Assembly election 2016: South Antrim count complete as Clarke and Aiken elected

UUP man Steve Aiken (second from right) with his wife Beth and members of his election team.
UUP man Steve Aiken (second from right) with his wife Beth and members of his election team.

The final seats have been claimed in South Antrim, with the DUP’s Trevor Clarke and Steven Aiken of the UUP elected.

UUP man Paul Michael, who questioned the wisdom of his party’s tactics in fielding three candidates, was eliminated at round seven of the count.

That means that all six seats in the constituency have been filled.

Mr Aiken, a former Royal Navy submarine commander, described it as “an immense privilege” to have been elected by the people of South Antrim and vowed to work hard for everyone in the constituency, “regardless of race, religion, gender or background.”

Mr Clarke paid tribute to his party leader for her efforts during the course of the election campaign.

“I am urging people to get behind Arlene Foster and unite behind what is again going to be the largest political party in Northern Ireland,” he said.

The six elected members are: Paul Girvan (DUP); Pam Cameron (DUP); David Ford (Alliance); Declan Kearney (Sinn Fein); Trevor Clarke (DUP) and Steven Aiken (UUP)