Michael and Naomi Long
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Naomi Long: 'Alliance meltdown hasn't come'

Michael Long, the husband of East Belfast Alliance MP Naomi Long, has topped the poll in the Lisnasharragh ward for Belfast City Council.

Mr Long polled 1,726 first preference votes.

There were fears that the fall-out from the union flag protests could have affected his vote.

Naomi Long said that "people had predicted a meltdown for the Alliance Party, that meltdown hasn't come".