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Friday, 8 June, 2001, 16:58 GMT 17:58 UK
McCartney ousted from North Down
Lady Sylvia Hermon pictured with husband  Sir John at the count
Lady Sylvia Hermon pictured at the count
The Ulster Unionist Party's Lady Sylvia Hermon has unseated Bob McCartney of the United Kingdom Unionist Party in the constituency of North Down.

Mrs Hermon, who is pro-Agreement, had a majority of about 7,000 over Mr McCartney.

She polled 20,8333 votes to Mr McCartney's 13,509 votes.

North Down result

  • Lady Sylvia Hermon UUP 20,833
  • Bob McCartney UKUP 13,509
  • Marietta Farrell SDLP 1275
  • Eamon McConvey SF313
  • Julian Robertson Conservative 815
  • Chris Carter UIV 444

    Lady Sylvia replaced the initial Ulster Unionist Party candidate Peter Weir who is fiercely opposed to the Good Friday Agreement.

    Mr Weir was suspended from the party earlier this year because he was accused of consistently voting against the party line in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

    The Alliance Party's Stephen Farry stood aside in the constituency and the party urged Alliance supporters to vote for Lady Sylvia.

    After her victory, Lady Sylvia said she was enormously proud of being elected in North Down.

    "I said at the very beginning of this campaign that you have to fight for what you believe in," she said.

    "I believe in the Agreement and I believe in the people of North Down.

    "I will be fighting for the Agreement and I will be fighting for all of the people of North Down."

    Woman

    Lady Hermon said she would not betray the trust of people in North Down.

    She thanked those who transferred their support, those who had returned North Down to the UUP and a woman to Westminster.

    Mr McCartney first took the seat in 1995, following the death of Popular Unionist Sir James Kilfedder.

    In the 1997 general election, he had a majority of just 1,449 over Ulster Unionist Alan McFarland.

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