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.


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.”