Ritchie to stand for SDLP Leader

Margaret Ritchie has announced her intention to stand for leader of the SDLP. Speaking in Parliament Buildings flanked by Carmel Hanna MLA (South Belfast), Dolores Kelly MLA (Upper Bann), Mary Bradley MLA (Foyle), Thomas Burns (South Antrim), Tommy Gallagher (Fermanagh South Tyrone) and Alex Attwood MLA (West Belfast), Ms Ritchie said:

I have a comprehensive plan for the renewal of the party and an exciting vision for the way forward, I will be setting out that vision to the broad party membership and to the wider public thereafter.

Sources suggest Ms Ritchie has the support of the majority of the SDLP Assembly team.