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;
— Gareth Gordon (@BBCGarethG) April 5, 2016
Ryan McAleer from the Ulster Herald follows up with;
— 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