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Alliance leader Naomi Long to contest East Belfast seat in General Election

By Jonny Bell

Naomi Long is to contest the East Belfast seat in the Westminster General Election.

The constituency is one of the key battlegrounds in the June 8 poll in the election in Northern Ireland.

Long unseated Peter Robinson in 2010 after his decades in the seat. She was then unseated by the DUP's Gavin Robinson in 2015.

In the 2015 poll Gavin Robinson won by a majority of over 2,500 on Naomi Long.  A unionist pact meant the Ulster Unionists did not field a candidate in that election, however, this looks unlikely to happen again for this June's snap election.

Mrs Long said she was "delighted" to fight to retake the seat.

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“In 2015, Alliance was only 2,500 votes away from defeating a five-party pact in East Belfast. People responded to our positive message of change then and I am confident voters will once again want to see that and back Alliance candidates in this General Election," said the Alliance leader.

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