Unionist MPs in the minority for first time as moderates make strides

Sinn Féin and the DUP’s share of the vote dropped as the Alliance Party and SDLP appear to capitalise on frustration with Stormont deadlock

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
13th December, 2019
Unionist MPs in the minority for first time as moderates make strides
John Finucane of Sinn Féin celebrates his victory in North Belfast with party leader Mary Lou McDonald and deputy leader Michelle O’Neill. Picture: Getty

Northern Irish unionism has been left reeling after a Westminster election that returned more nationalist MPs than unionists for the first time.

The most symbolic result came in North Belfast, where John Finucane of Sinn Féin unseated Nigel Dodds, the DUP’s Westminster leader, to leave the constituency without a unionist MP for the first time since partition.

The DUP had...

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