Sunday December 8, 2019

SDLP take their seats, but SF don’t: battle over abstentionism in Foyle

As the North gears up for the election on December 12, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion face a tight contest

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

24th November, 2019
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood canvassing outside the Guildhall in Derry city. (Pic: Joe Dunne)

Colum Eastwood wants to talk about abstentionism, but is instead locked in a debate about abortion.

The SDLP leader is canvassing outside the Richmond shopping centre in the heart of Derry city, where he is attempting to win back a Westminster seat from Sinn Féin that had previously been held by the SDLP for 34 years. His main campaign theme is anti-abstentionism – a promise that he will sit in the House of Commons, unlike...

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