Mallon and Storey among high-profile casualties of Assembly poll

The Assembly election has resulted in a series of high-profile casualties.

Here are some of the familiar faces that will be absent from the Stormont benches going forward.

– Nichola Mallon

The SDLP deputy leader arguably is the biggest faller of the 2022 Assembly election.

With party leader Colum Eastwood based at Westminster, Ms Mallon had been the SDLP’s most high-profile figure at Stormont and had served as infrastructure minister since 2020.

Her demise is symbolic of what has been a terrible election for a party that played such a key role in forging the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

A polished media performer who had a reputation as a hard-working minister, Ms Mallon was seen a potential future leader of the SDLP. Her loss will prompt head scratching and deep concern among party chiefs.

The former lord mayor of Belfast ultimately fell victim to the Alliance surge, after Nuala McAllister, another former Belfast mayor, captured her North Belfast seat.

Mervyn Storey (Liam McBurney/PA)
Mervyn Storey (Liam McBurney/PA)



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