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MLA goes into labour at ABC Council election count in Banbridge

Carla Lockhart Southern Trust

It was a dramatic 24 hours in Banbridge as another election count came and went.

And it was a day where we bid farewell so some old faces; a case of out with the old and in with the new.

But for Carla Lockhart, it was in with the new – quite literally!

The DUP MLA was in Banbridge supporting her party colleagues when she went into labour, prompting a swift exit and speedy jaunt down to Craigavon Area Hospital.

Ms Lockhart gave birth to a little baby boy on Friday evening.

Sharing the news on Twitter last night, she said: “So my day yesterday got very interesting … at the ABC Count in Banbridge my little bundle decided it was time to make an entry.

“Left at lunch time for a speedy journey to Craigavon Area Hospital and at 8.15pm Charlie was born weighing a tiny 6lb 3oz.

In May 2017, in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Ms Lockhart spoke of the pain and “turmoil” of two miscarriages.

She said it was her desire to to help improve services for women who experienced a miscarriage.

So this is where our election agent disappeared too yesterday ????????Many congratulations to you and Rodney, Charlie is just perfect ????

Posted by Margaret Tinsley on Saturday, 4 May 2019

Congratulations to mum, baby and whole family.

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