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SDLP has reason to celebrate 50th as party fortunes on the up after years of decline

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Marking the fifth anniversary of the formation of the SDLP in 1975 were founder members Bob Cooper, Paddy O’Hanlon, Gerry Fitt, Paddy Devlin, John Hume and Austin Currie at the Russell Court Hotel in Belfast

Marking the fifth anniversary of the formation of the SDLP in 1975 were founder members Bob Cooper, Paddy O’Hanlon, Gerry Fitt, Paddy Devlin, John Hume and Austin Currie at the Russell Court Hotel in Belfast

Marking the fifth anniversary of the formation of the SDLP in 1975 were founder members Bob Cooper, Paddy O’Hanlon, Gerry Fitt, Paddy Devlin, John Hume and Austin Currie at the Russell Court Hotel in Belfast

Tomorrow the SDLP celebrates its 50th birthday, an occasion many of us thought it wouldn't be here to see.

Not so long ago the outlook was bleak. The party lost its three MPs in 2017, and the Westminster funding they secured.

Already operating on a tight budget, it put its Belfast headquarters up for sale.