Local Election 2019

Tories lose only remaining councillor in north

Former mayor of Coleraine, David Harding, lost the Tories' only council seat in Northern Ireland

THE Tories have no councillors in Northern Ireland after the party's only remaining representative lost his seat.

David Harding, who represented the Coleraine ward in Causeway Coast and Glens Council, received the second lowest number of first preference votes, behind UKIP's Amanda Ranaghan.

Despite his relatively high profile, Mr Harding had just 112 first preference votes, 10 less than Ms Ranaghan.

He was the second Causeway council candidate to be eliminated yesterday.

A trained vet, Mr Harding joined the Ulster Unionist Party following the Good Friday Agreement and was co-opted on to the then Coleraine Borough Council in 2009.

He also served as mayor of Coleraine in 2013/14.

The loss of Mr Harding's seat reflected a huge electoral backlash against the Tories in England.

The party lost more than a thousand council seats in the English local elections amid fears about the government's handling of Brexit.

The Tories have a £1 billion confidence and supply agreement with the DUP to prop up Theresa May's minority government at Westminster.

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