SDLP must find its backbone to win back Hume’s home patch

The SDLP was floored by the loss of its then leader Mark Durkan’s seat in the 2017 general election wipeout. Two years later, it has yet to get back on its feet

29th September, 2019
Claire Hanna and Colum Eastwood of the SDLP: Hanna resigned the party whip earlier this yearGetty

The 2017 Westminster elections represented an historic low for the SDLP, with the party losing all three of its MPs. A stand-out moment was Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion winning the Foyle seat, sweeping aside the sitting MP Mark Durkan by just 169 votes. This was nothing short of a sensational victory for Sinn Féin, which had defeated the SDLP in its heartland.

Historically, Foyle has been a stronghold for the SDLP,...

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