SDLP rookie 'to run for deputy'
The SDLP's youngest Assembly Member has been approached stand for deputy leader of the party - despite his relative youth - senior sources have revealed.
Foyle MLA Colum Eastwood (28) said he did not want to make any detailed comment, but he had not yet reached any decision.
"I think the coming months need to be about ideas, about what role the SDLP has to play and what it has to offer, and where it stands in terms of Ireland, rather than about personalities," he added.
Current deputy leader Patsy McGlone's decision to challenge Margaret Ritchie for the leadership automatically leaves the deputy's position up for grabs.
Mr Eastwood was elected in May following a year in office as mayor of Derry where he was involved in the city's successful bid for the 2013 City of Culture.
Only a few weeks after his election he was appointed as Assembly parliamentary secretary to Environment Minister Alex Attwood, a staunch supporter of Ms Ritchie.