sir John added: "Do not be surprised, particularly when we get further south and we get to much more pro-Remain constituencies that we do not see spectacular advances by the Conservatives.
"But in the north of England, in Leave areas, in working class seats, the Labour Party does seem to be in serious trouble."
Sir John added that it looks as though the broad picture provided by the exit poll "may be right", but issued a caution that there are fewer sampling points in Scotland, and that the SNP figure for Scotland is "the bit about this poll about which we are, frankly, least confident".
11.50pm: Francie Molloy speaks to our reporter Connla Young:
11.43pm: North Belfast news but still a long way off a result.
Hearing that in some areas of North Belfast, where Alliance and SDLP would normally do well, all votes going towards Sinn Féin - obviously big caveat in that there are loads of boxes to count before we start hearing anything about a possible result #GE19— Jayne McCormack (@BBCJayneMcC) December 12, 2019
11.41pm: The Tories have taken Blyth Valley from Labour, which had held the seat since 1950.
11.38pm: Sinn Féin has urged parties in the north to re-engage in talks to restore power-sharing at Stormont in the wake of the election.
Ahead of an anticipated round of negotiations on Monday, party vice president Michelle O'Neill said: "Whatever the results, Sinn Féin will be in the talks on Monday morning to work to secure a genuine power-sharing Executive which is credible and sustainable to deliver good government and properly resourced public services to all.
"Sinn Féin will continue to represent people where it matters and stand up against Brexit."
11.35pm: SDLP have high hopes in South Belfast and Foyle:
11.32pm: Meanwhile in Uxbridge, Boris Johnson faces 'Count Binface'.
Uxbridge latest: When you’re a photographer and trying to get Count Binface to turn around... pic.twitter.com/RcZ2IPIaNM— Richard Wheeler (@richard_kaputt) December 12, 2019
11.29pm: First result from this election is in. It's a win for the Labour Party, which could be a relatively rare thing tonight if polls are to be believed. First results from the north still a couple of hours or so away.
11.23pm: Good point:
Is the British election worse than VAR?— Ed O'Loughlin (@thatedoloughlin) December 12, 2019
11.21pm: Regarding what looks like impending electoral disaster for the Labour Party, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has been speaking.
He has sought to blame a public discourse in which "Brexit has dominated", defended the left-wing policies adopted by him and Mr Corbyn, and said "appropriate decisions" will be made about the future of the leadership.
The BBC/Sky/ITV exit poll suggested Labour had slumped to 191 seats while the Tories had surged to 368 and winning a majority of 86, paving the way for the UK to leave the EU next month.
If the actual result resembles the prediction, Labour will lose 52 seats, putting it on course for its worst result in terms of seats since 1935.
Mr Corbyn would be under overwhelming pressure to resign.
11.18pm: Sinn Féin's Chris Hazzard "confident" in South Down:
It’s early days but @sinnfeinireland South Down candidate Chris Hazzard says he’ll be returned. He’s defending a 2,500 majority. He said: “You can’t take anything for granted but I’m cautiously confident.” @BBCNewsNI #GE2019 pic.twitter.com/i1nmjdcxKk— Kevin Magee (@KevinMageeBeeb) December 12, 2019
11.11pm: Another big name predicted to lose his seat:
Exit poll suggests 94% chance Dennis Skinner will be ousted by Conservative in Bolsover— Michael Crick (@MichaelLCrick) December 12, 2019
11.00pm: Regardless of results tonight, the focus next week will switch to Stormont where a fresh round of talks is set to resume over restoring a power-sharing executive.
10.57pm: Sinn Féin is confident of a Francie Molloy win in Mid-Ulster. A source close to Mr Molloy said: "If we don't win this seat, the whole party's f*****."
