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'Let's get to work' say Alliance after historic win

Alliance Party pairing Danny Donnelly and Stewart Dickson at the Jordanstown count after they were both elected for East Antrim. PICTURE: Stephen Davison/Pacemaker
Mairead Holland

A HISTORIC moment is how veteran Alliance politician Stewart Dickson described his party's performance in East Antrim on Friday.

The party took two seats for the first time ever in the constituency.

Mr Dickson and colleague Danny Donnelly were elected at the fifth stage with 5,059 and 4,224 votes respectively.

In a tweet yesterday, he said: "After some celebrating and some sleep, we want to say an immense thanks to everyone who gave us the privilege of their vote in #AE22. We won’t let you down. Team Donnelly and Dickson. Now let’s get to work."

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Alliance's success was at the expense of another political veteran, Roy Beggs of the Ulster Unionist Party, who lost his seat at stage two after receiving just 3,549 votes.

Mr Beggs was first elected to the Assembly in 1998, following in the footsteps of his father Roy Beggs senior, who was the East Antrim MP for more than 20 years.

Meanwhile, his fellow Ulster Unionist John Stewart topped the poll in the constituency, which was the first to be fully declared.

He polled 6,195 first preference votes and was elected at the third stage.

He said that while he was "absolutely delighted with the endorsement", which saw him increase his votes and retain his seat, he was disappointed Mr Beggs had lost his.

The DUP also secured two seats with Gordon Lyons, former Economy Minister, elected at the fourth stage with 6,256 votes, and his running mate David Hilditch making it over the line at the next stage with 5,662.

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