SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has paid tribute to the work and contribution of Pat Ramsey to Derry ahead of the Foyle MLA stepping down from the Assembly.
Mr Eastwood said: “Pat Ramsey represents everything that is good and decent about local politics. Over 30 years in politics and 20 more in community work, Pat has demonstrated himself to be an honest and dedicated public representative.
“Pat’s enormous work for people with disabilities, his efforts to improve life for those with diabetes and his unflinching dedication to helping the most vulnerable has made an indelible impact on the lives of so many. His legacy will live long in the memory of those he has helped in Derry an across the North.
“As the SDLP’s parliamentary group whip, Pat has been at the heart of our business in the Assembly. Always firm but fair, his contribution has been immeasurable and will be deeply missed.
“I have no doubt Pat will continue to make a significant contribution to the lives of people in Derry. It’s the mark of him as a politician and a person that he cares deeply about our city. He will remain a friend of the SDLP and we all wish him well in the time ahead.”