Armagh-born Labour MP Conor McGinn delivers his new baby on living room floor

Armagh-born MP Conor McGinn delivered his baby daughter on the floor of his living room 
John Monaghan

AN Armagh-born MP had to have a "crash course in midwifery over the phone" as he delivered his baby daughter on the floor of his living room.

Conor McGinn (32), the Labour MP for St Helens North, delivered daughter Neasa Constance on Friday night.

It is the second child for the MP, who also has a son with his wife Kate.

In a Facebook post, Mr McGinn said both wife and baby were "doing very well."

He wrote: "Dad is only slightly traumatised after delivering the baby on the living room floor when she decided to arrive a bit quicker than expected... so quickly in fact that she beat the ambulance to it, meaning I had to have a crash course in midwifery over the phone with a 999 call handler!"

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness joked that the Labour MP "could've rang" the former South Down MLA John McCallister, who delivered his second child at home in 2012 after his wife Jane went into labour a week early.

Elected in 2015, the St Helens MP is the son of Pat McGinn, the former Sinn Féin Mayor of Newry and Armagh.

He was a Labour whip before standing down following the sacking of chief whip Dame Rosie Winterton in a reshuffle by leader Jeremy Corbyn.

In July, Mr McGinn told The Irish News that Mr Corbyn had planned to call his father after he criticised the Labour leader in a magazine interview, a claim denied by party officials.


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