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Colum Eastwood is new SDLP leader

Published 14/11/2015

Colum Eastwood wins the SDLP leadership contest during the Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Colum Eastwood wins the SDLP leadership contest during the Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Colum Eastwood has been elected as the new leader of the SDLP defeating Alasdair McDonnell at the party's annual conference in Armagh.

Mr Eastwood, the party's youngest MLA, won 172 to 133.

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Colum Eastwood during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Colum Eastwood during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Press Eye - Belfast - 13th November 2015 - SDLP annual conference in Armagh Picture by Carrie Davenport / SDLP / Press Eye. Alasdair McDonnell placing his vote at the SDLP 2015 Conference at the Armagh City Hotel
Foyle Assembly member Colum Eastwood speaks to the conference having been elected as the new leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party
Press Eye - Belfast - 13th November 2015 - SDLP annual conference in Armagh Picture by Carrie Davenport / SDLP / Press Eye. Alasdair McDonnell placing his vote at the SDLP 2015 Conference at the Armagh City Hotel

Dr McDonnell, a South Belfast MP who has led the SDLP since 2011, had come under pressure to stand down from critics who claim the party cannot be led from Westminster.

But he had insisted he was the man to reverse the party's recent electoral fortunes.

Mr Eastwood, a former mayor of Londonderry, promised to inject new energy into the party.

Dr McDonnell said he had "given his all and a little bit more" as party leader and offered Mr Eastwood "every good wish" for the future.

South Belfast MLA Fearghal McKinney was voted the party's new deputy leader.

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Young pretender: SDLP's Colum Eastwood  

The conference opened at the Armagh City Hotel on Friday.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015
Colum Eastwood wins the SDLP leadership contest during the Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Colum Eastwood wins the SDLP leadership contest during the Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Colum Eastwood wins the SDLP leadership contest during the Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Colum Eastwood wins the SDLP leadership contest during the Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Colum Eastwood wins the SDLP leadership contest during the Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Colum Eastwood wins the SDLP leadership contest during the Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Colum Eastwood wins the SDLP leadership contest during the Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Colum Eastwood wins the SDLP leadership contest during the Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Alasdair McDonnell during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell with his wife Olivia during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell with his daughter Aileen during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/11/2015 Alasdair McDonnell during his Party Leader speech at the SDLP Party Conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, The speech took place before the result of the SDLP leadership contest , The current leader Alasdair McDonnell was challenged by the MLA for Foyle, Colum Eastwood. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Alasdair McDonnell during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Colum Eastwood during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Alasdair McDonnell during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Alasdair McDonnell and his daughter Aileen during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Alasdair McDonnell during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Alasdair McDonnell during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Alasdair McDonnell during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Alasdair McDonnell during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Alasdair McDonnell during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Alasdair McDonnell during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Alasdair McDonnell during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Colum Eastwood during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Colum Eastwood during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Colum Eastwood during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Armagh , UK - NOVEMBER 14 : Pictured is Colum Eastwood during the SDLP conference held in the Armagh City Hotel, Northern Ireland on November 14 2015 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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