Nichola Mallon is the new Deputy Leader of the SDLP

Nichola Mallon has become the new Deputy Leader of the SDLP, the position was vacant after the former Deputy Leader, Fearghal McKinney lost his seat at the 2016 Assembly Election.

Speaking about her election she said;

“This is a critical moment for our politics.

“The challenge we all face is to forge a society based on a positive accommodation of difference and diversity.

“That challenge is made all the more important following the Brexit Bill vote last night.

“I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to step up and take on that work within the SDLP and with political parties and civic society across this island.”

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