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By spoonman
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Bad night all round for the DUP, either losing seats or seeing majorities in even safe seats getting significantly slashed - only Flegory Campbell in East L/Derry gained a marginal increase in his majority.

Sinn Fein manage to hold on to South Down, Mid Ulster & West Belfast. DUP retain South Antrim, East Belfast and East Antrim.

Claire Hanna (SDLP) absolutely romps home in South Belfast, dethroning the DUP's Emma Little-Pengelly whom won in 2017 by around 1500 votes, but this time finished second by more than 15,400 behind!

Fermanagh & South Tyrone has gone to a recount - word is that Michelle Gildernew (SF) was holding on by just 20 to 30 votes. Back in 2010, Gildernew won the same seat by just four votes.

DUP seemingly making co-ordinated calls to get Stormont back up and running, meanwhile Arlene Foster is delivering some of their Greatest Hits, blaming their performance on a "pan-nationalist front"! :lol:
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By spoonman
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Jaysus, Sinn Fein have been destroyed in Derry City! Colum Eastwood, the SDLP leader, has retaken the Foyle seat for the party with a majority of over 17,000!

Other than gaining the scalp of North Belfast and dethroning Nigel Dodds, Sinn Fein haven't had exactly had a great night either - notable swings to the SDLP and Alliance across the board in Northern Ireland.

Edit: Just seen it mentioned that Eastwood's margin of victory is bigger than anything John Hume achieved in a Westminster election for the same constituency. Two and a half years ago, after losing their three Westminster seats it looked like the SDLP were going from slow terminal decline to being put on a death watch, and while Hanna's thumping win can in some ways be attributed to SF & NI Greens giving her a clear run (SF in exchange for a North Belfast quid pro quo), Eastwood had no such pacts in place with anyone. This is the first time in a long time I can recall a significant win for the SDLP over Sinn Fein where they didn't just halt their decline, but just booted the Shinners out of the gate.
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By spoonman
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A significant night in Belfast, for the first time non-unionist parties hold a majority of seats in the city, holding only East Belfast and even there, the DUP majority over Alliance has gone down from just under 8500 in 2017, to just over 1800.
 
By Arrowhead
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youngian wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:24 am
The DUP weren’t bit part players in Brexit now there’ve been screwed by their own zealotry and stupidity. Plenty of Brexiters will follow the DUP and ask what the fuck was that all for?
I'll never understand the DUP's hardline stance on Brexit. If their number one priority is the preservation of the Union, then why on earth so vigorously support a policy that places it at so much risk? Utterly baffling.
 
By youngian
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DUP politicians certainly have street smarts but they are not great intellectual thinkers of our age.

Paisley paid a prominent role for leave in the 1975 referendum. It was an existential issue tied up with his anti-papist bigotry. I seem to recall the Pope attended the original signing of the Treaty of Rome where leaders kissed his hand. You get the picture.
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By bluebellnutter
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Almost like they were paid off in both 2016 and 2017 to keep schtum. Maybe they'll release the identity of that mysterious donation now?
 
By Bones McCoy
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Arrowhead wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:29 pm
youngian wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:24 am
The DUP weren’t bit part players in Brexit now there’ve been screwed by their own zealotry and stupidity. Plenty of Brexiters will follow the DUP and ask what the fuck was that all for?
I'll never understand the DUP's hardline stance on Brexit. If their number one priority is the preservation of the Union, then why on earth so vigorously support a policy that places it at so much risk? Utterly baffling.
Treaty of ROME, innit
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By Bones McCoy
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bluebellnutter wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:49 pm
Almost like they were paid off in both 2016 and 2017 to keep schtum. Maybe they'll release the identity of that mysterious donation now?
The money was resting in ........






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