The Alliance Party’s Euro contender Anna Lo yesterday said she felt the party would benefit from the turmoil facing NI21 – but also feels sorry for that party’s budding candidates.
She was heartened by the very strong early Alliance performance on in Lisnasharragh district (located in Belfast city’s Protestant south-east, taking in the Cregagh and Ravenhill areas) where Michael Long sailed through as the top candidate.
Asked on Friday about the threat NI21 may have posed to them at the election, she said: “We were a bit concerned they seemed to be using our language all the time about a shared future, about us-and-them politics being not good for Northern Ireland.
“We think we would gain from their misfortune, unfortunately for them. I certainly feel very, very sorry for the candidates who worked very hard obviously in the last three weeks.”
Successful SDLP candidate Claire Hanna (representing Balmoral in Belfast) said she fears that having got so many fresh faces involved in politics, only to have NI21 party face such major problems, risked increasing the general “disillusionment” with politics.