One of Northern Ireland’s most prominent politicians has quit after losing his seat in parliament. David Trimble resigned as the leader of the Ulster Unionst Party in response to his disasterous election result.
His party was hammered at the polls by the more hardline Democratic Unionist Party led by Ian Paisley. Trimble was one of the architects of the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement and received the Nobel prize for his efforts. But it is clear that voters on both sides of the sectarian divide have shifted away from moderate voices in recent years. Analysts believe that with the days of violence in the past, the hardline DUP and Republicans Sinn Fein have gained appeal by promising change on a grassroots level.