DUP and Sinn Fein make gains as SDLP and Alliance falter

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

The Conservatives, although still the biggest party, can not now win an overall majority.

Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives will fall short of a majority by winning 314 seats in the election, according to an exit poll. Emma Little Pengelly looked likely to take the South Belfast seat from Alasdair McDonnell of the nationalist SDLP.

Speaking after his victory, Donaldson said the DUP "could be very influential" at Westminster once all the votes were counted.

Although Sinn Fein has made clear it will not drop its abstentionist policy regardless of the final shake down in parliament, the DUP has indicated its willingness to talk with the Conservatives if they require support to form a government. "With a strong DUP Brexit team in place, farming and other industries should see a favourable future in Northern Ireland", he said.

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Foster said the DUP's resurgence after losing votes in the Stormont assembly election in March "underscored the fact that Northern Ireland remains British".

The SDLP and UUP, the two parties who together forged the Good Friday Agreement and for decades held the pre-eminent positions in Northern Ireland politics, now are without a single MP between them.

Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew has been returned as MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone after a long night of counting in Omagh.

Sinn Fein won a further three seats bringing their number of MPs to seven. Adams said: "No. If we are fortunate enough to have candidates elected as MPs it will on the basis that we will not be going to take our seats in Westminster".

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