SDLP suspend three councillors on Belfast City Council

From the BBC

On Monday night, the three Belfast City Council members abstained on a vote condemning harassment and intimidation of people outside the facilities.

It is understood Pat Convery, Kate Mullan and Declan Boyle have been suspended for an indefinite period.

The SDLP had seven members on Belfast City Council but now it has only four.

Mr Convery, a former lord mayor of Belfast, will be replaced as SDLP group leader, and Kate Mullan will be replaced as deputy leader.

The party said its Councillors had been instructed to support the motion, brought by Green and Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) members, during Monday’s council meeting.

Here is the said motion

Update-Declan Boyle says he has “no regrets” 

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