Colum Eastwood: at 32, the youngest-ever leader of the SDLP and the youngest MLA in the Assembly delivered a cracking victory speech.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“That’s the best speech we’ve heard in a hundred years,” said a hugely enthused SDLP supporter to reporters at the press desk after new leader Colum E(...)

Colum Eastwood with new deputy leader Fearghal McKinney. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

New leader Colum Eastwood has pledged to make the SDLP more relevant after he was last night elected the party’s sixth leader. At 32, Mr Eastwood is(...)

Colum Eastwood, who has been elected as the new  SDLP leader is seen with the   new deputy leader Fearghal McKinney at the  party’s conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday. Photograph: Pacemaker

The new leader of the SDLP Colum Eastwood has pledged to make the party more relevant after he was last night elected the sixth leader of the party, a(...)

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell: Dolores Kelly said he came through May’s election campaign with ‘dignity and forbearance’. Photograph: Alan Betson.

SDLP deputy leader Dolores Kelly has predicted that the “DUP-Sinn Féin junta” will cobble a deal together next week to “get them to the May election”(...)

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy: “This budget will usher in billions of further cuts targeted against the most vulnerable in society.”

The two parties most fiercely opposed to the current welfare arrangements in Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein and the SDLP, have issued scathing responses (...)

David Simpson (DUP) criticised what he described as a  ‘ despicable’ attack on my family during the election campaign.

It was a campaign that “slumped to the gutter”, David Simpson declared as he retained his seat in Westminster.After a tough contest, the Democratic Un(...)

Upper Bann is one of those classic electoral triangles where whoever sells his or her message best will have the best chance of victory. It wor(...)

If Dr McDonnell is to have any hope of remaining at the helm, he must hold his South Belfast seat. Photograph: Bill Smyth/PA

There’s a sizeable rump in the SDLP which believes that this time next year the party will have a new leader. Current captain Dr Alasdair McDonnell mi(...)

SDLP deputy leader Dolores Kelly, speaking at the opening of the party’s 42nd annual conference in Belfast, said party leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell (above) was correct in “unambiguously” rejecting Sinn Féin’s call for an electoral pact.  File photograph: Bill Smyth/PA Wire

SDLP deputy leader Dolores Kelly has characterised Sinn Féin as “sleeveens” after Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness this week called for a joint(...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Junior minister Jennifer McCann outside Stormont: McCann  had said she learned of Maíria Cahill’s rape allegations a number of years ago. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The position of Jennifer McCann as Sinn Féin junior minister was “now untenable” following the IRA rape and interrogation allegations made by Maíri(...)