04 May 2018
Speaking after the West Tyrone election count DUP MLA Tom Buchanan said,
“The people of West Tyrone have spoken and I respect their decision. I am extremely disappointed however that the constituency will continue to be unrepresented in Parliament. Whilst West Tyrone has an MP it does not have one who is prepared to do the full job expected of them.
The election has been marred by some serious allegations of interference in the democratic process. These must be investigated fully and there should also be a proper discussion about reform of the electoral process.
I am pleased that the gap between Sinn Fein and the DUP in the constituency has been narrowed from the last election. The DUP is clearly the voice of unionism in West Tyrone and this result represents the second highest vote share ever for the party. I thank all those who supported me during this campaign and pledge to continue working to represent everyone right across the constituency and to keep delivering for West Tyrone."