DUP and Sinn Fein dominate in Northern Ireland

The results for all of Northern Ireland’s constituencies are in, and it’s the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Fein celebrating electoral successes.

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The DUP have secured 10 of the 18 available seats, a gain of two constituencies compared to 2015. In comparison, Sinn Fein have won seven, three more than they managed at the previous election. Sinn Fein traditionally opt not to assume their seats in parliament, and have signalled an intention to uphold this stance once again.

North Down was the only seat not picked up by either party. Instead it was held by Lady Sylvia Hermon, an independent unionist candidate, who won with 16,148 of the votes — an 8 per cent decline from 2015.

The gains made by the DUP may be crucial in helping the Conservative’s establish a government should the party fail to gather the 326 votes required to establish an overall majority in the House of Commons.

 

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