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Assembly election May 2011: Fred Cobain election poster. Taken on the Doagh Road, Newtownabbey. Submitted by reader Bill Corr

Assembly election May 2011: Fred Cobain election poster. Taken on the Doagh Road, Newtownabbey. Submitted by reader Bill Corr

Northern Ireland Assembly election May 2011: Tom Elliott spoke as Sinn Fein celebrated a major gain in the Fermanagh/South Tyrone constituency

Northern Ireland Assembly election May 2011: Tom Elliott spoke as Sinn Fein celebrated a major gain in the Fermanagh/South Tyrone constituency

Northern Ireland Assembly election May 2011: Sinn Fein's Paul Maskey and Jennifer McCann are  elected on the first count  for West Belfast

Northern Ireland Assembly election May 2011: Sinn Fein's Paul Maskey and Jennifer McCann are elected on the first count for West Belfast

Northern Ireland Assembly election May 2011: Counting starts in the Northern Ireland Assembly election at Newtownards Leisure Centre

Northern Ireland Assembly election May 2011: Counting starts in the Northern Ireland Assembly election at Newtownards Leisure Centre

Northern Ireland Assembly election May 2011: Anna Lo of the Alliance party is elected for South Belfast

Northern Ireland Assembly election May 2011: Anna Lo of the Alliance party is elected for South Belfast

Northern Ireland Assembly election May 2011: A delay at the counts in the King's Hall, Belfast

Northern Ireland Assembly election May 2011: A delay at the counts in the King's Hall, Belfast

Sinn Fein's Caral Ni Chuilin as the ballot boxes are opened for counting in the Valley Leisure Centre

Sinn Fein's Caral Ni Chuilin as the ballot boxes are opened for counting in the Valley Leisure Centre

Raymond McCord  (Independent) and Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly at the count in Valley Leisure Centre

Raymond McCord (Independent) and Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly at the count in Valley Leisure Centre

DUP's Paul Girvan and Trevor Clarke pump their fist with joy after being elected for South Antrim on the first count at Valley Leisure Centre

DUP's Paul Girvan and Trevor Clarke pump their fist with joy after being elected for South Antrim on the first count at Valley Leisure Centre

First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson with Michelle McIlveen and Jonathan Bell who won seats in the Strangford election at the count in Newtownards Leisure Centre

First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson with Michelle McIlveen and Jonathan Bell who won seats in the Strangford election at the count in Newtownards Leisure Centre

Martina Anderson who was returned as an MLA in the Foyle Constituency last night at the count in Lisneal College after coming second in the poll and being elected on the first count

Martina Anderson who was returned as an MLA in the Foyle Constituency last night at the count in Lisneal College after coming second in the poll and being elected on the first count

Martin McKeown

An emotional Nelson McCausland and wife Mary are overcome with joy after being elected for North Belfast on the first count at Valley Leisure Centre for the Northern Ireland Assembly election

An emotional Nelson McCausland and wife Mary are overcome with joy after being elected for North Belfast on the first count at Valley Leisure Centre for the Northern Ireland Assembly election

DUP's Michelle McIIveen tops the poll in Srangford and is congragulated by Jim Shannon (left) and Robert Gibson  at the election count at Ards Leisure Centre

DUP's Michelle McIIveen tops the poll in Srangford and is congragulated by Jim Shannon (left) and Robert Gibson at the election count at Ards Leisure Centre

Brian Little

North Ireland Assembly election count at Lisburn Leisure Centre - South Down Constituency. Margaret Ritchie, SDLP leader after being elected

North Ireland Assembly election count at Lisburn Leisure Centre - South Down Constituency. Margaret Ritchie, SDLP leader after being elected

Pol Callaghan (SDLP) who was one of the Foyle MLAs standing for re-election  at yesterday's count in LIsneal College

Pol Callaghan (SDLP) who was one of the Foyle MLAs standing for re-election at yesterday's count in LIsneal College

Martin McKeown

Alliance leader David Ford celebrating with his wife Anne and kids after being elected for South Antrim on the second count at Valley Leisure Centre

Alliance leader David Ford celebrating with his wife Anne and kids after being elected for South Antrim on the second count at Valley Leisure Centre

DUP's Michelle McIlveen who won a seat in the Strangford election at the count in Newtownards Leisure Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections.

