SDLP and UUP wiped out as Sinn Fein and DUP take 17 seats…

It was a bad night for the moderate parties as the SDLP have lost all three of its Westminster seats and the UUP lost all two of theirs.  The DUP and Sinn Fein grabbed 17 out of 18 seats with Independent Lady Sylvia Hermon being re-elected in North Down.

Charts from the BBC

Charts from the BBC

This will be a major blow for the new UUP leader Robin Swann as for the first time they lose all representation at Westminster.

The SDLP will feel particularly aggrieved losing all their seats to a party that will not even take their seats in parliament, but as Dick Tuck once  famously said: “The people have spoken, the bast*rds.”

Arlene Foster will be very happy with this result and Sinn Fein will be delighted. You have to hand it to them, both parties have powerful election machines.

If there is any comfort for the SDLP and UUP is that they seem to be the victims on a proxy vote on the national question. But as people often comment, isn’t every election in Northern Ireland a vote on the national question?

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  • Am Ghobsmacht

    I believe there’s a significant population there on account of the meat processing plants.

  • whatif1984true

    NO such thing as a wee bit pregnant.

    On the other side of the fence I don’t see a problem I dont vote SF and it means that you can see one more person does not support them. Obviously you appear not to mind that I think you support DUP and you wonder why I despair and I’m suspicious, I judge by actions not words!

  • whatif1984true

    Remarkable the difference in our perceptions and that in essence is the NI problem, two communities apart.

  • whatif1984true

    If I put my hand in the fire would you.

  • whatif1984true

    I would guess in living conditions the answer is yes but the point is really a discussion on who would put more resources into Derry London or Dublin. I guess one camp says one and the other says the other but that is simple wishful thinking. I’m a cynic and believe that both do as little as they can get away with.

  • whatif1984true

    One need only stand at a church’s gates and see that it is the grey hairs who go to mass, religion now means little compared to the 60’s/70’s. Catholicism in NI is rapidly following the sharp decline it has had in the south.

  • Robert ian Wiliams

    Any Catholic who loves their faith can now vote for a pro life anti gay marriage party.

  • MainlandUlsterman

    the decline of organised religion has to be good news for everyone

  • MainlandUlsterman

    I think the ignorance in Dublin is more dangerous, because some people there think they know N Ireland – and actually don’t. Plus many are deeply partisan yet don’t think that’s a problem. At least Westminster people generally admit to their ignorance and let N Ireland get on with its own thing – and tend to regard all of us as a bit odd.

  • MainlandUlsterman

    I’m a Labour / Lib Dem swing voter. I enthusiastically voted Lib Dem this time. In Northern Ireland if I were still there I would prefer to vote for a national party not a local one. My choice would be either Alliance or UUP. But I can understand people voting tactically to keep SF out, for example in North Belfast.

  • MainlandUlsterman

    If Protestants were to convince you they rejected what Loyalist terrorists did in the Troubles, would you urge Catholics to reciprocate and come out against what the IRA did? That would be a massive step forward – and is not I think a big ask in 2017, surely.

  • whatif1984true

    I can only speak for myself and I do reject all terrorists of all shades not just IRA and I always have, the year is irrelevant to those who despise the terrorists.

  • whatif1984true

    I agree except I see DUP as part of the problem.

  • whatif1984true

    Into every vacuum there will come something to fill it, unfortunately there is a queue of shysters always waiting.

  • MainlandUlsterman

    Yes I do too

  • MainlandUlsterman

    well said.

  • John Collins

    I was referring to the fact that Derry is the only city in the island without a substantial third level College or a major motorway to it.

  • John Collins

    He was given no chance, why was a man put forward who could only command two thirds of his vote. SF are delighted to see a DUP candidate elected there. Do you really think a substantial number of McDonald’s 11,000 plus voters will ever vote for SF after this..

  • whatif1984true

    I agree but Dublin didn’t proceed with their part of A5.

  • Skibo

    If they want a Nationalist representative, yes they will. If not then no they won’t. The idea of Nationalist representatives taking their seats at Westminster has been well and truly rejected.
    If SB had realised that the SDLP were unable to command enough support, Mairtin would have had more support.