Unionists celebrate increased share with 'unity vote'

Unionists are celebrating winning an increased share of the vote in Mid Ulster, Nigel Lutton, who ran as a "unity" candidate between the two major unionist parties: the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP).

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Tonight Nigel Lutton secured the highest General Election unionist %of vote in Mid Ulster since William McCrea was defeated in 1997

First Minister of Northern Ireland and leader of the DUP tweeted his congratulations.

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Fantastic unionist vote in Mid Ulster. Well done Nigel. It demonstrates that a united unionist candidate can increase the unionist vote.

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