DUP's Michelle McIlveen who won a seat in the Strangford election at the count in Newtownards Leisure Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections.

Gregory Campbell celebrates with his wife Frances and party workers after he was reelected to the Northern Ireland Assembly

Gregory Campbell celebrates with his wife Frances and party workers after he was reelected to the Northern Ireland Assembly

Martin McKeown

DUP Sammy Wilson happy with how the East Antrim counting is going  in the Valley Leisure Centre for the Assembley election count.

DUP Sammy Wilson happy with how the East Antrim counting is going in the Valley Leisure Centre for the Assembley election count.

East Londonderry MLA George Robinson (DUP)  at yesterdays count in LIsneal College. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 6.5.11

East Londonderry MLA George Robinson (DUP) at yesterdays count in LIsneal College. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 6.5.11

Martin McKeown

Eamonn McCann

Eamonn McCann

Martin McKeown

Pol Callaghan (SDLP) who was one of the Foyle MLA's standing for re-election  at yesterdays count in LIsneal College. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 6.5.11

Pol Callaghan (SDLP) who was one of the Foyle MLA's standing for re-election at yesterdays count in LIsneal College. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 6.5.11

Martin McKeown

PACEMAKER BELFAST   6/5/2011DUP Nelson McCausland  as the ballot boxes are opened for counting in the Valley Leisure Centre for the North Belfast Assembley election count in the Northern Ireland Assembely.Photo Colm O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 6/5/2011DUP Nelson McCausland as the ballot boxes are opened for counting in the Valley Leisure Centre for the North Belfast Assembley election count in the Northern Ireland Assembely.Photo Colm O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   6/5/2011 DUP Nigel Dodds as the ballot boxes are opened for counting in the Valley Leisure Centre for the Antrim Council election count.Photo Colm O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 6/5/2011 DUP Nigel Dodds as the ballot boxes are opened for counting in the Valley Leisure Centre for the Antrim Council election count.Photo Colm O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   6/5/2011Raymond McCord  Independent and Sinn Feins Gerry Kelly at the counting in the Valley Leisure Centre for the soth Antrim  Assembley count for the Northern Ireland Assembely election.Photo Colm O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 6/5/2011Raymond McCord Independent and Sinn Feins Gerry Kelly at the counting in the Valley Leisure Centre for the soth Antrim Assembley count for the Northern Ireland Assembely election.Photo Colm O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   6/5/2011 DUP Sammy Wilson happy with how the East Antrim counting is going  in the Valley Leisure Centre for the Assembley election count.Photo Colm O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 6/5/2011 DUP Sammy Wilson happy with how the East Antrim counting is going in the Valley Leisure Centre for the Assembley election count.Photo Colm O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   6/5/2011Stewart Dickson Alliance Party checks how the East Antrim counting is going  in the Valley Leisure Centre for the Assembley election count.Photo Colm O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 6/5/2011Stewart Dickson Alliance Party checks how the East Antrim counting is going in the Valley Leisure Centre for the Assembley election count.Photo Colm O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press

First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson arrives at the count in Newtownards Leisure Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections.

First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson arrives at the count in Newtownards Leisure Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections.

First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson, pictured with daughter Rebekah, puts on an id braclet after he was asked for id before being allowed to enter the count at Newtownards Leisure Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections

First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson, pictured with daughter Rebekah, puts on an id braclet after he was asked for id before being allowed to enter the count at Newtownards Leisure Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections

Pacemaker Press 6/5/2011 A delay at the Counts in the King's Hall for the West and South   Belfast assembly elections Pic Colm Lenaghan

Pacemaker Press 6/5/2011 A delay at the Counts in the King's Hall for the West and South Belfast assembly elections Pic Colm Lenaghan

Pacemaker Press 6/5/2011 SDLP's Alastair McDonnell with his family  at  the Counts in  the King's Hall for the South Belfast  assembly elections Pic Colm Lenaghan

Pacemaker Press 6/5/2011 SDLP's Alastair McDonnell with his family at the Counts in the King's Hall for the South Belfast assembly elections Pic Colm Lenaghan

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Left to right.  Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Pat Sheehan pictured at the Kings Hall.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Left to right. Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Pat Sheehan pictured at the Kings Hall.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Left to right.  Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams pictured at the Kings Hall.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Left to right. Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams pictured at the Kings Hall.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  The DUP's Brian Kingston at the Kings Hall.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. The DUP's Brian Kingston at the Kings Hall.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey at the Kings Hall.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey at the Kings Hall.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Alliance's Anna Lo at the Kings Hall.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Alliance's Anna Lo at the Kings Hall.

