SDLP reshuffle…

Looks like the SDLP may be preparing to get rid of their double jobbing MPs as Mark Durkan steps down from his last significant job in the Assembly. H/T toTerry McErlean at Chambre, here’s the full extent of the SDLP’s reshuffle:

The SDLP have announced their own reshuffle. This includes Mark Durkan standing down as Chair of the Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

The SDLP have announced their new Assembly team.

EMPOYMENT AND LEARNING Pat Ramsey replaces Alex Attwood

AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT Patsy McGlone replaces PJ Bradley

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT Tommy Gallagher replaces John Dallat

ENVIRONMENT John Dallat replaces Tommy Gallagher

OFMDFM Alex Attwood replaces Dolores Kelly

CULTURE ARTS AND LEISURE PJ Bradley replaces Pat Ramsey

Mary Bradley will replace Alban Maginness on the Social Development Committee, while Thomas Burns remains spokesman.

CHAIRS

ETI Mark Durkan will be replaced by Alban Maginness

ENVIRONMENT Patsy McGlone will be replaced by Dolores Kelly.

OTHER COMMITTEES

John Dallat replaces Declan OLoan on the Committee for Procedures.

Tommy Gallagher replaces Pat Ramsey on the Audit Committee.

Patsy McGlone replaces John Dallat on Public Accounts Committee.

Declan OLoan replaces Thomas Burns on Public Accounts Committee.

Carmel Hanna will replace Alban Maginness as a member of the Assembly Commission.

Pat Ramsey is now the Assembly Group Whip.

  • Disinterested observer

    Mmmm Looks like primarily a case of finding a consolation prize for Alban. He was never likely to win Europe and the Justice job for which he would have been well suited is also slipping away for DETI Chair it is.
    Telling that they have no young talent whatsoever.
    Mark is still double jobbing too

  • Expenses111

    I strongly suspect that Mark knows his time as Foyle MP is up and his other 2 MP’s are finished. He is probably now working to fight for his seat. McDonnell is finished in South Belfast and as for South Down McGrady is gone. People are not going to vote for an MP who spent £315 on a hotel for 1 night.

  • Mairseal Ui Neill

    Cá bhfuil Dominic Bradley??????

  • den

    A party list of nonentities, little known outside their own confines…

  • John O’Connell

    E111

    Mark knows his time as Foyle MP is up and his other 2 MP’s are finished.

    Nonsense. In Euro poll SDLP outpolled SF in Foyle comfortably. As for South Belfast, a three-way split in unionism may mean that the seat will be held. I think the figures show that the SDLP will hold South Down. So where are you coming from, E111?

  • JOC

    Ah ha Mr SDLP is back.

    1. How do you know that SDLP outpolled SF comfortably in Foyle?

    2. In South Belfast the 3 unionist parties have vowed to work together to get the seat back.

    3. In South Down many people are fed up with SDLP. One person in the Sunday Life said recently that in the 40 years they have worked and lived outside Downpatrick they never once seen Eddie McGrady.

    As we all know the SDLP live in cuckoo land. Alban M said he would top the poll, then he said he would win a seat then he said the SDLP was on the way back. He got the first 2 dramatically wrong. I don’t think he will get the third one correct

  • Expenses1111

    Last post was by me but is for JOC

  • John O’Connell

    1. How do you know that SDLP outpolled SF comfortably in Foyle?

    Tally men from the SDLP, UUP and DUP say so. Sinn Fein had only one tallyman covering all of Foyle and he could not have been accurate whatever his figures.

    2. In South Belfast the 3 unionist parties have vowed to work together to get the seat back.

    They have to get agreement elsewhere on who should stand down. With two parties this proved impossible. With three, who hate each other with a passion, this will prove to be impossible again.

    3. In South Down many people are fed up with SDLP. One person in the Sunday Life said recently that in the 40 years they have worked and lived outside Downpatrick they never once seen Eddie McGrady.

    That’s a loyalist newspaper. I think the figures at Westminster tell their own story.

    then he said the SDLP was on the way back

    With Gerry Adams in deep trouble over the hunger strike issue, the issue that created the groundswell of public sympathy that brought him in to politics and overcame the sheer lunacy that was the armed struggle, you never know what might happen. Personally I think that it’s the beginning of the end for Sinn Fein.

  • Killian

    Dominic Bradley will remain where he has been since 2007, as the Deputy Chair of the Education Committee, the voice of sanity in the chaos that has been created by Catriona Ruane. He will also remain on the DCAL Committee and will continue to fight for the Irish Language at every turn. He is the only MLA that has brought forward legislation to attain an Irish language. Others talk the talk, Dominic walks the walk.

    The SDLP is stronger for Irish language and stronger on Education. The SDLP delivers.

  • Expenses111

    JOC

    Ok what figures were provided in Foyle? How do these tally men know what goes on the ballot paper?

    With regards Eddie it is now the common consensus in South Down that people are simply not going to vote for him. Young and old are not going to vote in protest. What has he ever done bar line his pockets?

  • Killian

    *Irish Language Act

  • John O’Connell

    E111

    Try this

    http://www.derryjournal.com/journal/SDLP-beat-SF-in-Foyle.5360847.jp

    the common consensus in South Down that people are simply not going to vote for him. Young and old are not going to vote in protest. What has he ever done bar line his pockets?

    On the basis of what scientific information do you base your consensus? He wouldn’t have been re-elected for twenty years for doing nothing.

