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Last Updated: Friday, 6 May, 2005, 17:53 GMT 18:53 UK
Hermon holds North Down for UUP
Lady Sylvia Hermon holds onto North Down for the UUP
The Ulster Unionists have held North Down with Lady Sylvia Hermon taking 16,268 votes.

Peter Weir of the DUP took 11,324 votes and in third place was the Alliance Party's David Alderdice on 2,451 votes.

Lady Hermon has held North Down since 2001 when she unseated the UKUP leader Bob McCartney, polling over 7,000 votes more than him.

Mr McCartney had thrown his support behind the DUP in this election as he bowed out of the Westminster race.

Lady Hermon said it had been a "wonderful victory".

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Referring to a one-time UK Unionist MP, she said: "Isn't it nice not to have a long goodbye from Bob McCartney.

"It's also very nice to take the smiles off the faces of Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson et al."

Lady Hermon is the wife of the former RUC chief constable, Sir Jack Hermon.

Although she has a low media profile because of a reluctance to conduct many media interviews, Lady Hermon is known as diligent MP.

Her attendance has been high at Westminster and she has been voted backbencher of the year in the commons.



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