More complicated results than expected

Following on from the chaotic display that saw, as I understand it, ballot boxes going missing until the turn-out figures were compared with the actual votes counted.. Mid Ulster stayed in Sinn Féin hands. Turn-out was down 8.8% from 2001 (still 72.5%) but, along with the 10.7% that suddenly appeared for the UUP (they haven’t contested the constituency since 1993), the SDLP’s Patsy McGlone held his party vote solid and, indeed, saw a slight increase of 0.6% while SF Martin McGuinness’ vote dropped 3.5%. In South Down, despite a drop in turn-out of 5.4%, the SDLP’s Eddie McGrady held on to the South Down seat with 44.7% of the vote, although his party will undoubtedly be watching the 6.1% increase that SF’s Catriona Ruane achieved.