Special delivery for South Down MLA

South Down Northern Ireland assembly member John McCallister, with his new born son Harry James, at Craigavon area hospital. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 29, 2012. The Ulster Unionist party leadership contender skipped campaigning this morning as he delivered his wife`s baby boy. Mr McCallister performed the emergency procedure on the bathroom floor at home in Co Down after the couple were unable to reach hospital in time. He was talked through it by medical staff on the telephone when his wife Jane began having serious contractions almost a week early. Within half an hour Harry James, weighing 7lbs 10oz, was born. See PA story ULSTER Unionist. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
South Down Northern Ireland assembly member John McCallister, with his new born son Harry James, at Craigavon area hospital. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 29, 2012. The Ulster Unionist party leadership contender skipped campaigning this morning as he delivered his wife`s baby boy. Mr McCallister performed the emergency procedure on the bathroom floor at home in Co Down after the couple were unable to reach hospital in time. He was talked through it by medical staff on the telephone when his wife Jane began having serious contractions almost a week early. Within half an hour Harry James, weighing 7lbs 10oz, was born. See PA story ULSTER Unionist. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

UUP leadership contender and new dad of two, John McCallister, has thanked the emergency services who assisted him deliver his new son Harry.

The South Down assembly member had to perform the emergency procedure on the bathroom floor at his home after the couple were unable to reach the hospital in time.

The leadership contender has skipped campaigning to spend time with his wife, Jane, and their newborn son, Harry James, who weighed 7lbs 10oz.

“The 999 operator talked me through what to do and I did it. There was no way this boy was waiting until we got to hospital,” he said.

“Harry made an appearance in the family bathroom.”

“Jane and Harry are now at Craigavon Area Hospital and doing great. I’ll never forget this morning and I am still in shock. But it was a wonderful outcome and we are thrilled with wee Harry who will be a little brother to Molly.

“What a busy week, now the leadership on Saturday.”