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Fermanagh and South Tyrone

Fermanagh and South Tyrone will be the key battle between unionists and Sinn Fein in this election as old rivals go head to head once again.

The two-horse race will see Sinn Fein candidate Michelle Gildernew attempt to take the Westminster seat from the Ulster Unionist’s Tom Elliott.

The battle over the famous seat in 2015 saw Mr Elliott narrowly emerge as the winner after he defeated Ms Gildernew by less than 600 votes when the DUP stood aside. It was considered one of the biggest upsets of the election.

This constituency has witnessed one of the most closely-fought elections in the UK after Ms Gildernew held on to the seat in 2010 when she beat unionist unity candidate Rodney Connor by just four votes.

Sinn Fein will be hoping to emulate its strong performance at the Assembly elections and have been boosted by a recent poll which suggested that Sinn Fein will take the seat.

The SDLP is fielding Mary Garrity as their candidate, who is currently the chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. The party suffered a huge blow when John Coyle lost out on over 800 votes in the 2015 election compared to their 2010 performance.

Unknown 2015 Alliance candidate Hannah Su was last over the finish line with just 658 votes while the Green Party’s Tanya Jones who gained 788 votes is hoping to increase her share in the upcoming election.

Noreen Campbell, a former teacher and principal of an integrated school, has replaced Hannah Su for the Alliance Party.

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