VIDEO: UKIP man says ‘we could have done no more’ after almost seizing East Antrim seat

UKIP NI leader David McNarry (left) with the party's East Antrim candidate Noel Jordan
UKIP NI leader David McNarry (left) with the party's East Antrim candidate Noel Jordan
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Noel Jordan has spoken of his disappointment after seeming to come within a whisker of upsetting the status quo in East Antrim.

The Carrick man, who is a bricklayer by trade and who now sits as a councillor in his hometown, had looked by Saturday morning as if he was perhaps set to snatch Alastair Ross’ seat.

As midday approached, there were only two seats still undecided.

Sinn Fein’s Oliver McMullan had a lead of about 500 votes, and there was only about 120 votes between Mr Jordan and Mr Ross.

However, in the end Mr Ross won comfortably thanks to transfers from the UUP, and Sinn Fein won narrowly.

Here is how the results panned out.

Mr Jordan – who only joined UKIP in 2014 – had said on Friday night: “It was a hard day. A hard, long day. I’m very nervous, very apprehensive.

“I can’t honestly say I’m enjoying it. But I’ll tell you better tomorrow [Saturday].

“I’ve never experienced anything like this before. It’s a learning curve for me and my team.”

After his defeat was finally revealed at lunchtime on Saturday, he told the News Letter; “To say it has been an experience would be an understatement.

“I’d a great team of guys. We’re a small party, a small team.

“We have no regrets. Absolutely no regrets. We did everything we possibly could, and more.

“Yes, we’re disappointed. We’d love to have made a difference... but unfortunately we just fell at the final hurdle.”

He said the people at large still seem to vote along “orange and green” lines, and that as democrats UKIP members simply had to accept that.