Video: Anna Lo explains surge in nationalist support for Alliance

Alliance European election candidate Anna Lo has said that her strong performance for the party may partly be down to her comments about a united Ireland and the Alliance role in restricting the flying of the Union Flag on Belfast City Hall.

The South Belfast MLA polled 44,432 first preference votes in the election, a 7.1% share of the vote, up from 5.5% of the vote which the then Alliance candidate Ian Parsley got in 2009.

Alliance Party's Anna Lo

Alliance Party's Anna Lo

A surprisingly high number of Alliance transfers went to the SDLP’s Alex Attwood (24,675), rather than to the UUP’s Jim Nicholson (6,959).

A delighted Ms Lo told the News Letter that Alliance would “build on” the support which it has won and that as a cross-community party it would work for all voters, regardless of their background.