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Pat Hume says SDLP leader Colum Eastwood is the best man for Europe

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, as drawn by Irish News cartoonist Ian Knox 

THE wife of former SDLP leader John Hume has said Colum Eastwood is best placed to build on her husband's "work and his legacy in the European Parliament".

In a statement issued on the eve of today's European election, Mrs Hume said throughout her husband's political life he took "immense inspiration" from the European Union, regarding it as the "greatest peace and prosperity project of the 20th century".

"John himself understood that after so much conflict, the European project that began as the common market of nations coming together, working to 'spill their sweat and not their blood' was a vision of brilliance – it was an utter inspiration for him on our path toward peace and later, it became an integral part of our solution," she said.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood with Pat Hume. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

"We need another passionate advocate for Europe and for Europe’s place in Northern Ireland today. I’ve watched the campaigns and I believe that Colum Eastwood is that advocate."

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