10.54pm: Early signs suggest Labour could have a fairly terrible night:
Labour sources suggesting they'll lose Sunderland Central, Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Sedgefield, NW Durham and Hartlepool - could be a 2015 type Scottish Labour wipe out in NE heartland -remember tho it's still early!— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) December 12, 2019
10.51pm: DUP already under pressure over their opposition to Boris Johnson's Brexit deal:
Tory minister texts: "If Arlene Foster doesn’t regret her stance in the past parliament she’s mad."— Patrick Maguire (@patrickkmaguire) December 12, 2019
10.48pm: Sammy's in the house:
10.47pm: We could see some big names lose their seats tonight:
On the basis of that exit poll, Jo Swinson will have probably lost her seat— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) December 12, 2019
10.43pm: The aforementioned exit poll would give the Tories an 86-seat majority, meaning Boris Johnson would be free to push for Brexit to happen by the end of January 2020.
10.37pm: Here's when we might expect some of tonight's key results to come in:
Rough timings of some key results in Northern Ireland:— Emma Vardy (@EmmaVardyTV) December 12, 2019
? 1AM First result expected in N Down where NI’s only Inde MP is stepping down
? 1-2AM Foyle, one of the most marginal in the UK, Sinn Fein vs SDLP
? 2 - 3AM Three crucial Belfast seats where DUP is under pressure
10.29pm: High turnout reported in North Belfast, a key target for Sinn Féin as their candidate John Finucane hopes to win the seat from the DUP's Nigel Dodds.
10.27pm: Labour Party's shadow trade secretary Barry Gardiner admits it "doesn't look good".
"It certainly doesn't look good."— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 12, 2019
Shadow trade secretary, @BarryGardiner tells Sky News that "the exit poll is a devastating blow” for Labour. #UKElection #GE2019: https://t.co/NmnkQswSNX pic.twitter.com/DSGyBKDjw5
10.20pm: Minor excitement as first box is in for West Tyrone count.
And the first box is in... pic.twitter.com/sc6XJ56wka— Ryan McAleer (@RyanMcAleerbiz) December 12, 2019
10.05pm: Exit poll predicts Conservative majority:
If the exit poll for BBC, ITV and Sky is accurate, Boris Johnson will remain as prime minister with the Conservative Party enjoying a majority that will not need to rely on support of other parties, including the DUP.
It will also mean the British prime minister can press ahead with leaving the EU early next year via his Brexit deal which it is argued will lead to border checks between Britain and the north.
10.00pm: As polls close this evening, there are reports from across the north of a higher turnout than 2017's general election:
Boxes in Ardoyne north Belfast hitting 80% turnout... #niturnout— Brian O'Halloran (@BrianOHallora13) December 12, 2019
Some major 5pm turnout increases in South Belfast compared to 2017. Box in Donegall Pass is 46% (up from 31%). Box in Lough Moss is 36% (up from 23%). Others I've seen are less dramatic, but the trend is definitely up on 2017. Rule of thumb: 5pm % will double by 10pm. #NIturnout— Sam McBride (@SJAMcBride) December 12, 2019
Voter turn out at Seaview Presbyterian Church in North Belfast at noon, a key one for the DUP’s Nigel Dodds pic.twitter.com/M2HDEu6PJP— Rebecca Black (@RBlackPA) December 12, 2019
- Some 1,293,971 eligible voters can cast their ballots in Northern Ireland.
- However fewer people are using postal or proxy methods to vote, according to figures released by the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland.
- A total of 16,969 people have received a postal vote, down from 23,687 in the general election in 2017.
- Fewer proxy votes have also been arranged, down from 11,707 in 2017 to 8,820 this year.
- Here's what you need to know if you're voting.
Voter turn out at Seaview Presbyterian Church in North Belfast at noon, a key one for the DUP’s Nigel Dodds pic.twitter.com/M2HDEu6PJP— Rebecca Black (@RBlackPA) December 12, 2019
Northern Ireland's political leaders have cast their votes in the General Election.
Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster voted in Brookeborough, Co Fermanagh, a constituency where she is supporting a rival unionist as part of pro-Union link-up to try to unseat Sinn Fein.
Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill cast her ballot 40 miles away in her home village of Clonoe in Co Tyrone.
She called in to have a chat with party workers who have based themselves in a caravan outside the polling station all day.
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood was accompanied by wife Rachael and their children Maya and Rosa as he voted in Derry.
