Sinn Fein's Adams says will not take up seats in Britain's parliament

Sinn Fein's Adams says will not take up seats in Britain's parliament

The SDLP and UUP, the two parties who together forged the Good Friday Agreement and for decades held the pre-eminent positions in the north, are now without a single MP between them.

Beaten candidate Mark Durkan apologised to Mr Hume in an emotional speech but insisted the party still had a future. Emma Little Pengelly looked likely to take the South Belfast seat from Alasdair McDonnell of the nationalist SDLP.

Sinn Féin's leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O'Neill has said her party can be effective without taking seats at Westminster.

Arlene Foster has already said that the "DUP could work with the Conservatives".

"This election has been fought on the issue of Brexit - people are concerned about it, so people want us to take a stand".

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History shows that "alliances between Ulster unionism and British unionism have always ended in tears", Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams has warned, after it emerged the Democratic Unionist Party will support the Conservatives.

The SDLP was in danger of losing all its seats at Westminster, including Margaret Ritchie in South Down, where Sinn Féin's Chris Hazard has mounted a very serious challenge.

However Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - who comfortably retained his constituency of Islington North says Theresa May should be stepping down.

"I don't know how Theresa May can survive this, that's a matter for her party, of course", he said.

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