The SDLP’s Dolores Kelly spoke of her plans for the future after losing her Upper Bann seat today.
The veteran politician lost out after a lengthy two-day count in Banbridge.
She said she is still in the constituency and still a member of the SDLP.
“I have a lot of experience behind me and I hope to put that to good use in the future,” she said as she emerged from the count hall.
She admitted it had been a nail-biting ride as transfer votes became critical in the final day of the count.
She said she would take a ‘well-earned few days off’.
She plans to spend time with her family and grandchildren.