TUV result in Bannside 'phenomenal'

Published Saturday, 24 May 2014
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TUV leader Jim Allister has hailed the party's results in Bannside, the area which gave Ian Paisley his peerage title, as "phenomenal".

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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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22 Comments
Dee in Newtownabbey wrote (58 days ago):
Paul in Larne let me state 2 things to you - Sinn Fein are not terrorists and never were. And secondly were Jim Allister's predecessors in political unionism who ran this place, or mis-ran rather, for 50 years not the real terrorists? I, for one ,know who terrorised my community and it wasn't Adams & McGuinness. It was Messrs Carson & Craig.
G-Man in N.Ireland wrote (58 days ago):
Hang on a minute. These people are a real political party???? I thought they were comedians playing the part of a bigot.
Jim in Carricfergus wrote (59 days ago):
Its what happens to the voters of alliance and sdlp who dwell in no man's land the main parties need to worry about
Richard in Banbridge wrote (59 days ago):
Total narrow minded bigot. A step back. Peace process must hold.
Michael Monaghan in Belfast wrote (59 days ago):
Sinn FeIn needs to be in government - 150,000 more first preference votes in north of ireland cannot be ignored ... Biggest party in both belfast,derry, dublin and cork what an achievement ;-)
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