DUP’s Nigel Dodds LOSES his seat on stunning night of election shocks


DUP Nigel Dodds has LOST his seat in a stunning night of election upsets.

The DUP Westminster leader – whose party propped up Theresa May’s doomed administration – waved goodbye to his Belfast North seat.

The DUP Westminster leader – whose party propped up Theresa May’s doomed administration – waved goodbye to his Belfast North seat
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The new MP will be Sinn Fein’s John Finucane

DUP leader Arlene Foster said: “I am very disappointed, not just for North Belfast, but for Northern Ireland that they’re losing such a great advocate in Nigel Dodds.

In October, Dodds accused Boris of being “dishonest” over his claim that there would be no checks between Northern Ireland Great Britain under his deal.

It came on a night where Boris Johnson swept all before him to consign Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-left cabal to the history books.

The expected results mean Britain’s political chaos could finally be over, leaving Boris with the numbers to finally push his Brexit deal through Parliament in just weeks.


Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn is facing deafening calls to finally quit as Labour leader after failing to win a second general election in a row – and taking the party to its worst result in 40 years.

The party was predicted to lose 71 seats from its 2017 results, and Labour big beasts are piling in to attack the leader.

The exit polls put Britain on course for the biggest Tory win since 1987 – where they got a 102 seat majority under Margaret Thatcher.

Exit polls, which almost always correctly predict the outcome of general elections and are known to be accurate, put Labour on course for just 191 seats.

Prime Minister Mr Johnson, who gambled his premiership by triggering the vote, has sought to focus on his pledge to “get Brexit done” throughout the campaign.

Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign has been overshadowed by anti-Semitism allegations and his refusal to take a stand on Brexit.

Voters had braved freezing temperatures throughout the day to line up outside community halls, churches and schools to have their say – and risked being a touch late for work.

Astonishing pictures of snaking queues came despite initial fears of a low turnout in the first December election in nearly 100 years.

The third General Election in less than five years has been largely dominated by the 2016 vote to leave the European Union – with Labour pledging to give voters another say in a second referendum, while the Tories have vowed to take the UK out of the EU next month.

The last election in the UK in 2017 saw a 68.8 per cent turnout, higher than at the 2015 and 2010 elections – with bookies offering 6-4 odds on a 65-70 per cent turnout this year.


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