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Jim Allister refuses to shake Martina Anderson's hand

TUV members turn their backs as Sinn Féin's Martina Anderson makes her victory speech following her win in the European elections

TUV leader Jim Allister refused to shake Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson's hand after the European election results were announced last night.

Mr Allister shook hands with the DUP's Diane Dodds and second-placed MEP, the Alliance's Naomi Long, following their victories.

But he refused to acknowledge the Sinn Féin representative.

During his closing speech, he hit out at Ms Anderson - a convicted IRA bomber who served 13 years in jail.

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"I also say to Miss Anderson, you will never represent the unionists of Northern Ireland," he said.

"No IRA bomber who set her hand to destroy unionist people, all people, through bombs and bullets will ever represent the people of this province."

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TUV members also turned their backs on the stage while Ms Anderson made her victory speech.

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