“I am hugely proud of what Alliance has achieved,” celebration chief Naomi Long mentioned on the Titanic Exhibition Centre after the East Belfast depend concluded on Saturday night within the Northern Ireland Assembly elections.
In phrases of constituency illustration there was no change on the 2017 Assembly outcomes – two Alliance, two DUP and one Ulster Unionist – however so far as Ms Long is anxious general it is a momentous election for her celebration, with its illustration so way over doubled to 17 seats.
There was no triumphalism in her speech, nonetheless. Instead, Ms Long thanked all of the individuals who wanted to be thanked, together with the depend employees and her husband Michael, a Belfast councillor, and he or she once more devoted her win to her father-in-law Adrian Long, who died throughout the marketing campaign.
“I will not let you down,” she pledged.
Joining her in East Belfast is colleague Peter McReynolds, who was elected on the ninth depend. He spoke of the challenges forward and of how, regardless of the present political uncertainty over whether or not the Executive and Assembly will probably be revived, that politicians must be “working and legislating together” at Stormont.
The DUP additionally held its two seats. First dwelling for the celebration is outgoing MLA Joanne Bunting, and becoming a member of her is new MLA David Brooks, a Belfast City Councillor.
It was all very cordial and collegial because the 5 made their acceptance speeches. They pledged to work collectively for the folks of East Belfast.
While in different constituencies there have been accusations of posters being torn down and a few candidates being intimidated in East Belfast, based on the DUP’s Ms Bunting it was a “clean campaign, it was a nice campaign, it was a fair campaign”.