Hermon wins by 5,000

“As long as I am standing there will always be an Ulster Unionist party”. She thank all the people who voted for her, and went out of her way to apologise to the Alliance vote (and Womens’ Coalition and even SDLP voters) for the Decent People campaign. “I will serve all the people in North Down, no matter what the party. Even Peter Weir knows that he can knock on my door”. Fair amount of old fashioned heckling from the DUP from the floor.

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