Nichola Mallon elected new SDLP Deputy Leader
SDLP MLA Nichola Mallon has been elected as the party’s Deputy Leader.
The North Belfast MLA will officially be ratified as the SDLP Deputy Leader at the Party AGM on October 7.
SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood said he is "delighted that Nichola has accepted the nomination branches, and the unanimous endorsement of our Parliamentary Assembly Group to take up the position of SDLP Deputy Leader."
Mr Eastwood praised Ms Mallon for her commitment: “Nichola’s unyielding compassion and fierce commitment to social justice and defending the rights of the most vulnerable in our society has made her an outstanding public representative. I have no doubt that she will serve the party well as our new Deputy Leader," he said.
“As we enter a period of immense instability on the island and across this continent, there will be an inevitable shift in politics. More than ever, we have to be outward looking, we have to be open to the changes on this island and open to its opportunity. I have given Nichola special responsibility undertake that work on behalf of the SDLP.
He added: "The party is incredibly proud that Nichola is stepping up to this new leadership role."
Ms Mallon said: "This is a critical moment for our politics. The challenge we all face is to forge a society based on a positive accommodation of difference and diversity.
“That challenge is made all the more important following the Brexit Bill vote last night."
Ms Mallon added: "I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to step up and take on that work within the SDLP and with political parties and civic society across this island."
Fellow SDLP representative Claire Hanna took to Twitter to congratulate the new Deputy Leader.
Congratulations to tireless & fearless Nichola Mallon, new SDLP Deputy Leader , unanimously supported by branches & endorsed by MLA group pic.twitter.com/HhsT1h2Dsy— Claire Hanna (@ClaireHanna) September 12, 2017
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