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SDLP's Nichola Mallon will not make a return to politics if an election is called

Former infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon. Picture by Hugh Russell
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Nichola Mallon, the former infrastructure minister and SDLP's former deputy leader, will not return to politics even if an election is called.

According to a source close to Ms Mallon, she will not run if a poll is called by the Secretary of State, Chris Heaton-Harris. 

Tensions are mounting ahead of Friday's deadline for a return to Stormont power-sharing as an election deadline looms.

Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris yesterday urged the DUP to get back into government saying the party could still make choices to avoid triggering a December poll.

In May, Ms Mallon lost her seat.

At the time she said: "It has been a privilege to serve the people of North Belfast as a Councillor and then a MLA for the past 12 years. I want to thank every single person who came out to vote for me over that time. Time for a new chapter..." 

She had been a North Belfast MLA since 2016 and previously served as Lord Mayor.

An SDLP Spokesperson said:  “In the event of an Assembly election the SDLP will confirm our candidates in due course.” 

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