Westminster election candidate gets married on polling day

It's sure to be a very busy day for Westminster hopefuls across Northern Ireland but one candidate will definitely be busier than most.

Thursday, 8th June 2017, 12:56 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th June 2017, 5:15 pm
Alliance Party candidate for west Belfast Sorcha Eastwood pictured after her wedding to Dale Shirlow placing her vote at Brownlee Primary School in Lisburn

That's because Sorcha Eastwood, who is standing for Alliance in west Belfast, got married today at St Patrick's Church in Lisburn today.

But that didn't stop her from casting her vote. Resplendent in a stunning wedding dress, she was joined by husband Dale Shirlow at the polling station at Brownlee Primary School.

Earlier, Alliance leader Naomi Long posted on Facebook: "Big shout out to #WestBelfastAlliance candidate Sorcha Eastwood. Today is a big day as she is not only an election candidate but is getting married!!

"After a lot of stress this week, including surgery to have a pin inserted in her finger after a really nasty dog bite, she deserves more than most, to have the best day ever."

Sorcha is running against five other candidates in the city constituency. They are: Tim Atwood, SDLP; Conor Campbell, The Workers Party; Gerry Carroll, People Before Profit Alliance; Paul Maskey, Sinn Fein and Frank McCoubrey, DUP.

Wedding bells and ballot boxes: Sorcha Eastwood
Newlyweds: Alliance Party candidate for west Belfast Sorcha Eastwood pictured with husband Dale Shirlow placing her vote at Brownlee Primary School in Lisburn
Sorcha Eastwood makes her way out of the polling station in Lisburn
Sorcha Eastwood
Wedding bells and ballot boxes: Sorcha Eastwood
Newlyweds: Alliance Party candidate for west Belfast Sorcha Eastwood pictured with husband Dale Shirlow placing her vote at Brownlee Primary School in Lisburn
Sorcha Eastwood makes her way out of the polling station in Lisburn
Sorcha Eastwood