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General Election 2019 Results For East Antrim

Constituency Profile ‘Nationalists need not apply’ is a phrase that could easily be affixed to the election in East Antrim which has always been a unionist battleground. Fittingly for a coastal constituency, it would appear the incumbent, Sammy Wilson of the DUP, is yet again home in a boat. New Ulster Unionist leader Steve Aiken aims to capsize that outcome, however, mopping up all unionist Remain supporters and encouraging tactical voting by others to wound Wilson. As his party’s most gung-ho Brexiteer, even before Brexit, Wilson will next year have represented East Antrim for 15 years. In a perfect storm, were unionist votes to divide equally between him and Aiken – they both live in the constituency – Alliance, especially if its recent surge in the Euro and local government elections is repeated, could come through the middle. In one nasty incident Alliance activists had an egg thrown at them … Continue reading

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East Antrim: Alliance surge and Aiken falters as Sammy Wilson retains seat

“I pledge in the forthcoming session of Parliament, we will do our best to restore the Assembly so that decisions can be made,” he said. “If Sinn Fein’s intransigence in locking the doors of Stormont to stop good things happening (continues), then we say to the British Government, either bring in direct rule or change the rules to keep the shirkers out and the workers in. “We will work to see that the voice of the people of the UK, to leave the EU, and to reap the benefits of being outside of the EU, are delivered for the whole of the UK, including Northern Ireland.” Taking on newly elected Ulster Unionist Party leader Steve Aiken, the former submariner, Mr Wilson may have been facing one of his strongest unionist opponents in a seat he has held for 15 years. Expand Close UUP leader Steve Aiken pictured at the count … Continue reading

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Urgent meeting over Larne bank closure ‘˜shock’

Commenting on the decision, which will also see the Ballynahinch branch shut on the same date, Richard Caldwell, Danske Bank’s managing director of Personal Banking Small Business, said: “The way customers use branches has changed significantly in recent years. Many are now choosing to use different ways to bank, such as digital or telephone banking. As a business, we must respond to these changes, therefore priorities for investment will adapt and change. Parliamentary reports show first speaker only – follow this lnk for the full transcription. Articles may come from parliamentary reports, various public news feeds and Google News Search. Content is republished here for context. Copyright is respected and remains with the original author at all times. Original Article:https://www.larnetimes.co.uk/news/urgent-meeting-over-larne-bank-closure-shock-1017367

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Millions needed to avoid ‘imminent’ collapse of Northern Ireland public transport network

Millions in additional funding is needed to avoid the “imminent and serious collapse” of Northern Ireland’s public transport network, it has been warned. The dire warning about Translink’s perilous financial situation was included in a briefing document presented to Stormont’s Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday. Translink had £56.7m in reserves in 2015, however due to “severe” budgetary constraints at the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) and cuts made from 2015/16 onwards, millions were instead given to the department to plug funding gaps in its budget. DfI official John McGrath said that, not only has the department been unable to address these cuts in recent years, “they have almost become institutionalised” and Translink’s reserves are rapidly dwindling. Translink operates Ulsterbus, Goldliner, Northern Ireland Railways and Belfast Metro services. We are talking about a very serious situation of we had to shut down Translink and it went bankrupt Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs Mr … Continue reading

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Tribute to Honorary President of the Ulster Unionist Party

Party leader Steve Aiken OBE MLA said: “May Steele MBE, JP, our Honorary Party President, embodied the Ulster Unionist Party in East Antrim for many, many years.  Although she had been in failing health over recent years, she still made a point of trying to get out to attend meetings and conferences, right up to the EGM of the Ulster Unionist Council in Templepatrick in early November, where I was elected leader. Parliamentary reports show first speaker only – follow this lnk for the full transcription. Articles may come from parliamentary reports, various public news feeds and Google News Search. Content is republished here for context. Copyright is respected and remains with the original author at all times. Original Article:https://www.newtownabbeytoday.co.uk/news/politics/tribute-honorary-president-ulster-unionist-party-2013780

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