In Lagan Valley we fought a good clean honest campaign, a grass roots campaign.
Our vote across Northern Ireland and in Lagan Valley reached its low point in 2007 (18.6% in Lagan Valley).
In this election we have improved on that result locally (21.1%) and across Northern Ireland. (The NI figures can’t be compared yet because we still await Fermanagh and South Tyrone.)
My selection process was only completed in February. I was a new candidate, up against an incumbent who had been there for years. Jeffrey’s majority is greatly reduced.
I believe we have turned the corner, and can look forward to building on this result for the future.
I had a great team of campaigners, and I thank each and every one of them.
One last comment this morning – nearly 29,000 electors didn’t vote in Lagan Valley at all.