Sinn Féin retains Mid Ulster seat

Published Friday, 08 March 2013
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Sinn Féin's Francie Molloy has been elected MP for Mid Ulster after winning the by-election.

Sinn Féin retains Mid Ulster seat
Sinn Fein's Francie Molloy has been elected MP for Mid Ulster. (© Pacemaker)

A total of 37,426 people voted in the poll out of an eligible electorate of 67,192- a turnout of 55.7%.

A total of 17,462 of those votes went to Sinn Féin candidate Mr Molloy, who won with a reduced majority.

Joint unionist candidate Nigel Lutton received 12,781 votes, increasing the unionist share of the vote in the constituency.

SDLP's Patsy McGlone polled in third place with 6,478 votes followed by Alliance Party candidate Eric Bullick, who secured 487 votes.

Polling stations closed at 10pm on Thursday with a final tally counted within four hours at Cookstown Leisure Centre in the first past the post ballot.

The seat was vacated by Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness in December last year. The Mid Ulster MLA stepped down as part of a Sinn Féin move to end double-jobbing by party members.

He was MP for the area since 1997, when he defeated DUP member William McCrea and secured a 15,000 plus majority in the 2010 General Election.

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28 Comments
Claire in Belfast wrote (647 days ago):
What do you people think SF do?
Ryan in Belfast wrote (647 days ago):
lol you have to laugh at unionists, just when you thought they couldnt get funnier, now their accusng Sinn Fein of FORCING people to vote for them? Honesty, some of you people need to grow up, you really do. The mentality of "its never our fault" when unionists lose elections is pathetic, it really is, its always Sinn Fein's or SDLP's fault in some way or another for unionisms failings and nationalist gains. Its reported that 10% of all the SDLP's votes come from Protestants? And that percentage is increasing. Just goes to show how Unionist politicans are failing their own people. While SF/SDLP are always on the ground with republicans. Some unionists on here saying "why does people vote SF? they dont take their seat in westminister", thats exacty one of the reasons WHY sinn fein gets the votes it gets because its a republican party. If SF changed that policy, they would lose around 80% of their votes to other republican parties, like Republican Sinn Fein.
Tom in Dublin wrote (647 days ago):
Some of you keep talking about this country ..you don't have a country , you have a contrived artificial state that only came about from the threat of violence, the two islands or its people & culture will never be at peace until nationalist & unionists reconcile under within a one new island country.
Shen in Belfast wrote (647 days ago):
Einstein, nobody is saying that people are unable to vote for the candidate who gets the job done but the issue I have always had with SF is their unwillingness to sit at Westminster. I know the reasons for that, but I think that they should stop being a party of protest when they hold the post of deputy first minister and are the second biggest party in northern Ireland. Would your employer let you get the job and pick and choose the bits you agree to do?
David in Belfast wrote (647 days ago):
Tyrone...of course u weren't forced... it was your own free will...sure it was...yeah.
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