Election 2022: Alliance leader Naomi Long dedicates re-election to father-in-law who died recently

Alliance leader Naomi Long has dedicated her re-election as an MLA for East Belfast to her father-in-law who recently died.

By PA Reporters
Friday, 6th May 2022, 4:09 pm
Updated Friday, 6th May 2022, 6:42 pm

She topped the poll in East Belfast and was re-elected on the first count, along with Joanne Bunting (DUP).

Ms Long told media: “It’s been a good day so far for Alliance and obviously it’s been a good day for me personally in East Belfast and also for Peter McReynolds and we expect that we will hold the two seats there.

“It’s been quite an emotional election campaign for me. I lost my father in law in the last few weeks, and we buried him yesterday. I just want to dedicate this win to him because without family I could not do what I do, and without their support I would not be where I am.

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Alliance's Kellie Armstrong, who topped the poll in Strangford, and party leader Naomi Long. Picture: Kirth Ferris/Pacemker Press

“I am just absolutely thrilled that I’ve polled so well and I really look forward to later on today and seeing all my colleagues bringing it home.”

Results

Naomi Long All 8,195 ELECTED

Joanne Bunting DUP 7,253 ELECTED

David Brooks DUP 6,633

Peter McReynolds All 5,820

Andy Allen UUP 5,281

John Ross TUV 3,087

Brian Smyth Green 2,302

Mairead O’Donnell SF 1,369

Lauren Kerr UUP 1,282

Karl Bennett PUP 970

Hannah Kenny PBP 500

Charlotte Carson SDLP 484

Eoin MacNeill WP 72