  • JOC- SDLP, DUP, UUP and Alliance tallies all indicated that SDLP was 2000 ahead of SF in Foyle:
    http://www.derryjournal.com/journal/We-were-first-in-Foyle.5353662.jp

    Disinterested Observer – Durkan is double jobbing but Peter Robinson is triple jobbing and so is Martin McGuinness – Empey and Ford obviously have the problem of not having managed to get elected MPs. Bit of balance is due.

    Expenses111 – are you suggesting that people would rather vote for Sinn Fein who (a) have created a mess in education, (b) managed little else and (c) continue to spend around £3000 every single month above the odds for a house in London?
    http://northbynorthwestblog.wordpress.com/2009/05/10/sinn-fein-and-the-gravy-train/

    It’s a bit sad that Slugger contributors are rehearsing the same cracked record as was spun out before the 01, 03, 05, 07 and 09 elections and the Stoops are still around.

    http://northbynorthwestblog.wordpress.com/

  • Darcy McGee

    Expenses111 or Expenses1111 (you’d need to get your figures right for putting in your claims)

    “How do these tally men know what goes on the ballot paper?”

    It is an age old practice called tallying by which men (or women) look at the papers as they are being counted. It is actually very simple and open so long as you have enough people to do it. They simply look at the ballots!

    Political parties North and South have done it for decades.

  • Expenses111, the word from the Sunday Life is that some of the claims made in the highly unusual story about Eddie McGrady are being anxiously and belatedly checked. Watch this space.

  • J Kelly

    As Mark Durkan has already stated a few weeks back on Lets Talk he wont contest Westminster as an MLA so today looks like a clearing of the decks for a full on defence in Foyle. This poses big questions for the SDLP, as an Irish Nationalist/Republican Party do they see Westminster as more important than the Assembly? Can Durkan lead the party from Westminster? If elected that is. Do they SDLP have a leader in the current Assembly team?

  • John O’Connell

    J Kelly

    Oh, the Pharisees are back in town.

  • J Kelly

    John real questions and you know as well as i do they will have to answered.

  • John O’Connell

    J Kelly

    They’ll be answered for the faithful in due course, I’m sure, not for the Pharisees.

  • Expenses111

    Back to the age old argument of the SDLP. What has Eddie McGrady done in South Down? I spoke to 30 people who votes Eddie last time and this time not 1 will vote for them. Even on election day Eddie was no where to be seen. What about 1 of the polling stations where a local councillor John Doris didnt speak to people unless they drove up in expensive cars.

  • brendan,belfast

    Expenses – youare great at spouting nonsense.

    Quote away at the Sunday Life story but soon enuogh it will emerge that the guy in the story doesn’t even live in south Down, so I don’t know why he would expect to see Eddie where he lives. The story was a hatchet job – and an inaccurate one at that.

    So you spoke to 30 people who voted Eddie last time who won’t vote for him next? What are you, a sub cintractor for Gallup?? Those are absolutely amazing statistics.

    You clown.

  • Expenses111

    Brendan,

    Play the ball not the man.

    How do you know that the guy doesnt live in South Down?

    People have finally realised what McGrady and Ritchie are – bluffers and liars.

  • brendan,belfast

    Simple – I looked him up on the electoral register. Either he doesn’t live in south Down, or he’s not registered to vote. In either case, he has no credibility – much like the story.

    Dont you like clowns? Seems like you were talking to 30 of them, or did you by ANY chance make that little story up?

  • Expenses111

    Brendan,

    Why did the Sunday Life run the story then?

  • The Original Sam Maguire

    The Derry stoops are getting quite agitated – I don’t know why, despite the SF talk (you’d think they’d have learned by now) it’s unlikely that Anderson will make up enough ground on Durkan to take the Westminster seat next time out.

    However, the real kick in the stones will come in 2011 in the new Derry/Strabane council elections the SDLP are all but wiped out in the current Strabane council area and SF are the largest party on the council.

  • brendan,belfast

    Expenses – I guess that’s a question for the Sunday Life, not for me. But maybe you will be more careful about falling for such nonsense in the future.

  • Pancho’s Horse

    I see, in spite of all Mick Fealty’s huffin and puffin, the grey signatures still appear. And like the dreary steeples, the stoop-zombies still scare the children.And the Anti-Christ (whoever that is) is still Uachtaran of Sinn Féin – the biggest party in the 6 counties.

  • TKbytesback

    Expenses111 – the so called south down pensioner against Eddie Mc Grady lives in strangford not South Down -so wonder he did not see him at elections. He apparently was recruited from a golf club. and while he may be like quaffing wine – mcgrady does not he is a tee-totaller. The odd fact would be helpful.

  • Scamallach

    Expenses

    “What about 1 of the polling stations where a local councillor John Doris didnt speak to people unless they drove up in expensive cars”

    Are you having a laugh with these playground made-up stories? Who said this? Did you see it happen? Did you observe his actions throughout the whole day? Let me guess, your mate’s da’s wife’s colleague walked past as Doris happened to be talking to someone who owned a better car than he did.

    “Why did the Sunday Life run the story then?”

    Because it is a unionist hack mag, that is what they do. Where are you from?

  • TerryD

    Seriously though, what message does this send out from the SDLP? Is he saying Westminster is where its at?

    And if this is the case how does that square with the SDLP’s pursuit of powersharing? Or is he actually saying the pays better, I’m wasted here anyway and I’m off to be a little fish in London because who’ll notice?

    PS, love the biblical and satanical references. With Durkan heading off is there a gap for a Derry based stoop with biblical knowledge standing for elction. Go JOC, go.

  • liam

    alex attwood needs TUNES the way he says tamunity