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SDLP is ignoring greater good

In less than two weeks, the people of Fermanagh and South Tyrone will exercise their right to vote in one of the most significant constituencies in the north.

Margaret Ritchie's curt refusal to even consider cooperating with Sinn Fein in Fermanagh and South Tyrone to secure the widest possible nationalist representation is misguided.

The SDLP leader has branded any such co-operation as "sectarian". Co-operating with a party committed to equality, with a record of power-sharing against those whose 'unity' is underpinned by a desire to thwart such progressive change, is not sectarian - it is anti-sectarian.

Sadly, their antipathy towards Sinn Fein has prompted the SDLP to dismiss the greater good for narrow party-political rivalry.