Still a winner in Jane’s eyes!
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
DESPITE his defeat in the weekend's two-man race for UUP leadership, John McCallister remains a winner in his wife's eyes.
The Glascar politician delivered the couple's newborn son as the infant decided to make a dramatic appearance just in time for the big leadership vote.
On Thursday, Mr McCallister should have been out canvassing but instead he found himself in the role of midwife as his wife went into labour a week early. Their son, Harry James McCallister was born in the bathroom of their home around 7am. Mr McCallister was talked through the delivery process by a 999 operator as they waited for an ambulance. And while he admitted he was "disappointed" that he failed in his bid to become party leader, Mr McCallister said he was over the moon to be blessed with two healthy children.
Mr McCallister lost to Mike Nesbitt who won more than 80 per cent of the vote.
Mr McCallister received 129 votes compared to Mr Nesbitt's 536 votes.
Mr McCallister was joined at the AGM with his wife Jane and two-day old son Harry James.
“I have received hundreds of emails, texts, Facebook messages and tweets and for that I am hugely grateful. Unfortunately it wasn't my day on Saturday. Yes I am disappointed but that's politics and you just put it behind you and move on," said Mr McCallister.
“I remain a committed Ulster Unionist and I will support our new leader Mike Nesbitt, just like I supported Tom Elliott. I offer my warmest congratulations to Mike and wish him well in the days ahead.
“The past two weeks were frantic, so I am now looking forward to throwing myself back into my South Down constituency issues and whatever role I have at Stormont.
“The response to my campaign was really encouraging from the outset and I have learned so much from speaking to so many people. Again I want to thank everyone for helping me believe in myself and what I stand for," added Mr McCallister.
Speaking about last Thursday's dramatic events at his Ballinaskeagh home when son Harry arrived into the home a little earlier than planned, Mr McCallister said that he is now settling in well in the family home.
“Things have certainly calmed down since Harry's dramatic entrance into the world early last Thursday morning.
“Jane went into labour a week early and basically within half an hour Harry was born in the bathroom.
“I tried to stay calm for Jane's sake and thankfully the 999 operator gave me good instructions over the phone on how to deliver the baby.
“My mum was on hand to look after Molly who was oblivious to the drama unfolding upstairs. It all happened so fast I hadn't really time to think, but afterwards you do count your blessings everything was straightforward. We were both so relieved when Harry let a cry and we knew everything was fine.
“The ambulance arrived and the paramedics checked Jane and Harry before taking them to Craigavon Hospital," said Mr McCallister.
“I would like to thank the emergency services on a job well done and we are delighted to have Harry and Jane at home.
“Molly is delighted with her baby brother and we enjoyed a lovely weekend getting to know Harry. As for the sleepless nights, well its hard going but part and parcel of a young family.
“We are over the moon and I'm just so blessed to have two healthy children," said Mr McCallister.
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