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May the 4th be with Sinn Fein?

Published 01/05/2015

North Belfast candidate Gerry Kelly urges a Star Wars Stormtrooper to back him on May 7 (Sinn Fein/PA)
North Belfast candidate Gerry Kelly urges a Star Wars Stormtrooper to back him on May 7 (Sinn Fein/PA)
North Belfast Sinn Fein candidate Gerry Kelly appears to have the backing of a Star Wars Stormtrooper in a new election campaign video

Sinn Fein has secured the unlikely backing of the "imperial forces" if the party's new light-hearted election broadcast is to be believed.

In the intergalactic themed skit, North Belfast candidate Gerry Kelly convinces a Star Wars Stormtrooper to back him on May 7.

In full uniform and speaking with a voice box, the undecided constituent and deadpan Mr Kelly discuss the election campaign on the doorstep.

The YouTube broadcast was created with "May the 4th" in mind - a date designated as an unofficial Star Wars holiday by ardent fans of the movies, due to it sounding like the oft-repeated quote "May the force be with you".

The broadcast ends with the Stormtrooper sending the veteran republican on his way with the same line.

An apparently confused Mr Kelly replies: "No, it's May the 7th, not May the 4th - May the 7th is the election."

Mr Kelly is running against outgoing Democratic Unionist MP Nigel Dodds, the SDLP's Alban Maginness, Alliance's Jason O'Neill, Gemma Weir from the Workers Party, and independent Fra Hughes.

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