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Engineer loses seat as two others fail to make Parliament

It is a sad day for the engineers who ran for Parliament, with all three of those profiled by NCE defeated.

Former structural engineer Naomi Long, defending the seat she won in 2010 for the Alliance party in Belfast East, was narrowly defeated by the Democratic Union Party’s (DUP) Gavin Robinson.

Long won 43% of the vote compared to Robinson’s 49%.

Conservative runner Isobel Grant was also pipped to the post as Labour held strong in the Bristol South constituency.

Grant, who worked on the 2012 Olympics and Crossrail projects, secured 24% of the vote but came second to Karin Smyth’s 38%.

But the biggest defeat was reserved for Tony Hughes, the Liberal Democrat runner in Rutherglen & Hamilton West.

The former Taylor Woodrow man scooped up just 2% of the vote - behind the UKIP candidate - as the Scottish National Party’s Margaret Ferrier took the seat in Parliament.

Readers' comments (1)

  • but there were successes, Alan Brown won the Kilmarnock & Loundoun seat for the SNP

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