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SDLP hit back at SF claims of ‘divided’ party

SDLP Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell after addressing the Party Conference in Armagh picture Bill Smyth use picture for free

SDLP Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell after addressing the Party Conference in Armagh picture Bill Smyth use picture for free

The SDLP in Derry has hit back at Sinn Fein over claims that the party is divided over participation in the Executive.

Foyle Assemblyman Colum Eastwood last night said the party was united after local MLA Raymond McCartney called on the SDLP to “sort out internal differences on participation in the Executive”.

Mr McCartney said the message from the SDLP party conference was that the party “remains divided on the value of participation in the power-sharing Executive at Stormont. The SDLP need to resolve their internal disputes over participation in government,” he claimed.

However, Mr Eastwood hit back at Sinn Fein’s Assembly Group leader.

“It’s good to hear that Raymond McCartney was so interested in the SDLP party conference. I’d suggest that Mr McCartney would be better spending his time focusing on his own party’s leadership and the failure to come foreward and tell the truth about the past.” He added: “We are not divided, we are a party which is open and prepared to have open debate, and we are very determined to move forward in that vein.”

 

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