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Chambers proves to be a rare light in UUP's darkness

North Down

By Brett Campbell

The DUP may have topped the poll with a 37.5% share, but its decision to run only two candidates meant the party was always going to have at least one less MLA in the constituency.

It left the door wide open for the safe return of all five outgoing MLAs who were on the ticket despite early morning speculation over the potential impact of a 10% spike in turnout. All whispering ceased as the first preference votes were revealed and it became clear there would be no significant shift in demographics.

The UUP's Alan Chambers doubled the votes he racked up 10 months ago and was elected at the first stage, along with the DUP's Alex Easton and Stephen Farry of Alliance Party.

The fourth seat was secured by the DUP's Gordon Dunne and, after a long day, Green Party leader Steven Agnew claimed the final seat shortly after 10.30pm.

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