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Euro result: DUP and SF win comfortably but strong vote for TUV and Ukip

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Sinn Fein swept the poll in the Euro election and the DUP came a comfortable second, it was confirmed this evening.

Sinn Fein swept the poll in the Euro election and the DUP came a comfortable second, it was confirmed this evening.

None of the three Northern Ireland MEP seats will change hands.

There were wild celebrations from Sinn Fein and the DUP when their party candidates’ results were read aloud at the King’s Hall in Belfast.

A big story of the poll was the large TUV vote of 75,806 for party leader Jim Allister, whose candidates had poored poorly in the last Stormont and Westminster elections.

This was within striking distance of the 83,438 first preference votes secured by incumbent Ulster Unionist Jim Nicholson.

However, with subsequent vote counts ongoing, Mr Nicholson was expected to win re-election on transfers.

The SDLP’s Alex Attwood was between the two Jims, winning 81,594 votes.

One of the most striking outcomes was the 24,584 votes achieved by Henry Reilly, a relatively low-profile Ukip candidate, which suggests that the wave of Euroscepticism across that has benefited Nigel Farage’s party has extended to Northern Ireland, albeit to a lesser extent than in Great Britain.

Alliance’s Anna Lo polled a respectable 44,432 first preference votes.

The NI21, Green and Conservative candidates all had a disappointing first preference vote.

The votes were as follows:

Anderson (SF) 159,813 25.5%

Dodds (DUP) 131,163 21%

Nicholson (UUP) 83,438 13.3%

Attwood (SDLP) 81,594 13%

Allister (TUV) 75,806 12.1%

Lo (Alliance) 44,432 7.1%

Reilly (Ukip) 24,584 3.9%

Brown (Green) 10,598 1.7%

McKenzie (NI21) 10,553 1.7%

Brotherston (Cons) 4,144 0.8%

 

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