VIDEO: Pat Ramsey explains reasons for leaving politics

Pat Ramsey, Mayor of Derry 1999/2000.

Pat Ramsey, Mayor of Derry 1999/2000.

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One of the SDLP’s longest serving elected representatives has announced his retirement from politics. Pat Ramsey spent over three decades in politics-almost 20 on Derry City Council and 12 years as an MLA.

Mr Ramsey has agreed to exit the Stormont stage officially on December 31 and his departure from political life has triggered a snap selection convention to choose his successor which will be held around the middle of this month. His replacement will have little time to settle in before facing Assembly elections scheduled for May next year.

In this video he explains his reasons for leaving and what his involvement has meant to him.

BOWING OUT OF POLITICS. . . .SDLP stalwart Pat Ramsey, MLA pictured this week with his wife Chris and daughter Aine at one of his favourite spots at Termonbacca, overlooking the River Foyle. DER4815MC027

BOWING OUT OF POLITICS. . . .SDLP stalwart Pat Ramsey, MLA pictured this week with his wife Chris and daughter Aine at one of his favourite spots at Termonbacca, overlooking the River Foyle. DER4815MC027