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Local Election 2019

Kinahan comes full circle with council seat

Pleased: Danny Kinahan
Pleased: Danny Kinahan

By Chris McCullough

Danny Kinahan says he is determined to work hard for the people of Ballyclare as a newly elected UUP councillor on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

However, the Ulster Unionist veteran has set a goal to return to Westminster again as a Member of Parliament.

Mr Kinahan topped the poll in the Ballyclare DEA with 1,253 votes and promises to work hard for his new constituents.

For a full breakdown visit our Election hub and check out the results from each council: Antrim and Newtownabbey --- Ards and North Down --- Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon --- Belfast --- Causeway Coast and Glens --- Derry and Strabane --- Fermanagh and Omagh --- Lisburn and Castlereagh --- Mid and East Antrim --- Mid Ulster --- Newry, Mourne and Down

"I have enjoyed a full circle in local and national politics," he said. "I was a councillor in Antrim from 2005 to 2009 and then an MLA for the next six years and MP from 2015 to 2017.

"I enjoy the work as a politician and I really like to help people. Over the years I have made many excellent contacts at every level and intend using these resources to help the people in my new area. Of course, I would like to have worked in my own home area but I had to stand where there was a space and that is why I stood for Ballyclare DEA.

"Many people in that area already know me and trust me and that has of course helped my strong vote to top the poll," he said.

"The Ulster Unionist Party may have lost a few seats but we are attracting younger members and younger voters. I think the entire Brexit saga has affected voting as well in some areas."

Mr Kinahan said his goal is a return to the House of Commons "when the opportunity arises".

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