While Mr Eastwood's party has stood aside to help a Sinn Fein candidate in North Belfast - a move that has been reciprocated by Sinn Fein in South Belfast - the parties are going head-to-head in Derry in what is set to be a close run battle for the Foyle seat.
Ulster Unionist leader Steve Aiken arrived at Upper Ballyboley Primary School in East Antrim to cast his ballot along with wife Beth.
Alliance leader Naomi Long voted shortly afterwards in East Belfast.
Mrs Long, accompanied by her husband Michael, is hoping for a repeat of her famous victory in 2010 when she dethroned Stormont's then-first minister Peter Robinson.
Here's how the Northern Ireland eligible electorate figures stack up per constituency compared to 2017.— Brendan Hughes (@brendanhughes64) December 12, 2019
Some key battle grounds of Belfast South, North and Foyle have the largest increases in eligible voters.#GE19 #GENI19 @irish_news pic.twitter.com/hr6bxoGx0x
Election night can be a night of great drama, with first the 'exit poll' results, and then the actual first actual results coming in around 11pm. And with the exit poll, and just 3-4 actual results, we should be able to tell which parties and party leaders are going to have a good night.
So, if you are staying up to watch the coverage, here are perhaps a few pointers and results to watch out for.
On to Ballyboley in East Antrim where @SteveAikenUUP cast his vote with wife Beth. Mrs Aiken is originally from Georgia in the US. She has recently become a British citizen so her first ever vote in a UK election is for her husband (he hopes!). pic.twitter.com/DZCkt4JEP5— David Young (@DavidYoungPA) December 12, 2019
While many of the seats in the north appear to be forgone conclusions, there are a few expected to be tighter contests:
Polls released today are predicting a majority in Westminster for Boris Johnson's Conservative Party. This would reduce the influence of the north's MPs with the Tories no longer needing to rely on the DUP for parliamentary votes.
In the north, the election campaign has been steered by issues including Brexit with parties agreeing electoral pacts and the healthcare crisis as workers take part in industrial action amid spiralling waiting lists.
Based on previous declaration times, results in the north are likely to start coming in from around 2am. If you're planning to stay up, check back here as we'll be providing live updates through the night.
SF gain from DUP
Elected: John Finucane (SF) 23,078 (47.06%, +5.35%)
*Nigel Dodds (DUP) 21,135 (43.10%, -3.14%)
Nuala McAllister (Alliance) 4,824 (9.84%, +4.45%)
SF maj 1,943 (3.96%)
4.25% swing DUP to SF
