SDLP had no option but to oust Alasdair McDonnell

Colum Eastwood wins the SDLP leadership contest.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The SDLP conference is over and there is a new king. In a weekend of carnage and terror, the SDLP membership have convincingly opted for a change of direction. Many moons ago, during another conference, the word came through to the floor of an SDLP closed session of the Enniskillen bomb at the war memorial. Amid the reports of an all-time new low for the IRA, the SDLP seemed to have a renewed sense of purpose. Back then people seemed to understand what the SDLP stood for - or at least what it didn't stand for. Over the years that sense of purpose was made redundant by time a[...]

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