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Michael Long: 'I haven't won an argument with Naomi in 25 years'

The High Sheriff of Belfast talks to Suzanne Breen about having a political career alongside his more high profile wife, how the couple faced death threats during loyalist flag protests, and the day he ended up in A&E after collapsing at a meeting

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‘We say what we think’: Michael and Naomi Long

‘We say what we think’: Michael and Naomi Long

Michael and Naomi Long on their wedding day

Michael and Naomi Long on their wedding day

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Michael skating with his sister Alison during their childhood in Canada

Michael skating with his sister Alison during their childhood in Canada

Michael with his High Sheriff’s chain of office

Michael with his High Sheriff’s chain of office

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Prince Philip sympathised with Michael having to ‘follow the wife about shaking hands’

Prince Philip sympathised with Michael having to ‘follow the wife about shaking hands’

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‘We say what we think’: Michael and Naomi Long

Northern Ireland is chock-a-block with women standing behind their men, but it still struggles with a role for political husbands. "When Naomi became Lord Mayor of Belfast, we entered uncharted territory," recalls Michael Long.

"There was a jewelled necklace and bracelet for wives of the first citizen to wear, but the city fathers were so used to women filling the supporting role that they hadn't thought of what to do if there was a male spouse.


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