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Colum Eastwood is new SDLP leader

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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The conference opened at the Armagh City Hotel on Friday.


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