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North Antrim: Victorious Ian Paisley calls for day of prayer

By Nevin Farrell

Ian Paisley retained his North Antrim seat in style in the early hours of this morning - and called for a national day of prayer throughout the UK on Sunday.

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

He added: "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, who died last year, held the seat for 40 years until his retirement in 2010.

The turnout was slightly down on 2010, but Mr Paisley arrived with his wife Fiona at the count centre in Ballymena's Seven Towers Leisure Centre to cheers.

He won by a landslide with 18,107 votes, well ahead of second-placed Timothy Gaston of the TUV on 6,561.

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