The SDLP have been very clear, the current draft Budget is flawed. The SDLP have cooperated at every stage of discussion but cooperation does not equate to subservience. Therefore I make no apology for the SDLP stance of opposition to the budget. The principle on which the SDLP amendment focuses is the need for the […]

Colleagues, Friends, I am honoured to address you all here today at the 43rd SDLP Conference. We are gathered for our conference in the middle of a challenging three year election cycle and a talks process which we hope will get us out of political gridlock: I want to talk to you today about: better […]

It was about time that the Talks process was intensified. Such intensification is necessary if we are to come to a comprehensive and decisive agreement. Today the parties focused on the Past. The SDLP were very clear with the other parties and with the British and Irish Governments that any roll back from the final […]

I would like to thank members of the party who backed my selection as candidate for the Westminster election in May 2015. I am honoured to once again represent the SDLP at the Westminster election in the Summer. I look forward to the challenge of being re-elected, and whilst I know it will be a […]

I welcome a confirmation from the Minister for Health that children from Northern Ireland will not be placed at the bottom of waiting lists when travelling to England for Heart Surgery. This follows concerns raised with me by parents that local children could be disadvantaged when childrens cardiac surgery ceases in Belfast next month. “Following […]

There has been a notable number of criminal incidents in South Belfast over the past number of days. I will be seeking assurances from the local police to ensure there is adequate resourcing and policing plans in the area. If we look over the past few days there has been reports of a number of […]

This lunchtime the SDLP hosted a major honorary lunch at the convention centre in Dublin, to honour a man who can truly say he made his mark on modernising Ireland. T.K Whitaker, as an Economist and Secretary of the Department of Finance developed new ideas and policies that guided the Irish economy to a more outward […]

Met with Ian Adamson, Eamon O’Cuiv TD and Cllr Mary Hanafin at the Ian Paisley memorial last weekend