Electorate 72,225; Turnout 49,037 (67.89%, +0.59%)
2017: DUP maj 2,081 (4.53%) - Turnout 45,936 (67.31%)
Dodds (DUP) 21,240 (46.24%); Finucane (SF) 19,159 (41.71%); Nelson
(Alliance) 2,475 (5.39%); McAuley (SDLP) 2,058 (4.48%); O'Hara
(Green) 644 (1.40%); Weir (WP) 360 (0.78%)
Elected: *Gavin Robinson (DUP) 20,874 (49.18%, -6.58%)
Naomi Long (Alliance) 19,055 (44.89%, +8.89%)
Carl McClean (UUP) 2,516 (5.93%, +2.64%)
DUP maj 1,819 (4.29%)
7.74% swing DUP to Alliance
Electorate 66,245; Turnout 42,445 (64.07%, -3.48%)
2017: DUP maj 8,474 (19.76%) - Turnout 42,890 (67.55%)
Robinson (DUP) 23,917 (55.76%); Long (Alliance) 15,443 (36.01%);
Legge (UUP) 1,408 (3.28%); O'Donnell (SF) 894 (2.08%); Milne (Green)
561 (1.31%); Bodel (C) 446 (1.04%); de Faoite (SDLP) 167 (0.39%);
Beck (Ind) 54 (0.13%)
SDLP gain from DUP
Elected: Claire Hanna (SDLP) 27,079 (57.19%, +31.32%)
*Emma Little Pengelly (DUP) 11,678 (24.66%, -5.77%)
Paula Bradshaw (Alliance) 6,786 (14.33%, -3.85%)
Michael Henderson (UUP) 1,259 (2.66%, -0.84%)
Chris McHugh (Aontu) 550 (1.16%)
SDLP maj 15,401 (32.52%)
18.55% swing DUP to SDLP
Electorate 69,984; Turnout 47,352 (67.66%, +1.55%)
2017: DUP maj 1,996 (4.57%) - Turnout 43,705 (66.11%)
Little Pengelly (DUP) 13,299 (30.43%); McDonnell (SDLP) 11,303
(25.86%); Bradshaw (Alliance) 7,946 (18.18%); O Muilleoir (SF) 7,143
(16.34%); Bailey (Green) 2,241 (5.13%); Henderson (UUP) 1,527
(3.49%); Salier (C) 246 (0.56%)
Elected: *Paul Maskey (SF) 20,866 (53.80%, -12.91%)
Gerry Carroll (PBP) 6,194 (15.97%, +5.80%)
Frank McCoubrey (DUP) 5,220 (13.46%, +0.03%)
Paul Doherty (SDLP) 2,985 (7.70%, +0.66%)
Donnamarie Higgins (Alliance) 1,882 (4.85%, +3.05%)
Monica Digney (Aontu) 1,635 (4.22%)
SF maj 14,672 (37.83%)
9.36% swing SF to PBP
Electorate 65,644; Turnout 38,782 (59.08%, -6.01%)
2017: SF maj 21,652 (53.29%) - Turnout 40,633 (65.09%)
Maskey (SF) 27,107 (66.71%); McCoubrey (DUP) 5,455 (13.43%); Carroll
(PBP) 4,132 (10.17%); Attwood (SDLP) 2,860 (7.04%); Eastwood
(Alliance) 731 (1.80%); Campbell (WP) 348 (0.86%)
Elected: *Gregory Campbell (DUP) 15,765 (40.11%, -7.96%)
Cara Hunter (SDLP) 6,158 (15.67%, +4.89%)
Dermot Nicholl (SF) 6,128 (15.59%, -10.93%)
Chris McCaw (Alliance) 5,921 (15.07%, +8.88%)
Richard Holmes (UUP) 3,599 (9.16%, +1.52%)
Sean McNicholl (Aontu) 1,731 (4.40%)
DUP maj 9,607 (24.44%)
6.42% swing DUP to SDLP
Electorate 69,246; Turnout 39,302 (56.76%, -4.45%)
2017: DUP maj 8,842 (21.55%) - Turnout 41,030 (61.20%)
Campbell (DUP) 19,723 (48.07%); Nicholl (SF) 10,881 (26.52%); Quigley
(SDLP) 4,423 (10.78%); Holmes (UUP) 3,135 (7.64%); McCaw (Alliance)
2,538 (6.19%); St Clair-Legge (C) 330 (0.80%)
Elected: *Sir Jeffrey Donaldson (DUP) 19,586 (43.14%, -16.43%)
