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General Election 2017: Northern Ireland election candidate bride Eastwood casts vote in wedding dress days after undergoing surgery for 'nasty' dog bite

By Claire Williamson

An Alliance Westminster election candidate who cast her vote in her wedding dress - spent the last few days recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery on her hand following a "nasty" dog bite.

West Belfast hopeful Sorcha Eastwood (31) was left speechless on April 18 when Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election for her big day - but she promised to make the two-minute trip from St Patrick's Church in Lisburn to Brownlee Primary School to cast her ballot.

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She has been engaged to fiancé Dale Shirlow (34) since 2009, but the couple only started making wedding plans last August.

However, she was spending the last few days before her wedding in hospital recovering from a dog bite.

She tweeted on Wednesday night: "Apologies I've been a bit quiet folks. Been in hospital for the past few days recovering from surgery on my hand after a nasty dog bite."

Alliance leader Naomi Long said on Thursday morning: "Big shout out to #WestBelfastAlliance candidate Sorcha Eastwood. Today is a big day as she is not only an election candidate but is getting married.

"After a lot of stress this week, including surgery to have a pin inserted in her finger after a really nasty dog bite, she deserves more than most, to have the best day ever."

There will be a big screen at her wedding reception in Enniskillen's Killyhevlin Hotel to broadcast the early projections later as they come in.

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