Northern Ireland local elections: smaller parties make gains

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‘Overwhelming’ success shows move away from them-and-us politics says Green party leader

Northern Ireland wants to move away from “them-and-us” politics, the leader of the Greens said after her party made significant gains in the local elections. The party won four seats on Belfast city council, including holding one gained in 2014. The centrist Alliance party also made gains in Belfast, going from eight to 10 seats.

The Green party leader, Clare Bailey, said she felt “overwhelmed” by the success. “People have really come out and supported us, they have shown us by their vote that they really want to make the change and our conversations at the door have really resonated; climate change and climate chaos right at the front of the arguments,” she said.

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