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New look as Northern Ireland's MPs get fresh portraits

Northern Ireland's MPs have got a fresh new look after taking part in a photoshoot aimed at showing the "human side" of Parliament.

Over 15,000 individual images were shot following the swearing-in ceremony after the snap General Election, with 90% of MPs photographed during the first round.

Unveiled this week, nine portraits of Northern Irish MPs have been posted to the Parliament.uk website, with the absentees being the DUP's Gregory Campbell and Jim Shannon, as well as all seven Sinn Fein MPs.

Photographs of most of the 650 MPs were taken over a two-day period, and there are plans to hold a second sitting for those who missed out.

Sinn Fein could not be reached at the present time to confirm whether they would be participating this time around.

Writing about the photographs, the Parliamentary Digital Service's editor-in-chief Carrie Barcley said that their purpose was to "give greater emphasis to the human side of this big beast called Parliament".

Renowned editorial portrait photographer Chris McAndrew has previously had clients that range from Snoop Dogg to the likes of Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart.

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