Two SDLP Councillors resign from the party in West Tyrone.

The SDLP are launching their election campaign this morning and they have some bad news greeting leader, Colum Eastwood as the BBC’s Gareth Gordon tweets;

SDLP councillors Josephine Deehan& @PatsyKellySDLP resign and will stand as indsocial democrats in W Tyrone. Blow for @columeastwood

— Gareth Gordon (@BBCGarethG) April 5, 2016

Ryan McAleer from the Ulster Herald follows up with;

StrabanecllrPatsy Kelly and OmaghcllrJo Deehanhave blamed “unconstitutionalpractices and cronyism” within @SDLPlive locally. #AE16

— Ryan McAleer(@RyanMcAleerUH) April 5, 2016

John Manley in the Irish News reported back in October the problems within the SDLP over the West Tyrone selection convention , so this has been building for a while.

Both former SDLP Cllrs will contest the election as independents.

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