Sorcha Eastwood (Alliance) 13,087 (28.82%, +17.70%)
Robbie Butler (UUP) 8,606 (18.95%, +2.19%)
Ally Haydock (SDLP) 1,758 (3.87%, -3.66%)
Gary McCleave (SF) 1,098 (2.42%, -1.07%)
Gary Hynds (C) 955 (2.10%, +1.07%)
Alan Love (UKIP) 315 (0.69%)
DUP maj 6,499 (14.31%)
17.07% swing DUP to Alliance
Electorate 75,735; Turnout 45,405 (59.95%, -2.12%)
2017: DUP maj 19,229 (42.80%) - Turnout 44,926 (62.07%)
Donaldson (DUP) 26,762 (59.57%); Butler (UUP) 7,533 (16.77%);
McIntyre (Alliance) 4,996 (11.12%); Catney (SDLP) 3,384 (7.53%);
Russell (SF) 1,567 (3.49%); Nickels (C) 462 (1.03%); Orr (ND) 222
Elected: *Sammy Wilson (DUP) 16,871 (45.28%, -12.07%)
Danny Donnelly (Alliance) 10,165 (27.28%, +11.68%)
Steve Aiken (UUP) 5,475 (14.69%, +2.83%)
Oliver McMullan (SF) 2,120 (5.69%, -3.63%)
Aaron Rankin (C) 1,043 (2.80%, +0.27%)
Angela Mulholland (SDLP) 902 (2.42%, -0.93%)
Philip Randle (Green) 685 (1.84%)
DUP maj 6,706 (18.00%)
11.87% swing DUP to Alliance
Electorate 64,830; Turnout 37,261 (57.47%, -3.16%)
2017: DUP maj 15,923 (41.75%) - Turnout 38,143 (60.63%)
Wilson (DUP) 21,873 (57.34%); Dickson (Alliance) 5,950 (15.60%);
Stewart (UUP) 4,524 (11.86%); McMullan (SF) 3,555 (9.32%); McKillop
(SDLP) 1,278 (3.35%); Logan (C) 963 (2.52%)
Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Elected: *Michelle Gildernew (SF) 21,986 (43.31%, -3.86%)
Tom Elliott (UUP) 21,929 (43.20%, -2.34%)
Adam Gannon (SDLP) 3,446 (6.79%, +1.95%)
Matthew Beaumont (Alliance) 2,650 (5.22%, +3.56%)
Caroline Wheeler (Ind) 751 (1.48%)
SF maj 57 (0.11%)
0.76% swing SF to UUP
Electorate 72,848; Turnout 50,762 (69.68%, -6.07%)
2017: SF maj 875 (1.64%) - Turnout 53,481 (75.75%)
Gildernew (SF) 25,230 (47.18%); Elliott (UUP) 24,355 (45.54%);
Garrity (SDLP) 2,587 (4.84%); Campbell (Alliance) 886 (1.66%); Jones
(Green) 423 (0.79%)
SDLP gain from SF
Elected: Colum Eastwood (SDLP) 26,881 (57.02%, +17.67%)
*Elisha McCallion (SF) 9,771 (20.73%, -18.99%)
Gary Middleton (DUP) 4,773 (10.12%, -5.97%)
Anne McCloskey (Aontu) 2,032 (4.31%)
Shaun Harkin (PBP) 1,332 (2.83%, -0.17%)
Rachael Ferguson (Alliance) 1,267 (2.69%, +0.84%)
Darren Guy (UUP) 1,088 (2.31%)
SDLP maj 17,110 (36.29%)
18.33% swing SF to SDLP
Electorate 74,346; Turnout 47,144 (63.41%, -1.95%)
2017: SF maj 169 (0.37%) - Turnout 45,965 (65.36%)
McCallion (SF) 18,256 (39.72%); Durkan (SDLP) 18,087 (39.35%);
Middleton (DUP) 7,398 (16.09%); Harkin (PBP) 1,377 (3.00%); Doherty
(Alliance) 847 (1.84%)
Elected: *Francie Molloy (SF) 20,473 (45.88%, -8.63%)
Keith Buchanan (DUP) 10,936 (24.51%, -2.40%)
Denise Johnston (SDLP) 6,384 (14.31%, +4.54%)
Mel Boyle (Alliance) 3,526 (7.90%, +5.56%)
