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Baby news: DUP MLA Lockhart goes into labour at election count

The DUP's Carla Lockhart
The DUP's Carla Lockhart

While this weekend may be one for many to remember - or to forget - for a DUP MLA it will always been one that will live long in the memory.

Upper Bann Assembly representative Carla Lockhart shared the news of her own new arrival on Twitter on Saturday evening.

So this is where our election agent disappeared too yesterday 🤣🤣 Many congratulations to you and Rodney, Charlie is just perfect 💕

Posted by Margaret Tinsley on Saturday, May 4, 2019

The politician rushed out of the count for Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council on lunchtime on Friday after going into labour.

"My little bundle decided it was time to make an entry," she said.

"Left at lunch time for a speedy journey to Craigavon Area Hospital and at 8.15pm Charlie was born weighing a tiny 6lb 3oz."

Ms Lockhart is married to part time farmer and quantity surveyor Rodney Condell.

In May 2017 in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph she talked of how she had suffered two miscarriages. She said it was her desire to to help improve services for women who experienced a miscarriage.

"The pain and turmoil was horrendous," she said.

"It's a life experience and there are many days when that life experience is more prevalent than others. But obviously God has a different plan for me and Rodney and I have to trust in Him with regard to when and if I'm able to have a family."

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