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Landslide kiss!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Landslide kiss! thumbnailSealed with a kiss! Returning North Antrim DUP MP, Ian Paisley, celebrates with wife, Fiona, after his stunning election success in the early hours of Friday morning. GB2429Da

NEW North Antrim MP, Ian Paisley, said yesterday, that the DUP now had a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to wield significant influence over national politics.
Writing exclusively in the Guardian, Mr Paisley, who secured a landslide victory on Friday, also said he believed the question of a border poll had been consigned to the "dustbin" after the result.
Prime Minister, Theresa May, is relying on the DUP to prop up her minority government, but there are fears that her political dependence on Mr Paisley and his colleagues could destabilise the talks aimed at restoring devolved government.
In his article Mr Paisley said: "I warned unionists that they needed to wake up and vote for the strongest unionist candidate, because without a solid vote, Sinn Fein would up the campaign for a United Ireland border poll.
“That call for a poll has been consigned to the dustbin as a result of this magnificent vote."
He added: "Not for generations have Ulster men and women wielded so much power and influence. We must do so responsibly.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and the sleeping giant of the unionist people have spoken."
Meanwhile some of the other candidates have reacted to the result.
Sinn Fein candidate, Cara McShane, said: "I want to personally thank everyone who came out and voted for me and Sinn Féin in this election.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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