Noel McCurdy and Johnny Currie from Rathlin Island hand over The Rathlin Island Ballot boxes to  Richard Lewis Chief Executive of Moyle District Council as he brings them ashore at Ballycastle late on Thursday night, before they were were transferred to Ballymena counting centre for vertification.

Noel McCurdy and Johnny Currie from Rathlin Island hand over The Rathlin Island Ballot boxes to Richard Lewis Chief Executive of Moyle District Council as he brings them ashore at Ballycastle late on Thursday night, before they were were transferred to Ballymena counting centre for vertification.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.  Sinn Feins Alex Maskey and the DUP's Jimmy Spratt.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast. Sinn Feins Alex Maskey and the DUP's Jimmy Spratt.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Sinn Fein's Pat Sheehan pictured at the Kings Hall.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Sinn Fein's Pat Sheehan pictured at the Kings Hall.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.  The DUP's Nigel Dodds pictured at the Kings Hall.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast. The DUP's Nigel Dodds pictured at the Kings Hall.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com -  Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local  councils.  Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected.  Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland -Monday 5th May 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Counting starts at different count centers across Northern Ireland after voters went to the polls yesterday to elect new members for the Stormont Assembly and local councils. Voters are also took part in the referendum regarding the way Westminster MPs are elected. Counting starts at the Kings Hall in south Belfast.

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Assembly election May 2011: Fred Cobain election poster. Taken on the Doagh Road, Newtownabbey. Submitted by reader Bill Corr

The silence was deafening yesterday from newly-elected Ulster Unionist MLAs asked to support leader Tom Elliott’s controversial election count comments ahead of a crunch party meeting.

Nonetheless, Mr Elliott did not appear to be facing immediate pressure to stand down following his controversial labelling of a section of Sinn Fein supporters as “scum”.

The 16-strong Assembly team was expected to meet, however, without knowing whether independent unionist MLA David McClarty will rejoin the fold.

It was anticipated the UUP MLAs will swing behind Mr Elliott as leader, without supporting his comments which have drawn criticism from across the political spectrum and shocked the liberal wing of his own party.

With Mr Elliott coming under further pressure as the party sustained losses in the local government election — particularly in Belfast — the focus returned to Mr McClarty, who confirmed he was considering his position. The East Londonderry MLA, who spoke with Mr Elliott by telephone, said: “It was an amicable conversation.

“The party spent a lot of money campaigning to ensure that I wasn’t elected, but Tom was gracious enough to offer his congratulations. I will make my decision and I will make the right decision for the people who elected me. But as the election was approaching I was becoming more and more convinced that it was no longer an advantage to be in the Ulster Unionist Party.”

As Mr Elliott continued to resist calls to withdraw his remarks, Alliance said other leading UUP representatives, such as Mike Nesbitt, should make clear whether they support Mr Elliott’s remarks.

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Strangford MLA Kieran McCarthy said: “These disgraceful remarks were a throwback to Northern Ireland's past.

“Many UUP supporters are shocked at what was said and I believe that others in the UUP must tell the public whether they hold the same views as Mr Elliott.

“These nasty comments show the true colours of the UUP leader and I believe the party needs to immediately clarify whether they back his views or not.

“If they do back his views, many who have given the UUP their vote could abandon the party.”

Mr Nesbitt said he was not questioning the leadership of Mr Elliott and had travelled “the length and breadth” of Northern Ireland with him over the last 18 months.

He said he knew his party leader as a man who wanted a province at peace with itself.

His colleague Danny Kinahan said Mr Elliott was a man who wants Stormont to work, although he would not have used the language the UUP boss did at the Omagh |count.


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