Not 2, not 3, but 4 SDLP leadership candidates to choose from…

Sorry for the late arrival of this thread… it was somewhat delayed by the surprise announcement that Team Sinn Fein has chosen the Deputy First Minister to run a southern campaign that could almost have been calculated to run interference on the SDLP’s second shot at electing a leader in as many years…

So it’s Patsy McGlone, Alasdair McDonnell, Alex Attwood and Conall McDevitt…

Better than a coronation or a managed succession of the type many feel was engineered last time out… Two from the centre left, two from the centre right of the party… Whoever wins will need to provide purpose direction, and the capacity to unite the party behind a popular cause…

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