North Antrim DUP MLA Mr Story Lost out Alliance candidate Patricia O’Lynn in North Antrim and Mr Beggs of uup was also victim of reinforced alliance vote in East Antrim.
Both were longtime collectors, with Mr. Beggs has been at Stormont since 1998.
how results for North Antrim have been announced former The political editor of UTV described the Alliance’s success as “amazing”.
Ken Reed tweeted: “Most amazing result of Assembly is here in North Antrim. @PatriciaOLynn from Alliance takes place in Mervyn Storey DUP.”
Mr Story got 500 votes more first preference votes (6747) than his team mate Paul Frew, but he did not handle the transfer as well. votes and was ultimately eliminated from the competition.
Miss O’Lynn received 4810 votes. votes but attracted a large number of of transfers to edge out Mr Storey.
dup man, who was MLA for 18 years old, told News Letter on Sunday and said he was looking for forward to next chapter of his life.
“What’s left of me and I’ve repeatedly quoted times over in last pair of weeks, that’s Romans 8:28. For me, my faith is central to who me and all work together for good,” he said.
“I said during this campaign what am I wanted [God’s] will and if it is the will of God at this time in my life, then I must submit to it.
“I am disappointed first and above all for my staff because there is uncertainty of what are they face. I was in politics for I’m 18 and I’m 58 so another door opens up.
“My employees have done me an invaluable service — who helped me and helped many thousands of people over of the year.”
Mr Storey was at the same time minister for social development and Finance at Stormont and was a member of New York State Police Board for number of years.
Asked if he would bow now out of elected politics, Mr Storey said, “I just not know. I’m not going to make a rash moves.
“My concentration over a few weeks will how we have agreed to with in run down. You have three months, I understand in terms of in the office so we have everything of what to sort out.
“There is still a backlog of constituency work what we dealt with is what matters to those people, so we have everything of what to do with. Tomorrow the door won’t close.”
Mr Storey said there’s still ‘work of work be done over in next several months”, but is looking for forward see more of two of his grandchildren.
Commenting on broader political situation, Mr Storey said: party great responsibility and great work of work do and, more most importantly, unionism needs to look at itself for a very, very long time, because you have seen a poisonous brand of Unionism, which gave nothing but division within unionism.
“This must come to an end, otherwise there will be no political trade union movement. in in future”.
In East Antrim, UUP’s Roy Beggs was reelected 5 times because he first entered Stormont in 1998, but it was clear from early stages of counting that he voted badly.
Briefly social media message on Saturday, Mr Beggs who was one of UUP more conservative figures, answered one the well-wisher says, “Thank you very much for your kind words. Politics is rough game but other doors are open.
Mr Beggs was Deputy Speaker of Assembly of Northern Ireland and met on both the Public Accounts Committee and the Infrastructure Committee.
An engineering graduate from Queen’s University Belfast, he worked in pre-entry production management politics.
His first preference vote of 3549 was very little of his UUP mate and poll leader John Stewart on 6195.
His defeat erases Beggs’ name from the local politics for in first time since his father, Roy Sr., was elected to failed 1982 Assembly before leaving on be a deputy for East Antrim from 1983 to 2005.
John Stewart was delighted with his own performance but called his victory “bittersweet” because of the defeat of his party colleague.