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Editor's Viewpoint: New peer Ritchie will be a welcome voice in the Lords

Former SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie
Former SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie

Editor's Viewpoint

Former SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie will be a welcome nationalist voice in the House of Lords after being made a peer in Theresa May's resignation honours list. She was a long-serving understudy to Eddie McGrady in the Downpatrick area and it was her work as an a councillor, Assembly member and MP with which she made her mark.

In 2010 she made history by becoming the first nationalist leader to wear a poppy on Remembrance Day demonstrating her desire to enhance community relations. She was a pragmatic politician on whom the burden of leadership of the fading SDLP lay heavily, but as the peerage shows she is widely respected.

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