All the pieces are coming together ahead of the 2016 Assembly Election. The selection of Patsy McGlone and Nichola Mallon tonight means there are only four (at most) constituencies to name a candidate(s).
Foyle: Colum Eastwood. Mark H Durkan. Gerard Diver.
South Belfast: Fearghal McKinney. Claire Hanna.
Upper Bann: Dolores Kelly.
South Antrim: Roisin Lynch.
East Antrim: Margaret Anne McKillop.
North Antrim: Connor Duncan.
South Down: Sean Rogers. Colin McGrath. Sinead Challinor.
Armagh-Newry: Karen McKevitt. Justin McNulty.
Fermanagh-South Tyrone: Richie McPhillips.
West Tyrone: Danie Wray McCrossan.
Mid Ulster: Patsy McGlone.
North Belfast: Nichola Mallon.
Lagan Valley: Pat Catney.
Strangford: Joe Boyle and/or Terry Andrews***
East Derry: not yet decided (as far as I know) but likely to be two candidates …possibly both women.
West Belfast: not yet decided (as far as I know) and that might mean a surprise.
East Belfast: obviously not a natural SDLP stronghold and while I have a hunch, it would be unfair to say.
North Down: same situation. Unfair to name my hunch.
***Strangford ….the SDLP Annual Report at Conference named both Joe and Terry. But my understanding is that only one will be on paper.
THIS IS NOT A POST THAT INVITES SPECULATION ON ELECTORAL PROSPECTS.