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Allister ready for all-out attack on two main parties

North Antrim

By Nevin Farrell

Tratitional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister vowed to be a "thorn in the flesh" of Sinn Fein and the DUP.

Mr Allister said there had been a "catastrophic failure of government" and, at the heart of the institutions, a "destructive party with no interest in making Northern Ireland work, namely Sinn Fein".

He said the price that will be demanded from the DUP "when the proverbial Sinn Fein gun is put to the head is a price too high to pay". A reference to the absence of a unionist majority at Stormont led to anger at Arlene Foster from the TUV.

With one less seat, sitting DUP MLA Phillip Logan was the casualty, but party colleagues Paul Frew and Mervyn Storey were both returned. Mr Frew admitted: "We have faced difficult times, this has been a brutal election, and we were always going to find it tough to keep three seats."

Sinn Fein soaked up the symbolism of topping the poll in what was a stronghold for the DUP under Rev Ian Paisley.

SF MLA Philip McGuigan said: "The people of North Antrim sent out an historic message today."

Robin Swann of the UUP was the fifth MLA elected.

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