Battle to replace Alasdair McDonnell as an MLA gets going

Something that will put the cat the amongst the pigeons emerged today and that is the entry into the race of Botanic Cllr, Declan Boyle to replace the party leader, Alasdair McDonnell.

Boyle is up against the Balmoral Cllr, Claire Hanna, who came within just one vote of topping the poll last year and stood to replace Conall McDevitt in 2013, only to lose out to Fearghal McKinney.

When the party select a replacement on 25th June it will be interesting to see who will win. Hanna called for McDonnell to stand down on BBC’s The View a few weeks ago, whilst Boyle is thought to have a better relationship with the party leader.

I know it can be easy to get into analysis which turns out to be ‘muck’ when the final results are announced, but I will leave it open to you, who do you think will win on 25th June?

It is also worth keeping in mind that the second SDLP seat in South Belfast is marginal and we are less than a year out from an Assembly election.


David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs