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Paisley calls on God to help out

Ian Paisley Jnr, who retained his North Antrim seat with a thumping majority, has called for a national day of prayer throughout the UK on Sunday.

With some uncertainty over the formation of a future government in Downing Street, he said: "Church and political leaders must seek God's help because the situation is so complex."

With his Democratic Unionist Party possibly centrally involved in the decision-making process over the next few days, Mr Paisley added: "This is big boy, grown-up, sensible politics.

"This is a significant result which puts the DUP centre-stage not only in Northern Ireland but nationally, and we will do what has to be done in the best interests for the people of the UK and Northern Ireland.

"People need to have leadership at this time and seek guidance and that's why it would be a good idea for church and political leaders to lead a national day of prayer this weekend."

Mr Paisley's father, the Rev Ian Paisley, former leader of the Democratic Unionist Party who died last year, held the seat for 40 years until his retirement in 2010.

Even before the result was declared in Ballymena, Co Antrim, supporters cheered him and his wife Fiona into the counting centre at the borough's Seven Towers Leisure Centre. His majority over his nearest rival was almost 11,500.

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