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