SDLP should look to Fianna Fail for leadership

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin. Is it time for the SDLP to consider merging with the southern party?
Dear SDLP, You may consider it presumptuous, inappropriate or even downright unmannerly to suggest that you still have the wrong leader. With no disrespect to the contestants in this weekend's leadership election, the person you really need as party leader is Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin. An odd choice, you may say, but if we compare the performance of Fianna Fáil and the SDLP in recent years, you might appreciate the basis for the opinion. In 1998 the SDLP won 24 Assembly seats. By 2011 this had fallen to 14 seats, representing a loss of 80,000 votes. [...]

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