Mountpottinger Road, Belfast. Naomi Long, outgoing Alliance MP for East Belfast. The “Ginga Ninja” was elected in a perfect storm in 2010. Unionism was divided. DUP was sufferiing from the Iris Robinson scandal and she picked up some votes from the small number of nationalists in the constituency.
Ms Long is fighting hard to retain the seat. Certainly aided by Slugger O’Toole and the broader LetsGetAlongerist community. If she is defeated, I dont expect her to stop fighting. I would think it would to some damaging in-fighting in Alliance. And set up interesting selection conventions in two or three constituencies.
Malachi O’Doherty has already mentioned the jewelery in his poorly received “Belfast Telegraph” article. Certainly the bling is hard to miss. But just as interesting is the twin cranes from Belfast Shipyard. No doubt this is intended to emphasise her “I’m just an ordinary wee girl from Dee Street” appeal.