Published Saturday, 24 May 2014
Jim Allister was pleased with his party's performance. (© UTV)
Timothy Gaston topped the poll for the TUV, while in other wards within the Mid and East Antrim super council, the party's Stewart McDonald, Donna Anderson, Brian Collins and Ruth Wilson were also elected.
"It's good news," Mr Allister said.
"Bannside, of course, is a seminal area in terms of the political history of Northern Ireland and to top the poll and to be the second unionist there as well is quite phenomenal.
"I think it indicates that increasingly the TUV is being recognised, not just as a voice that can be relied upon in traditional unionism, but as a voice that can deliver."
THE DUP's Sammy Wilson hit back, saying: "When you've got someone who has the luxury of being in opposition, of not having to take responsibility for the hard decisions that have to be made, then of course you're going to get that kind of populist opportunity."
Meanwhile, the TUV also saw the election of its first Belfast councillor with Jolene Bunting in the Court district electoral area.
Across Northern Ireland, Jim Allister's party saw a total of 13 councillors returned.
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