This year 2010, Ritchie became both an associate of Parliament (for the Southern Down constituency) and the first choice of the Sociable Democratic and Labour Party. Previously, she experienced served as North Ireland’s Minister for Sociable Advancement. After graduating from Queen’s University or college, Belfast, she became an associate to MP Eddie McGrady and was consequently elected towards the North Ireland Set up. In past due 2010, she stirred controversy by publicly criticizing Ireland’s Sinn Fein politics party. A indigenous of Downpatrick, North Ireland, she grew up in the Roman Catholic trust. In 2007, she been successful Democratic Unionist Party politician Nigel Dodds as Minister for Sociable Development.