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Swann credits poll-topping success to work of the health service

While the Ulster Unionists are experiencing a difficult election day, former leader Robin Swann bucked the trend when he topped the poll in north Antrim. Mr Swann was Northern Ireland’s health minister throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. He won plaudits from many for his stewardship of the crisis-hit health service while it was ravaged by the pandemic. Speaking after he was elected on the first count, Mr Swann said: “A lot of the votes that I got in this election have been a testimony to the delivery of the health service over the past two years. “This is a victory for the UUP, it is about the team that we have had out over the past six weeks. “We engaged with people and we saw the challenges.” It shows that a positive brand of unionism is alive and we will continue to push our message Robbie Butler Another Ulster Unionist success … Continue reading

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It is vital that the Larne-Cairnryan ferry route continues

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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