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Fermanagh and South Tyrone

By Cate McCurry

All eyes will be on the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency as DUP leader Arlene Foster fights for a repeat performance of last May’s election results.

The former First Minister topped the poll with 8,801 first preference votes in her first election as DUP leader.

She faces a bigger battle this time round with the ‘cash for ash’ scandal looming overhead, with opponents confident that the scandal will damage the DUP leader.

However, her running mate Lord Maurice Morrow appears more vulnerable and may take any hit over the botched energy scheme fall out. The Ulster Unionists are fielding one candidate with Rosemary Barton hoping to retain her seat, though she faces a tough battle thanks to the reduction in Assembly seats.

Sinn Fein lost a seat to the SDLP’s Richie McPhillips last May and with newcomer Jemma Dolan in place, the party will hope to regain the seat. The TUV’s Alex Elliott, a cousin of MP Tom Elliott, will want to maximise on last year’s performance — 1,164 first preference votes.

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