Paisley tops poll in North Antrim

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye''Thursday 7th May 2015 - North Antrim and Mid-Ulster Counts 2015''Pictured is Ian Paisley and his wife Fiona Paisley arrive during the North Antrim and Mid-Ulster Counts at the seven towers Leisure Centre in Ballymena'''Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye''Thursday 7th May 2015 - North Antrim and Mid-Ulster Counts 2015''Pictured is Ian Paisley and his wife Fiona Paisley arrive during the North Antrim and Mid-Ulster Counts at the seven towers Leisure Centre in Ballymena'''Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Ian Paisley easily topped the poll in North Antrim to secure the Westminster seat which his late father held for decades.

Ian Paisley easily topped the poll with 18,107 votes in North Antrim to secure the Westminster seat which his late father held for decades.

It was the first election where the physical presence of the ‘big man’ was missing but his political, and spiritual legacy, was still very much in evidence as the party faithful followed North Antrim DUP tradition with the singing of the doxology shortly after the victory announcement was made.

Electorate: 75,876

Votes polled: 42,116

Turnout 55.51%

Dunlop, Jayne Alliance 2351

Freeman Carole Conservative 368

Gaston Timothy TUV 6,561

Hill Robert UKIP 1341

McKay Daithi Sinn Fein 5,143

O’Loan Declan SDLP 2,925

Paisley Ian 18,107

Palmer Thomas Ind. 57

Swann Robin UUP 5054