Among those who congratulated her yesterday were SDLP leader Mark Durkan, MP Dr Alasdair McDonnell and Assembly member Alex Attwood, notwithstanding that the SDLP does not nominate members to the House of Lords. Dame Nuala is married to SDLP MLA in North Antrim Declan OLoan.
Mr Durkan said that Dame Nuala would provide an independent and articulate voice in the Lords as she has been in her other previous public service positions.
Some Consevatives are working on a plan for an 80% elected chamber called “The Upper House” with an 80% elected membership. Perhaps this would help the SDLP to come out and openly sponsor members to represent their viewpoint in the increasingly effective House.