Eastwood: Space needed for a new deal

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has said the the collapse of the all-party talks at Stormont comes as a result of an unwillingness to engage in creative compromise on key elements of former agreements. Mr Eastwood called on the Secretary of State to create space immediately for a reconvened and refreshed process.
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Ritchie: Thoughts with victims of Westminster attack

SDLP South Down MP Margaret has said her thoughts are with victims of an apparent attack on Westminster this afternoon. Ms Ritchie has been in Westminster throughout the attack. All three SDLP MPs as well as their staff are safe.
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McCrossan: Horror after two PSNI Officers targeted in Strabane explosion

SDLP West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan has condemned an attempt on the lives of two police officers in Strabane last night. A device exploded while officers were on patrol on Tuesday night.
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SDLP expresses condolences following passing of Martin McGuinness

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA , Nobel Laureate John Hume and Foyle MP Mark Durkan have expressed their deepest sympathies to the family of Martin McGuinness following news of the former deputy First Minister’s passing. Mr Eastwood said that the Derry man’s remarkable journey from paramilitarism to peace was a hallmark of the transformative effect of the peace process.
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Ritchie: Case for reducing tourism VAT is overwhelming

SDLP South Down MP and chairperson of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy Margaret Ritchie has welcomed a call from the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee to reduce Tourism VAT to 9%. Ms Ritchie has been campaigning for a reduction in VAT on tourism and hospitality products for a number of years as a way to enhance the local economy.
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