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Alliance's Naomi Long   during  A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast. Pic Pacemaker

Alliance's Naomi Long during A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast. Pic Pacemaker

Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill  during  A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast. Photo: Pacemaker

Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill during A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast. Photo: Pacemaker

DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds (left) and Ulster Unionist Leader Robin Swan at UTV Studios at Havlock House in Belfast for the Westminster Election Debate. PA

DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds (left) and Ulster Unionist Leader Robin Swan at UTV Studios at Havlock House in Belfast for the Westminster Election Debate. PA

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Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill (left) and  SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood at UTV Studios at Havlock House in Belfast for the Westminster Election Debate. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 5, 2017. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill (left) and SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood at UTV Studios at Havlock House in Belfast for the Westminster Election Debate. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 5, 2017. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill and Ulster Unionist Leader Robin Swan at UTV Studios at Havlock House in Belfast for the Westminster Election Debate. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 5, 2017. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill and Ulster Unionist Leader Robin Swan at UTV Studios at Havlock House in Belfast for the Westminster Election Debate. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 5, 2017. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds (left) and Ulster Unionist Leader Robin Swan at UTV Studios at Havlock House in Belfast for the Westminster Election Debate. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 5, 2017. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds (left) and Ulster Unionist Leader Robin Swan at UTV Studios at Havlock House in Belfast for the Westminster Election Debate. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 5, 2017. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Alliance Leader Naomi Long and DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds at UTV Studios at Havlock House in Belfast for the Westminster Election Debate. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 5, 2017. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Alliance Leader Naomi Long and DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds at UTV Studios at Havlock House in Belfast for the Westminster Election Debate. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 5, 2017. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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UUP's Robin Swann   during  A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast.
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Pacemaker Press 5/6/17 UUP's Robin Swann during A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast. Pic Pacemaker

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SDLP's Colum Eastwood   during  A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast.
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Pacemaker Press 5/6/17 SDLP's Colum Eastwood during A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast. Pic Pacemaker

Nigel Dodds (Deputy Leader of DUP) during  A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast. Photo: Pacemaker

Nigel Dodds (Deputy Leader of DUP) during A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast. Photo: Pacemaker

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Nigel Dodds (Deputy Leader of DUP) during  A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast.
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Pacemaker Press 5/6/17 Nigel Dodds (Deputy Leader of DUP) during A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast. Pic Pacemaker

UTV Presenter Marc Mallett with Naomi Long (Alliance), Nigel Dodds (Deputy Leader of DUP) , Robin Swann (UUP) Michelle O'Neill (Sinn Fein) and Colun Eastwood (SDLP) during  A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast. Pic Pacemaker

UTV Presenter Marc Mallett with Naomi Long (Alliance), Nigel Dodds (Deputy Leader of DUP) , Robin Swann (UUP) Michelle O'Neill (Sinn Fein) and Colun Eastwood (SDLP) during A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast. Pic Pacemaker

Alliance's Naomi Long during A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast. Pic Pacemaker

Naomi Long has insisted there is nothing wrong with her health after she took ill during a television debate.

Recording of the UTV election debate involving Northern Ireland's five main parties had to be paused when the Alliance leader suddenly stopped talking and appeared to steady herself on the podium.

She then walked to the side of the stage and sat down on a chair.

Recording resumed around five minutes later when Mrs Long returned to her podium to continue the debate.

Later she said she was feeling much better and put it down to the heat in the studio and to "some pressure".

"I had a lot to deal with over the weekend. I felt faint.

"It was the heat in the studio and some pressure.

"I thought it was better to sit down than fall down. I'm feeling better now," she said.

Belfast Telegraph