Jonathan Buckley standing in Lagan Valley for the Democratic Unionist Party

DUP leader Gavin Robinson has today announced that Jonathan Buckley MLA will stand for his party in Lagan Valley. A seat held by Jeffrey Donaldson since 1997, it's a seat the DUP will want to retain, but Alliance are close behind, and the UUP are confident too.

DUP leader Gavin Robinson MP has today announced that Jonathan Buckley will be their candidate in Lagan Valley for the upcoming general election.

The seat that has been held by former DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson since 1997 is now up for grabs after he announced he will not stand after being charged with historical sex offences earlier this year. It is widely recognised that he had a significant personal vote, the seat stayed his when he moved from the UUP to the DUP.

There was speculation that either Emma Little-Pengelly or Paul Givan could stand in Lagan Valley, but both are ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive and have decided not to stand.

In 2019, the DUP retained Lagan Valley, but Alliance’s Sorcha Eastwood narrowed the majority, with the seat seeing a swing of over 17% to the Alliance Party.

Alliance will have their eyes on the Lagan Valley seat, with Sorcha Eastwood hoping she can take the seat from the DUP.

The Ulster Unionists are also confident, with their deputy leader Robbie Butler standing.

The DUP leader was eager to point out today that as part of the new constituency boundaries, almost 7,000 voters who were in Upper Bann before, are now in Lagan Valley. Buckley has been an MLA in Upper Bann since 2017.

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