Neil Richardson (UUP) 2,611 (5.85%, -0.61%)
Conor Rafferty (Ind) 690 (1.55%)
SF maj 9,537 (21.37%)
3.12% swing SF to DUP
Electorate 70,449; Turnout 44,620 (63.34%, -4.84%)
2017: SF maj 12,890 (27.61%) - Turnout 46,694 (68.18%)
Molloy (SF) 25,455 (54.51%); Buchanan (DUP) 12,565 (26.91%); Quinn
(SDLP) 4,563 (9.77%); Glasgow (UUP) 3,017 (6.46%); Watson (Alliance)
Newry and Armagh
Elected: *Mickey Brady (SF) 20,287 (39.95%, -7.95%)
William Irwin (DUP) 11,000 (21.66%, -2.93%)
Pete Byrne (SDLP) 9,449 (18.61%, +1.71%)
Jackie Coade (Alliance) 4,211 (8.29%, +5.95%)
Sam Nicholson (UUP) 4,204 (8.28%, +0.02%)
Martin Kelly (Aontu) 1,628 (3.21%)
SF maj 9,287 (18.29%)
2.51% swing SF to DUP
Electorate 81,226; Turnout 50,779 (62.52%, -5.94%)
2017: SF maj 12,489 (23.31%) - Turnout 53,579 (68.46%)
Brady (SF) 25,666 (47.90%); Irwin (DUP) 13,177 (24.59%); McNulty
(SDLP) 9,055 (16.90%); Nicholson (UUP) 4,425 (8.26%); Coade
(Alliance) 1,256 (2.34%)
Elected: *Ian Paisley (DUP) 20,860 (47.35%, -11.50%)
Robin Swann (UUP) 8,139 (18.48%, +11.29%)
Patricia O'Lynn (Alliance) 6,231 (14.14%, +8.53%)
Cara McShane (SF) 5,632 (12.79%, -3.47%)
Margaret McKillop (SDLP) 2,943 (6.68%, +1.37%)
Stephen Palmer (Ind) 246 (0.56%)
DUP maj 12,721 (28.88%)
11.40% swing DUP to UUP
Electorate 77,134; Turnout 44,051 (57.11%, -6.94%)
2017: DUP maj 20,643 (42.60%) - Turnout 48,460 (64.05%)
Paisley (DUP) 28,521 (58.85%); McShane (SF) 7,878 (16.26%); Minford
(UUP) 3,482 (7.19%); Gaston (TUV) 3,282 (6.77%); O'Lynn (Alliance)
2,723 (5.62%); O'Loan (SDLP) 2,574 (5.31%)
Elected: *Paul Girvan (DUP) 15,149 (35.25%, -2.99%)
Danny Kinahan (UUP) 12,460 (28.99%, -1.81%)
John Blair (Alliance) 8,190 (19.06%, +11.64%)
Declan Kearney (SF) 4,887 (11.37%, -6.69%)
Roisin Lynch (SDLP) 2,288 (5.32%, -0.15%)
DUP maj 2,689 (6.26%)
0.59% swing DUP to UUP
Electorate 71,711; Turnout 42,974 (59.93%, -3.33%)
2017: DUP maj 3,208 (7.43%) - Turnout 43,170 (63.26%)
Girvan (DUP) 16,508 (38.24%); Kinahan (UUP) 13,300 (30.81%); Kearney
(SF) 7,797 (18.06%); Kelly (Alliance) 3,203 (7.42%); Lynch (SDLP)
Alliance gain from Ind
Elected: Stephen Farry (Alliance) 18,358 (45.17%, +35.88%)
Alex Easton (DUP) 15,390 (37.87%, -0.26%)
Alan Chambers (UUP) 4,936 (12.14%)
Matthew Robinson (C) 1,959 (4.82%, +2.42%)
Alliance maj 2,968 (7.30%)
18.07% swing DUP to Alliance
Electorate 67,099; Turnout 40,643 (60.57%, -0.34%)
2017: Ind maj 1,208 (3.08%) - Turnout 39,185 (60.91%)
Hermon (Ind) 16,148 (41.21%); Easton (DUP) 14,940 (38.13%); Muir
(Alliance) 3,639 (9.29%); Agnew (Green) 2,549 (6.51%); Shivers (C)
941 (2.40%); McCartney (SF) 531 (1.36%); McNeill (SDLP) 400 (1.02%);
Reynolds (Ind) 37 (0.09%)
