Ritchie considering leadership bid

SDLP MLA Margaret Ritchie has said she is receiving calls from inside and outside the party to enter the race to succeed Mark Durkan. Speaking on The Politics Show, Ms Ritchie said she would make her mind up soon but was very heartened by the number of people asking her to run. Alasdair McDonnell, the other likely contender is also expected to be a candidate paving the way for the first ever contest for leader in the SDLP’s history.