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Laura the daughter of new incoming  DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson and Philip the son of UUP’s Danny Kennedy celebrated their big day with family members in Dromore Co Down. Credit:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Laura the daughter of new incoming DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson and Philip the son of UUP’s Danny Kennedy celebrated their big day with family members in Dromore Co Down. Credit: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Laura the daughter of new incoming DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson and Philip the son of UUP’s Danny Kennedy celebrated their big day with family members in Dromore Co Down. Credit: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A political marriage usually means two parties deciding to form a pact for mutual electoral advantage. It is a marriage of convenience which does not necessarily involve any affection for each other.

However, that was not the case yesterday when the children of two experienced and well known Northern Ireland politicians decided to tie the knot. Philip Kennedy, son of the chairman of the Ulster Unionist Party and formerly a long-serving MLA Danny Kennedy, married Laura, daughter of the new leader of the DUP, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, who before his defection to the biggest unionist party had been a long-time colleague of Mr Kennedy.


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