Elected: *Chris Hazzard (SF) 16,137 (32.43%, -7.51%)
Michael Savage (SDLP) 14,517 (29.17%, -5.96%)
Glyn Hanna (DUP) 7,619 (15.31%, -2.11%)
Patrick Brown (Alliance) 6,916 (13.90%, +10.33%)
Jill Macauley (UUP) 3,307 (6.65%, +2.71%)
Paul Brady (Aontu) 1,266 (2.54%)
SF maj 1,620 (3.26%)
0.78% swing SF to SDLP
Electorate 79,175; Turnout 49,762 (62.85%, -4.39%)
2017: SF maj 2,446 (4.81%) - Turnout 50,893 (67.24%)
Hazzard (SF) 20,328 (39.94%); Ritchie (SDLP) 17,882 (35.14%);
Forsythe (DUP) 8,867 (17.42%); McKee (UUP) 2,002 (3.93%); McMurray
(Alliance) 1,814 (3.56%)
Elected: *Jim Shannon (DUP) 17,705 (47.23%, -14.80%)
Kellie Armstrong (Alliance) 10,634 (28.37%, +13.68%)
Philip Smith (UUP) 4,023 (10.73%, -0.67%)
Joe Boyle (SDLP) 1,994 (5.32%, -0.88%)
Grant Abraham (C) 1,476 (3.94%, +2.63%)
Maurice Macartney (Green) 790 (2.11%, +0.54%)
Ryan Carlin (SF) 555 (1.48%, -1.31%)
Robert Stephenson (UKIP) 308 (0.82%)
DUP maj 7,071 (18.86%)
14.24% swing DUP to Alliance
Electorate 66,928; Turnout 37,485 (56.01%, -4.23%)
2017: DUP maj 18,343 (47.34%) - Turnout 38,749 (60.24%)
Shannon (DUP) 24,036 (62.03%); Armstrong (Alliance) 5,693 (14.69%);
Nesbitt (UUP) 4,419 (11.40%); Boyle (SDLP) 2,404 (6.20%); Murphy (SF)
1,083 (2.79%); Bamford (Green) 607 (1.57%); Hiscott (C) 507 (1.31%)
Elected: Carla Lockhart (DUP) 20,501 (40.97%, -2.57%)
John O'Dowd (SF) 12,291 (24.56%, -3.39%)
Eoin Tennyson (Alliance) 6,433 (12.85%, +8.33%)
Doug Beattie (UUP) 6,197 (12.38%, -3.03%)
Dolores Kelly (SDLP) 4,623 (9.24%, +0.66%)
DUP maj 8,210 (16.41%)
0.41% swing SF to DUP
Electorate 82,887; Turnout 50,045 (60.38%, -3.56%)
2017: DUP maj 7,992 (15.59%) - Turnout 51,258 (63.94%)
Simpson (DUP) 22,317 (43.54%); O Dowd (SF) 14,325 (27.95%); Beattie
(UUP) 7,900 (15.41%); McAlinden (SDLP) 4,397 (8.58%); Doyle
(Alliance) 2,319 (4.52%)
Elected: *Órfhlaith Begley (SF) 16,544 (40.17%, -10.56%)
Thomas Buchanan (DUP) 9,066 (22.01%, -4.93%)
Daniel McCrossan (SDLP) 7,330 (17.80%, +4.84%)
Stephen Donnelly (Alliance) 3,979 (9.66%, +7.36%)
Andy McKane (UUP) 2,774 (6.74%, +1.55%)
James Hope (Aontu) 972 (2.36%)
Susan Glass (Green) 521 (1.26%, +0.28%)
SF maj 7,478 (18.16%)
2.81% swing SF to DUP
Electorate 66,259; Turnout 41,186 (62.16%, -5.78%)
2017: SF maj 10,342 (23.78%) - Turnout 43,486 (67.94%)
McElduff (SF) 22,060 (50.73%); Buchanan (DUP) 11,718 (26.95%);
McCrossan (SDLP) 5,635 (12.96%); Clarke (UUP) 2,253 (5.18%); Donnelly
(Alliance) 1,000 (2.30%); McClean (Green) 427 (0.98%); Brown
(Citizens) 393 (0.90%)
2018: SF maj 7,956 (22.71%) - Turnout 35,029 (54.58%)
Begley (SF) 16,346 (46.66%); Buchanan (DUP) 8,390 (23.95%); McCrossan
(SDLP) 6,254 (17.85%); Smyth (UUP) 2,909 (8.30%); Donnelly (Alliance)