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Six runners line up for North Antrim poll

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Six runners line up for North Antrim poll thumbnailNorth Antrim SDLP candidate, Declan O’Loan, hands in his nomination papers to Deputy Returning Officer, Rae Kirk, watched by Election Agent, Eugene Reid. GB20203

NORTH Antrim's 77,000 voters will have six candidates to choose from when they go to the polls in the General Election on June 8 - three fewer than two years ago.
When nominations closed last Thursday the six parties that secured most votes in 2015 had put nominees forward.
UKIP and the Conservatives have opted out this time round and there are no independents.
The £500 deposit, which is forfeited unless a fixed slice of the valid vote is achieved, may have put smaller parties off.
The outgoing MP, Ian Paisley, who had an 11,546 majority at the last election and has been MP since succeeding his late father, Lord Bannside, in 2010, is defending his seat.
He is again being challenged by the TUV's Timothy Gaston who finished seconded last time with 6,561 votes.
Also in the field is Ulster Unionist candidate and political newcomer, Jackson Minford, who hails from a family steeped in Ulster politics.
His late father, Nat, was the first Speaker of the Assembly when devolution was briefly restored in 1973 and he will be hoping to improve on the 5,054 votes party leader and North Antrim MLA, Robn Swann, obtained in 2015.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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