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SDLP's Nichola Mallon gives birth to 'perfect' baby girl

SDLP MLA Nichola Mallon has given birth to a baby girl at the Mater Hospital, in Belfast.

Taking to Twitter to thank hospital staff and well-wishers on the arrival of her second child she said: "A huge thank you to the staff at the maternity unit in the Mater Hospital for helping me to deliver a perfect baby girl in the early hours this morning.

"That's 3 to 1 in our house. The hubby hasn't a chance against us girls."

Mrs Mallon has decided not to stand in the Westminster election for the North Belfast seat,  allowing Martin McAuley, a 26-year-old law graduate, to go head-to-head with DUP MP Nigel Dodds and Sinn Fein's John Finucane.

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