Belfast Telegraph

MP Conor McGinn delivers daughter on living room floor

Joanne Sweeney

South Armagh-born MP Conor McGinn got a crash course in the real meaning of the word labour when he delivered his baby daughter on his living room floor.

The 32-year-old was talked through the process by a 999 call handler when wife Kate went into Labour on Friday evening.

The couple's second baby Neasa Constance decided to arrive ahead of the ambulance so McGinn had to step into the breach and help with the delivery.

"Neasa is healthy and content and we feel very lucky and happy to have her," Mr McGinn said on a Facebook post announcing her swift arrival.

The Labour MP for St Helens North added: "Dad is only slightly traumatised after delivering the baby on the living room floor when she decided to arrive a bit quicker than expected... so quickly in fact that she beat the ambulance to it, meaning I had to have a crash course in midwifery over the phone with a 999 call handler!

Those "Labour delivers all year round" leaflets will take on a new meaning in St Helens."

Alliance leader Naomi Long was one of the first to congratulate the politician on his good news, posting on Facebook: "Congratulations, Conor! Wonderful news. Every best wish to you all."

Neasa Constance is the couple's second child and little sister to their son.  They married in 2009.

Elected in 2015, the politician was a Labour party whip before standing down earlier this year.

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