- Dec 19, 2012
To some extent that EU election has to be looked at in isolation, personally I looked at it as purely an opportunity to express a view on the EU relationship and therefore gave Colm Eastwood my 2nd preference. I'm sure there are plenty of others who adopted a similar attitude in choosing to come across to giving Alliance their 1st preference. This is the big fear from the DUP perspective, that if they were to wipe out/merge with the UUP then a sizeable chunk of it's voters would move to Alliance.I saw that. I think he probably has a point. Naomi received 18.5% of the 1st preference vote in the European election. Her party received 11.5% of the f.p. vote in the council elections at the beginning of the month. Undoubtedly a lot of Remain unionists voted for her. However converting that personal vote into votes for the party will not be that easy. Nevertheless the progress that Alliance has made under her leadership is stunning.