SDLP: Colum Eastwood. Mark H Durkan. Gerard Diver.
Sinn Féin: Martin McGuinness. Raymond McCartney. Maeve McLaughlin.
People Before Profit: Eamonn McCann.
DUP: Gary Middleton.
Conservative: Alan Dunlop.
UUP: Julia Kee.
Green: Mary Hassan.
CISTA: John Lindsay.
Alliance: Chris McCaw.
Independent: Maurice Devenney.
Independent: Dr Ann McCloskey.
Independent: Kathleen Bradley.
The Spiritual Home of SDLP…John Hume, Mark Durkan and now Colum Eastwood all being Derry people. SDLP lead the Sinn Féin by three seats to two and all five outgoing MLAs are standing gain. Joining the Sinn Féin slate is Martin McGuinness, a Derry man of course, who is de-camped from Mid Ulster.
It will maybe make the first preferences more even. Ultimately SDLP are more transfer-friendly.
DUP hold a seat but there is friction between Gary Middleton (who was co-opted to replace Maurice Devenney so that battle will be interesting.
The fly in the Foyle ointment is Eamonn McCann. He could affect the result. And there is speculation that Pro-Lifer Dr Ann McCloskey could run well.
Prediction….SDLP 3, Sinn Féin 2, DUP 1.