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UUP stalwart Roy Beggs will ‘see what direction I want to take’ after losing Assembly seat

UUP stalwart Roy Beggs has told of how he will “see what direction I want to take” as he reflected on losing the Assembly seat he had held for 24 years.

Mr Beggs, a former Stormont deputy speaker, also said he believes he “didn’t sell myself on social media” ahead of last week’s election.

“I was too involved in the Assembly, I didn’t sell myself on social media, candidates selling themselves on social media were the ones who were most successful, in many cases over-selling themselves,” he told the Sunday World.

“I’m more modest, I’ve never believed in over-egging myself.”

For the first time since East Antrim was created as a constituency in 1983, there is nobody from the Beggs family representing the area at either Stormont or Westminster.

Mr Beggs father, also called Roy, was the first MP when electoral boundaries were redrawn to form the constituency area in the early 1980s.

In the Assembly election, Mr Beggs – his party’s longest serving MLA having held the seat since 1998 – polled only 3,549 first preference votes.

“Of course there is disappointment, but you have to accept the will of the people,” he said.

“It was a new experience for me, I have been successful a number of times over my 24 year career, but it was clear from the early tallying something different was happening.”

He described how as it emerged he was not going to be re-elected, he left the count centre and started taking his election posters.

“I had a coffee and then started to take my election posters down,” he said.

“I’ve always done that, straight away, so even on Friday (count day) and then on Saturday, I was taking my posters down. It’s better to get on with it, rather than wondering what on earth went wrong.”

He said “coming into the office on Monday morning was difficult, some of the staff have been with me for a long time”. but he would now look to the future.

“I’ll take some time away and see what direction I want to take, I need to be in employment, it’s a big challenge,” he said.

“I’ll have to see of there is any room to use the experience I have gathered over the last 24 years.”


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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)
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Assembly stalwarts Roy Beggs and Peter Weir lose seats

For the first time since East Antrim was created as a constituency in 1983, there will nobody from the Beggs family representing the area at either Stormont or Westminster.

Ulster Unionist Roy Beggs Jr, a former Stormont deputy speaker and party stalwart, was eliminated early in the voting process for the constituency, which covers the coastal towns of Carrickfergus and Larne.

Mr Beggs had been his party’s longest serving MLA, having held the seat since 1998.

The Beggs association with the area is longstanding, with Roy Beggs Sr having been the first MP when electoral boundaries were redrawn to form the constituency area in the early 1980s.

Mr Beggs polled only 3,549 first preference votes, well behind the 6,195 for his party colleague John Stewart.

Mr Beggs was eliminated on the second count and left the count centre at Ulster University in Jordanstown early.

His fortunes mirrored those of his party, which has suffered a disappointing election, gaining just over 11% of first preference votes.

He was not the only high-profile candidate to fall, with former education minister Peter Weir being eliminated in Strangford.

Mr Weir had been an MLA since 1998 when the Assembly was first created following the Good Friday Agreement.

The DUP previously held three seats in the constituency and was always likely to struggle to hold them all, with Mr Weir the casualty.

With counting continuing late on Friday, the possibility remained that other high-profile politicians could potentially lose their seats, with UUP leader Doug Beattie in Upper Bann, SDLP deputy leader Nichola Mallon in north Belfast and Green Party NI leader Clare Bailey all under pressure.


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Assembly stalwarts Beggs and Weir lose seats

Roy Beggs had been an MLA since 1998 (NI Assembly/PA) (PA Wire)

For the first time since East Antrim was created as a constituency in 1983, there will nobody from the Beggs family representing the area at either Stormont or Westminster.

Ulster Unionist Roy Beggs Jr, a former Stormont deputy speaker and party stalwart, was eliminated early in the voting process for the constituency, which covers the coastal towns of Carrickfergus and Larne.

Mr Beggs had been his party’s longest serving MLA, having held the seat since 1998.

The Beggs association with the area is longstanding, with Roy Beggs Sr having been the first MP when electoral boundaries were redrawn to form the constituency area in the early 1980s.

Mr Beggs polled only 3,549 first preference votes, well behind the 6,195 for his party colleague John Stewart.

Mr Beggs was eliminated on the second count and left the count centre at Ulster University in Jordanstown early.

His fortunes mirrored those of his party, which has suffered a disappointing election, gaining just over 11% of first preference votes.

The DUPs Peter Weir has lost his seat in Strangford (Peter Morrison/PA) (PA Archive)The DUPs Peter Weir has lost his seat in Strangford (Peter Morrison/PA) (PA Archive)

He was not the only high-profile candidate to fall, with former education minister Peter Weir being eliminated in Strangford.

Mr Weir had been an MLA since 1998 when the Assembly was first created following the Good Friday Agreement.

The DUP previously held three seats in the constituency and was always likely to struggle to hold them all, with Mr Weir the casualty.

With counting continuing late on Friday, the possibility remained that other high-profile politicians could potentially lose their seats, with UUP leader Doug Beattie in Upper Bann, SDLP deputy leader Nichola Mallon in north Belfast and Green Party NI leader Clare Bailey all under pressure.


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