Election 2022 Live Blog: DUP man signals united unionist party may be on the cards – No Stormont return until Protocol issues resolved, says DUP MP Ian Paisley – Naomi Long and DUP’s Joanne Bunting both elected on the first count in East Belfast

Last updated: Friday, 06 May, 2022, 18:07

Election 2022: DUP very much in the game, insists Donaldson

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has been elected as an MLA for Lagan Valley following the first count.

ELECTION 2022: Lagan Valley – WATCH as DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson storms home with over 12,000 votes

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has romped home easily in Lagan Valley.

ELECTION 2022: East Antrim – DUP man leads the pack as Alliance poll strongly

The first stage of the results for East Antrim are out – with DUP man Gordon Lyons having taken the lead in the seat.

ELECTION 2022: South Antrim – Sinn Fein’s all-Ireland chairman Declan Kearney trounces all to seize seat

Declan Kearney, the national chairman of Sinn Fein, has far outstripped all rivals to take the biggest slice of electoral pie in South Antrim.

Upper Bann TUV candidate Darrin Foster is pleased that he has tripled his vote since the last election. However with just over 4000 first preferences against an estimated quota of 9500 he does not think it will be enough for him. “I think we will just miss out,” he told the News Letter.“ I think Doug [Beattie] will keep his seat and [DUP candidate] Jonathan Buckley will come in close to quota.” He believes the DUP’s Diane Dodds will win a seat on his transfers and that Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd will retake that party’s seat.

Newry and Armagh results from First Count
* Cathal Boylan (SF) 9843
Jackie Coade (Alliance) 3345
Daniel Connolly (Aontu) 1189
Nicola Grant (WP) 160
Ciara Henry (Green) 314
William Irwin (DUP) 7577
Liz Kimmins (SF) 7964
Gavin Malone (Ind) 3157
Justin McNulty (SDLP) 6217
* Conor Murphy (SF) 9847
Keith Ratcliffe (TUV) 5407
David Taylor (UUP) 3864
Quota: 9815

With the DUP’s Phillip Brett on 6,329 first preferences and his running mate Brian Kingston on 4,844 this should guarantee the party retains it’s two seats in North Belfast. Ron McDowell of the TUV gained 3,335 first preferences.Julie Anne Corr-Johnston got 2,643 for the UUP and the PUP leader Billy Hutchinson got 762.

ELECTION 2022: Lagan Valley – Donaldson storms home with over 12,000 votes

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has romped home easily in Lagan Valley.

Election 2022: Long dedicates re-election to father-in-law who died recently

Alliance leader Naomi Long has dedicated her re-election as an MLA for East Belfast to her father-in-law who recently died.

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