No change in Newry/Armagh while SF unseat SDLP in South Down
The newly re-elected MP for Newry and Armagh, Mickey Brady, was emphatically returned to the seat in Thursday’s general election, topping the poll with 25,666 votes.
Representing his party’s best ever return for a candidate in the constituency, Mr Brady increased his share of the vote by seven per cent and polled almost twice as much as his nearest rival, the DUP’s William Irwin on 13,177.
SDLP candidate Justin McNulty tallied 9,055, a loss of more than seven per cent on 2015’s result. His defeat was compounded with that of his party colleague, Margaret Ritchie in the neighbouring constituency of South Down who was unseated by Sinn Fein’s Chris Hazzard with 20,328 votes. Mr Hazzard is the first Sinn Fein MP for the area and his defeat of Margaret Ritchie, who has held the seat since 2010, represents a huge victory for his party.
The remaining Newry and Armagh candidates Sam Nicholson UUP and Alliance Jackie Coade polled 4,425 and 1256 respectively.