UUP man battled election nerves... and pregnancy panic

John Stewart
John Stewart

UUP newcomer to the Assembly John Stewart’s election day was nerve-wracking – for two different reasons.

He was joined at the Valley Leisure Centre counting HQ by his wife Deborah, who is seven months pregnant, and expecting a second boy.

The count finished up unusually early in the evening on Friday.

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Because he had not expected the results until Saturday, Mr Stewart had arrived at the Valley Leisure Centre counting venue wearing Converse trainers and a hoodie.

“Someone said: ‘John, you’d better get home and actually get changed into something a bit more smart.’ he said.

“So we rushed home, and on the way back I though Deborah’s waters were going to break.

“It felt that rushed... I think it was just the frantic nature of the whole day.”