Tag Archives: Colum Eastwood MLA

SDLP Conference 2016

I was not at yesterday’s SDLP Annual Conference in Derry. In spite of my absence…or because of it…it was by all accounts , a success. Staging the Conference in March was a success. Assembly Elections  and the fixed term British … Continue reading

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SDLP: Reasons To Be Cheerful

I wont be able to travel to Derry for the SDLP Conference tomorrow. It promises to be a Conference with a difference. It is in Derry, spiritual home of the Party and the constituency of new Leader, Colum Eastwood. I … Continue reading

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Colum Eastwood In Upper Bann

As Mrs FJH says I never take her out, I surprised her by taking her to hear SDLP Leader, Colum Eastwood and Senator Mairia Cahill at a SDLP Upper Bann meeting tonight. SDLP Conference is on Saturday. The Party is … Continue reading

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SDLP: The Campaign Begins

Introducing the SDLP spokespersons in a two hour presentation was an interesting innovation. Normally re-shuffling the “front bench” would have been handled by a simple press release sent along to journalists in the cafeteria in Stormont. So at least two … Continue reading

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SDLP: The Case For Opposition

It is certainly possible to have a very academic debate in SDLP…should the Party play a role in the Norn Iron Executive. I could present a case either way. But really it boils down to a single photograph. Earlier this … Continue reading

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Pat Ramsey MLA Retires

i have to say that I am personally sorry to hear that Pat Ramsey is standing down from the Assembly. A genuinely decent guy. SDLP man to the core. He will be a hard man to replace in part because … Continue reading

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Colum Eastwood …New SDLP Leader

I blogged this on 5th November. “There are three groups in SDLP. One supporting Alasdair and one supporting Colum….but dont ignore a large body of opinion that this contest (for two different reasons) should not be taking place.” Dare I … Continue reading

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Colum Eastwood Launches Campaign For Leadership

So…”The Hive”, Grosvenor Road, Belfast. Less than half a mile from where I spent the first seventeen years of my life. Once a Westie, always a Westie. In the end, around two hundred people in attendance. A lot from Derry … Continue reading

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SDLP And Slugger O’Toole…Catch Yourself On, Mick!

So Slugger O’Toole has issued an invitation for a SDLP Leadership hustings event with local journalists and an audience of SDLP members. Thats awfully decent of Slugger O’Toole. After all, in May this year in East Belfast, Slugger O’Toole did … Continue reading

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SDLP Leadership Contest

If you are travelling over the Glenshane Pass tomorrow afternoon, look out for a bus load of  SDLP “Derry wans” heading to Belfast. They are heading for the official launch of Colum Eastwood’s Leadership Election Campaign. Thursday is of course … Continue reading

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