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SDLP's Tim Attwood says he is 'not an advocate' of his party's partnership with Fianna Fáil

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood. Picture by Ann McManus

SDLP Belfast councillor Tim Attwood has said he is "not an advocate" of his party's partnership with Fianna Fáil, it has been reported.

Mr Attwood could not be reached for comment by the Irish News.

The Andersonstown News reported Mr Attwood as saying he was "not an advocate of the SDLP and Fianna Fáil partnership".

"I have the greatest respect for the leadership of the SDLP and recognise there is a natural and wider debate about political realignment on this island. The reality is my politics is steadfastly rooted in the social democratic and labour traditions embodied by the SDLP and parties of the Party of European Socialists," he told the newspaper.

Mr Attwood said he would speak with his family and SDLP members in his constituency about the proposal.

"I will make a further statement after these discussions," he added.

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