The SDLP was born out of the civil rights movement in August 1970 when six Stormont MPs and one Senator joined together.
The SDLP's vision is a reconciled people living in a united, just and prosperous new Ireland.
While political violence in Northern Ireland has claimed more than 3,500 lives, John Hume never abandoned the quest for a peaceful solution.
The SDLP was formed in 1970 to work towards a new, agreed Ireland based on partnership.
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