Belfast West: SDLP stalwart fails to make the cut
Sinn Féin reasserts its dominance in the constituency in North’s Assembly election
SDLP member Alex Attwood prepares to make a concession speech after failing to be elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, in Belfast, Co Antrim. Photograph: Paul McErlane/AFP/Getty Images
After People Before Profit (PBP) topped the poll in the constituency in the last Assembly election in 2016, Sinn Féin’s Órlaithí Flynn secured the top spot this time.
Following her election, Ms Flynn said a “step change” was needed at Stormont.
“There can be no return to the status quo,” she said.
Mr Attwood, who has been an MLA since 1998, delivered an emotional speech after he was knocked out of the contest.
“I feel I have let the SDLP down,” he said. “I feel I have let the people of west Belfast down.”